The Big Red Carp Fishing Blog
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If, like me you fish more long sessions of a week or more than you do day or weekend sessions, then you may like to try this tip for preparing particles at the lakeside. Though some folks think that a particle such as maize, for instance, can be prepared simply by soaking it in lake water, this is simply not the case. Every particle should be soaked AND cooked in order to prepare it safely. However, on long sessions cooking large amounts of grains or pulses by the water’s edge can cause problems
Many people think that seeds, particles and groundbaits are less effective in winter. They are making a BIG mistake! I will happily use as much groundbaits, etc. in winter as I do in summer and I have found that a particle-based approach is actually more productive than one based purely on boiled baits.
While we sit on our hands through the dark days of winter, with a ‘roof’ of ice covering our favourite lakes, now is the time to think about the warmer days ahead; specifically about catching carp using what I call mass baits, namely mini boilies, seeds and seed blends, boilie crumb, chops and groundbait. You see, using mass baits to create preoccupation is probably one of the most sure fire ways of getting action in modern carp fishing.
There are many contradictory opinions about particles in winter, with some pundits saying they are a big no-no and others telling you they are better by far than a boiled-baits approach! In fact both are effective and while boilies may rule the roost on one water, particles may be dominant on another. And of course, there will certainly be waters where BOTH boilies and particles work well in the colder months.
Tiger nuts are one of the most popular carp baits. They are sweet to the taste and they have that ‘crunch’ factor carp anglers seem to find so appealing these days, but nutritionally they appear to have little food value, and there seems little doubt that if over used they can cause health problems. So why do carp eat them and keep on eating them? Well, I wish I knew! All I do know is that tiger nuts will most certainly account for numerous carp this year and every one that follows.