The bait of the day - - - SALMON EGGS!!
We have sturgeon in the river and a blob is a good as it gets. I've only caught a couple in my lifetime. The bait also, in fact, is primarily for flathead catfish. (I never liked night fishing so I never really expected much luck).
I don't know about in England but in Scotland possesion of salmon roe is a criminal offence.
Any person who buys, sells, exposes for sale or is in possession of any salmon roe shall
be guilty of an offence, and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3
on the standard scale.
Subsection (1) above shall not apply to any person who gives a reason, satisfactory to
the court before which that person is charged, for being in possession of salmon roe.
It shall be a defence for a person charged with an offence under subsection (1) above to
that the roe had been produced in the course of fish farming within the meaning
given by section 33(6) of the Fisheries Act 1981 (c.29.); or
that that person believed on reasonable grounds that it had been so produced.
A person who commits an offence under this section may be convicted on the evidence
of one witness.
Subsection (3) above is without prejudice to the provisions of subsection (2) above
relating to the circumstances in which subsection (1) above does not apply.