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By: Ben Kennel, Sun Oct 25th, 2009
From bait dips and meat dips to tigernuts and boilies, as much as anglers are addicted to carp fishing, they also need to use the right bait. Carp fishing is a specialized sport, and there has always been a variety of concoctions where bait it concerned. Tigernuts have been an all time favorite with many anglers. Preparing the bait does not require much innovation except for a soak, a boil, and in some cases a bit of maple syrup or sugar. However, certain places in France don’t allow tigernuts as bait, so make sure you are well prepared otherwise.
Of course, you have the option of using your own bait recipe. This could be a better alternative because synthetic lob worm extracts available in the market do not contain the required amino acids that attract carp. Your bait recipe must include amino acids if you want a big catch. Sweet corn, cubed potatoes, cheese, and dough are ideal carp fishing bait. Meat baits can help you catch loads of carp. Carp seem to thrive on spam and luncheon meat. Cut them into cubes and place it on the hook, and your bait is ready. Using a bait dip helps during winter since carp are less active during this season. To boost your carp catch, you can use paste baits that are sticky and can be molded on hooks, leads, and the main bait.
For a sure shot at a 30 pounders, lobworms are the perfect choice. This is great bait in summer and winter, which can be used alongside homemade pellets and pastes. Bloodworm products are expensive but are also a good option. Hormone based stimulants work well with male carp, which are easily attracted to such bait. However, to catch carp consistently you need to consider the location, season, and most importantly, the situation. If you are on for an overnight session or a day trip then high attraction baits are the best solution. They cost less and contain many additives, which is ideal for short fishing sessions only. If you plan to use these then carry different colors and flavors in your kit.
Carps are known to be greedy fish, so creating bait with a great taste will have them coming back for more. This means limiting the amount of preservatives, however, using this type of bait can assure a decent catch. There are plenty of high quality baits available at a price. These consist of a fishmeal base mix and a liquid attractor. Although the liquid attractor may not last in the water, the base mix is well flavored to last for much longer.
Another good bait are the high nutritional boilies that contain all the necessary nutrients. However, these are expensive but provide value for money. They have a longer life cycle and can be effective for carp fishing sessions over five days or more. They may contain less liquid attractors, which is why it may take longer to attract carp, but is more effective in the long run. Adding a bait dip works well with this type of bait. Remember, it’s all in the ‘bait’. So, a little bit of trial and error will help you find the right bait.