The Big Red Carp Fishing Blog
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.
Carpticle™ is a blend of mini and micro seeds and cereals (including millet, rapeseed, milo, groats, hempseed, and aniseed oil) specially blended and formulated to allow fermentation to take place.
One of the best selling products in the Haith's Baits range is the amazingly versatile SuperRed™.
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