The Big Red Carp Fishing Blog
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.
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.