As with many types of mix, you can make substitutions. You can add crushed
bird seed to the base mix in a ratio of one part seed to 3 parts of mix. You
can also substitute different types of flour, such as cabbage, rice,
cinnamon and wheat. Other dry ingredients include kelp, belachan block, hot
chilli powder, spices, and Tiger Nuts (must be soaked overnight and then
boiled for 30 minutes). Dean Towey has developed his own recipe for
attractive bait. It includes white fishmeal, full fat soya flour (the
binder), lactalbumin, rennet casein, robin red and seaweed extract.
Once you have created your
unique bait, try some tactics on
to introduce a new bait into a lake.
(Nutritional & Attraction properties)
To your dry mix, you will
need to add liquid ingredients. Again, you will want to use ingredients
attractive to carp. Lipids (fish or vegetable oils, especially red
salmon oil) are a source of energy. They are also utilized in the formation
of cell membranes and are carriers of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and
K. Other liquids include corn steep liquor, many different fish oils, liquid
liver, minamino, multimino and molasses.
Powdered additives & stimulatory additives
Carp tend to go after bait which they recognize as a beneficial food source.
Essential Baits makes Shellfish B5 base mix. It contains betaine, five
different marine extracts, low temperature fishmeals, soluble fish enzymes,
and milk proteins. Baits containing liver, lobster, robin red, seaweed, and
brewers yeast are also very attractive to the fish. While peanuts contain
lipids, sugars and amino acids, they are not as appealing as the actual
elements carp prefer, such as green lipped mussels, crayfish and weed.
Another source of amino acids
is worms. As this is a vital part of carp diets, worms are very effective as
bait. There are two schools of thought as to why worms are so attractive to
carp. Some anglers think that worms attract carp because of their squirming
motion. Others believe that worms naturally give off a powerful amino acid
scent that carp can easily detect in the water. In 2006, SBS developed
Liquid Lobworm. You can add the liquid to pastes,
particles. It can be added to any base mix. Julian Grattidge has even added
it to dog biscuits and landed a number of carp!
Powdered & liquid attractors
Some ingredients are added to
coloured attractors. Spirulina, krill and paprika are used to create
orange-coloured bait. Saffron produces yellow. There is also Shellfish Plum
liquid attractor, which produces pinkish-red boilies.
One very powerful liquid attractor is SBS Corn Steep Liquor (CSL). It has
additional betaine, essential amino acids, and vitamins and minerals, making
it a highly appealing food source for carp. SBS also makes CSL pellets,
which dissolve in the water and rapidly release appealing food signals.
Carp will also eat flavoured imitation baits. When boilies fail to attract
them, artificial corn will usually work. Zoom Carp Snacks have been used
successfully by many anglers. The snacks come in honey, vanilla, strawberry
and chocolate flavours. Zoom also makes a range of Jointed Snacks. These are
made of multiple pieces of artificial corn joined together with a latex
hair. Push your hook through a notch on the hair and pull the hair around
the back of the shank. Julian Grattidge recommends using two pieces of fake
corn on a hair fished over a little hemp, particle mix, or real corn/maize
as feed bait. Enterprise Tackle makes an excellent range of imitation baits.
Glugs & Flavourings
These flavoured, water soluble solutions make everything more attractive to
carp. Resistance Tackle makes glugs in a variety of flavours, including
strawberry, anise, tigernut, pineapple, pineapple and banana, clam and
blueberry, scopex and banana.
You can blend other flavours and additives to your mix, including almond
essence, anchovy concentrate, squid, octopus, peach and pepper flavours, and
fruit. These are particularly
effective additives. Mike Willmott of
Essential Baits recommends that “(not) adding more additional additives,
flavours, extracts etc, than those recommended, simply because they could
end up acting as a repellent as opposed to an attractant. Stick to the
levels and guidelines suggested and you shouldn’t go far wrong - all you
have to do now is put it in the right place!” Mike also favours using
quality food as bait. Once the flavours and other additives dissolve away,
there will be something there for the carp to eat. If you don’t use quality
food, once the coatings and additives are gone there is nothing left to
attract the carp.
it seems that carp are too smart to be caught. They have a habit of
inspecting freebies very carefully by moving their fins and seeing how the
pieces react. If the pieces move freely, the carp may sample them. If the
freebies do not, such as when their attached to a hook, the carp will ignore
them or sample them and spit them out. One way of deceiving the carp into
believing it has a genuine freebie is to hollow out a boilie or a nut and
insert a piece of foam. When your hook and bait is moved about by the carp’s
fins, it will move exactly as an unattached freebie. This makes it more
attractive to the carp, who will sample it.
correct Bait Applications When Fishing for Carp
Resistance Tackle has the recipe for making a highly effective baitpack:
18oz Instant Grits
9oz of Quick grits
A little Salt Dry mix
1 can of cream styled corn
2 cap fullls of flavouring of your choice.
Mix well and let sit for 20 minutes. A tight lid must be kept on the
all times to keep it from drying out. It will be good for around 12 hours
after being made.
you would like to start making your own quick-to-make, successful carp
baits, then we recommend Fish Bait Formulas. It reveals 11
formulas guaranteed to catch more carp.
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