The Big Red Carp Fishing Blog
Just about anything can be used as bait to catch carp. Natural baits such as maggots, worms, mealworms, water snails and mussels all have their day, but generally speaking we tend to divide carp baits into four (4) sections; particles, groundbait, pellets and boilies.
I first got interested in using what we generally call particle baits back in the early 70s when Rod Hutchinson first wrote his definitive series of articles in Angling magazine, and later in his first book.
This can be a funny time of the year weather-wise…I remember the first time I took Carole to France… It was early-May and naturally I thought the weather would be fine and kind to her, but it rained for two days, then hailed for another two days, then snowed for a further day. She fell in putting a fish back so I have no idea how the rest of the holiday’s weather went as she insisted we came home!
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.