If you are making your own bait and want it to stay on try using elbow macaroni. Just boil some elbow macaroni and strain it, dump it on a smooth surface, (I use a large plastic cuttin board) then using a old style potato masher add your favorite ingredients. You can use corn meal, wheat germ, etc. I use spam and wheat germ, and experiment with flavoring - Jello, spices, whatever. If you fish in a lake, pond or slow current you won't even need a sinker.