The Big Red Carp Fishing Blog
There are many seed baits available and probably the best known is hempseed. Other well-known seed baits are Red Band, dari seed and sunflower seed. Seed baits are also generally known as mass baits because you get a lot of them to the kilo. They are used to achieve a level of feeding preoccupation hard to achieve with other bait types. When carp are feeding on small food items they can quickly become totally preoccupied with the bait and will compete for every last seed. They tend to be less cautious when they are feeding in such a manner and the greater the degree of preoccupation and aggressive feeding the more the carp throw caution to the wind. I have watched carp literally barge each other out of the way simply to get at a few hempseeds nestled under a stone. They have even been known to shift quite large stones in order to get at any seeds trapped underneath.
Way back in the annuls of carp fishing history a certain Rod Hutchinson started experimenting with particle baits and his exciting and revolutionary work broke new ground. His articles on the subject are still regarded as definitive, as he changed the way we looked at carp baits and brought a new aspect to carp fishing.