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.
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
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.
In my opinion, groats are on a par with hempseed when it comes to pulling down carp onto a bait carpet. It absolutely staggered me to watch them feed and I have never seen preoccupied feeding like it. As I watched I witnessed dozens of carp really competing hard for every last grain and from time to time a fish would turn away from the bait carpet, literally stuffed to the gills. I clearly saw hundreds of individual grains spilling from its mouth and gill covers, so much had it crammed in.