Tinned sweetcorn can be found ubiquitously in supermarkets and at your local tackle shop. You can keep a tin of sweetcorn stored for years in your box, ready for the day when a change of bait will bring those bigger fish. However, many fisheries do not permit the bringing of tins onto the site. Regrettably a minority of anglers have been known to discard their tins in the water or in the hedge rather than taking them home. Frozen sweetcorn is also readily available.
Sweetcorn is more typically used during the summer months but can sometimes produce bites during the winter too.
History of sweetcorn as a fishing bait
Sweetcorn originates from North America and was almost certainly brought back to Europe by the 15th-century explorer Christopher Columbus. Quite when it first arrived on British soil is uncertain.
Its use as a fishing bait seems to have happened relatively recently though. It is not mentioned by Fletcher writing in the 1920s in his ‘Baits and Groundbaits for Match Fishing' nor does it appear in ‘Baits and Groundbaits' by Faddist (Edward Ensom) published in 1950, which lists more than 30 coarse fishing baits, excluding flies and lures.
It's mentioned in Fred J Taylor's writings in the 1970s as a good bait for tench, so we believe that it probably wasn't in common usage as a fishing bait until the 1970s.