The Big Red Carp Fishing Blog
How do you like your particle? Fresh or fermented? The answer to that question depends entirely on the bait in question. The perceived wisdom is that ALL particles should be left to stand until they start to ferment. However, I think that many folks are in danger of confusing ‘fermenting’ with ‘rotting’. So how can you tell which is which? Well as a general rule of thumb if the bait smells slightly sweet and possibly alcoholic it is fermenting: if it smells rank and unpleasant it is rotting.
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.
Last month I looked at my choice of the top five particle baits, so let's round off this article by looking at numbers 6-10.