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Winter particles

Thursday, 18th March 2010

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.
You should look for a bait that provides all of the following criteria. The bait must smell good, should be easy to ferment, have a reasonable level of nutrition and should be widely available in quantity without costing the earth. Particles can be encouraged to start fermenting by using heat. The standard method of preparation for most particles is to soak them overnight then boil them for 15-30 minutes.

Super Red

This is usual sufficient to start the fermentation process off. Some particles should be drained to encourage the process. For instance, cooked maples that have been drained will start to exude a thick gooey, sweet-smelling liquid after three days or so and they are at their best like this. Well-fermented maples are one of the best winter baits going. Maize ferments better if the grains are allowed to remain soaking after the boiling stage. Though maize can take a bit of time to get going, you’ll know it once the grains kick off. Here are some top winter particles and particle blends.

Red Band

  1. SuperRed.
  2. Mini-Maize.
  3. Carpticle
  4. Red Band.
  5. Oat Groats.
  6. Crushed Tiger Nuts.
  7. Buckwheat.
  8. Maples.
  9. Chickpeas.
  10. Hemp seed
GroatsWhite Spacer Hemp Seed

SuperRedWhite Spacer Tiger Nuts

One big advantage particle baits have is their low cost. There are many suppliers out there but Supercatch is the cream of the crop!

Blend of red maize and mini-maize

Blend of red maize and mini-maize.

Crushed tiger nuts

Crushed tiger nuts
Fermented maple peas

Fermented maple peas



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