The Big Red Carp Fishing Blog
By now you have either seen the bait being eaten by the carp themselves or you have possibly created a dinner plate effect on the lakebed, where carp that have been feeding on your bait have swept the area clean of silt and weed. This should give you all the confidence you need to re-bait and then fish areas you have been pre-baiting. In my opinion there is only one way to fish in this kind of situation and that is by single rod stalking. I have caught fish from numerous waters by simply setting the rod down on the bank with the clutch set lightly and watching the line and or the rod tip. No buzzers, banksticks, bivvies or bedchairs. What could be simpler?
If you were around the carp scene way back in the early 70s you will recall the fledgling particle bait scene. Until a certain Mr Hutchinson came along particle baits were not really considered until they were popularised by Rod who wrote what was then the definitive series of articles on the new baits in ‘Angling’ magazine. I don’t know if it was serendipitous but by chance Rod then lived not a hop skip and a jump away from Haith's® old factory in Cleethorpes. I could be wrong but I wouldn’t mind betting that Rod was Haith’s® first carp fishing customer and once the big man had discovered the Aladdin’s Cave that is Haith's® he never looked back.
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.
Though the famous “red stuff” is more commonly (and rightly) known as an ingredient that is added to boiled bait recipes, in fact Robin Red® has far more applications that that!
Boiled baits based upon birdfoods are usually almost instantly successful with no need for extensive pre-baiting campaigns. Most of the birdfoods feeds used in modern carp baits are in fact blends of various crushed or ground seeds such as hempseed together with ground cereals, pulses, biscuit meal, bran and other goodies. As their name implies, birdfoods were never intended to be used as fish feeds but were originally formulated as feeds that would maintain the condition of show birds such as parakeets, canaries and budgies. However, as luck would have it carp too find them highly palatable, not least because of the high-energy factor.