The Big Red Carp Fishing Blog
For years now carp anglers have questioned the recipes and ingredients of the better base mixes on the market. Are they justified in doing so? Well yes, they are. If you bought a car you would want to be told the full specifications of the product as well as knowing how it performs. So it is with carp baits, and I am talking specifically base mixes now.
A long time ago when modern boiled baits were being developed in the UK the very first specialised base mixes were all formed using ingredients intended for feeding caged and wild birds. These came to be known as bird food mixes and they are still one of the most popular carp baits in current use. They have the twin advantages of being usually comparatively cheap and yet highly digestible. They are therefore very attractive to carp.
I am often asked to recommend a recipe for a cheap yet nutritious and long lived boiled bait. Well to be honest that is asking the impossible. You see, the words cheap and nutritious don’t sit well in a sentence, and if you add long lasting as well it becomes even less plausible. However, here is a bait that should last a summer or a bit longer. It is affordable, versatile and easy to make. I’ll go through the procedure step by step.
Continuing this short expose of some of the best-kept birdfood secrets in the carp, I would like to concentrate again on the blend we discussed last month (Red Factor™ + Ready-Mix™), along with another widely used but often woefully misused birdfood, Haith's® ™ Red Band® Pigeon Conditioner.
Boiled baits based upon birdfoods are usually almost instantly successful with no need for extensive pre-baiting campaigns. Most of the birdfoods feeds used in modern carp baits are in fact blends of various crushed or ground seeds such as hempseed together with ground cereals, pulses, biscuit meal, bran and other goodies. As their name implies, birdfoods were never intended to be used as fish feeds but were originally formulated as feeds that would maintain the condition of show birds such as parakeets, canaries and budgies. However, as luck would have it carp too find them highly palatable, not least because of the high-energy factor.