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.
French fishing giant, STARBAITS is set for lift off this year with Haith's ROBIN RED and the NEW Robins, each available in high-quality 1kg packs. STARBAITS joined forces with Haith's two years ago to help stamp out the fake versions of ROBIN RED sold throughout the EC. STARBAITS are dedicated to including genuine ingredients in their baits and hold a unique licence which allows them to sell 100% uncut ROBIN RED as shown below in their 2014 sales literature...
Dynamite Baits and Terry Hearn have taken a giant step to reveal what's in their baits and - in doing so - have made it easier for anglers to see who's using genuine Haith's Baits ingredients. Top marks go to Dynamite Baits and Terry Hearn. They're also proudly displaying their unique ROBIN RED logo and licence number. They also reveal the inclusion of Haith's Nectarblend & Red Factor, two classic bird food baits used by angling experts througout Europe.
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.