The Big Red Carp Fishing Blog
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.
The name on the bag declares, “For People Who Like Birds”. It should also read, “For Anglers Who Fish For Carp!”
Arguably the most popular particle, tiger nuts can bring instant success. However, we advise strongly against over baiting as this can have a detrimental effect on your fishing. Also, please be aware that if they are used to excess, tiger nuts can be dangerous to carp. As a rule of thumb, consider that a pound of prepared tiger nuts is plenty for a weekend day trip.
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.
Though the water temperatures are certainly dropping fast and the nights drawing in, carp can be very active at this time of the year and many experts agree that particle baits, seed blends and even nut baits are very effective during the early winter months of November and December. At this time of year carp are on the lookout for food to build up body fat and overall condition to see them through the coldest part of the winter and that is why particle baits are ideal as they are high in energy-providing fats, backed up with good levels of dietary protein to improve general health and condition.