The Big Red Carp Fishing Blog
There has been considerable interest in the bait world over the announcement by Haith’s SuperCatch that three new ‘Robins’ would be added to the range of carp bait additives to supplement their flagship product ROBIN RED ® . The idea behind these new ingredients is to allow bait makers to utilise much of the attraction of the original product, Robin Red, without the subsequent – possibly unwanted – consequence of having the bait finish up a deep red colour. Thus naturally yellow birdfoods base mixes can be coloured orange, green or gold, and still maintain some of the taste and attraction offered by Robin Red (which would otherwise create red baits). The New Robins all have their own unique flavour to keep Carp guessing. Today, though, I want to concentrate on their colour.
Carp are frustrating beasts. Just when you think you have got the fish all worked out they go and break the rules and start playing hard to get. It’s strange but true; carp can be easier to catch in certain areas and almost impossible to catch in others. Some of the most challenging areas are the spots where they go to chill out and rest up for the day.
We have looked at the various ‘Reds’ previously in this series of articles and I have concentrated mainly on Super Red. However, there are three other variations on the theme and in this article I will be concentrating on Honey Red. All the ‘Reds’ are based on our famous all-species attractor Robin Red and in the case of Honey Red the bulk ingredients are the sweet and spicy PTX and the highly attractive Red Factor.
We have seen all manner of trends come and (sometimes) go in the bait business and the latest fad – or is it much more than that? – is boiled bait based on nut products. There has been a lot of talk in the press and on the forums about these baits so I thought I would have a little play around with a few ideas myself. I decided to start with tiger nuts, arguably the most effective and certainly the most popular of all the nut baits.
The period from October through to Christmas is generally accepted as being the best time of the year to go carp fishing. The days grow shorter and the water temperature drops and carp recognise these seasonal time clocks as nature’s way of telling them that winter is coming; time to fatten up for the bleak times ahead. That said, don’t make the mistake of thinking that the carp are suddenly going to drop their guard and throw caution to the wind. As fish that has been suspicious of bait all summer is not going to loose that suspicion just like that!