New Homemade Carp Fishing Bait Recipes To Beat Readymade Baits!
Countless anglers want to catch new personal best carp, catfish and barbel using
homemade baits. Looking at recent carp magazines and papers you might get the
impression that a revolutionary wave of new baits has arrived - but homemade
develop your own homemade edges and catch loads more fish!
market baits very cleverly and often make them appear to be the very latest new
thing without this being the case at all! For Cheap
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of readymade boilie made without additional concentrated flavours so common in
such baits has been claimed to be unique. But numerous anglers have been making
homemade baits for decades using zero added flavours while exploiting and
natural extracts such as marine ones to enhance the impacts of baits both
nutritionally and in terms of bait attraction and performance over all. This has
included different forms of seaweed products and protein-rich marine products
such abalone powder for instance.
Another so-called new innovation is
readymade baits that dissolve quickly in your swim so attracting carp without
filling them up; but such baits have by definition been the most frequently made
homemade baits for a massive range of fish species for centuries – if not
millennia! Fibrous pastes that hold together so you can put them on your hook or
rig and know they will be resilient are nothing new either. Just one Western
prime example is the old medieval Isaac Walton recipe that includes using cotton
wool incorporated into sweetened, preserved high protein homemade
So pellet and bait syrups are new things right? Even before the
seventies anglers with an ounce of curiosity about experimenting with bait
substances have soaked or dipped baits in a massive range of attractive and
stimulating materials and liquids. Refiners syrup (Tate and Lyles Golden Syrup)
and their liquorice-tasting black syrup have been used in homemade baits in many
ways for decades. Even in the late seventies when everyone made their own baits
because they had no other option many baits were dipped, glugged, soaked or
boosted in some way to improve results.
A very simple example was the
instant method of producing extra-stimulating trout pellets. These were coated
in flavours, marine extracts, liquid yeast, syrups or liquid sugars and intense
sweeteners, essential oils, marine and nut and seed oils, molasses, liquid
proteins foods such as Minamino etc decades before such baits became popular as
readymade baits in the angling press.
Easily digestible pre-digested
boilies suitable for all year round use (even in the lowest temperatures) have
been used for decades - well before readymade baits of this type appeared on
bait shop shelves or in glossy magazine adverts. In fact when you think about
it, the massive majority of commercial bait company bosses of today started out
making homemade baits in their kitchens or in their garden sheds and of course
many still do although their shed may be much bigger!
Chilli baits and
other forms of spicy baits are really old; these go way back in time beyond the
days of soaking luncheon meat in curry powder or incorporating spices in special
baits in the seventies for instance.
Flavouring fake baits such as foam
has been going on since decades ago – I was doing this at the start of the
eighties for surface fishing. It also improved results using dog biscuits off
the bottom. Spraying maggots with flavours, enhancers, liquid foods etc is old
as the hills only liquid foods is a trendy term today – I bet Isaac Walton did
not call his high protein rabbit meat baits food baits but they were of course!
For me personally, when fake corn appeared flavouring these and other fake baits
was second-nature because I had been flavouring foam with all kinds of things
since the seventies when it was very useful in stopping soft meat baits from
falling off my rig.
In the days before carp fishing became so
commercialised you often had to source and design much of your equipment
including adapting or making rods, landing nets, bank sticks, indicators,
bivvies, homemade foam-padded sun lounger bed chairs and so on. For my early
carp fishing rigs before pop-up boilies were used by the masses, I used homemade
floater cake propped up for the long term by highly buoyant rubber foam from my
dads printing plates – often coated in attractive solvents from the printing
trade I might add!
Incidentally I am one of those anglers who cares not
for fashions – instead of wafters and expensive tiny pots of pop-up baits a very
effective answer to create balanced or trendy in – word wafting presentations is
the use of a cut-down piece of liquid food and flavour-soaked rig foam. Rig foam
works when flavoured or not but I find it far more effective when it has some
residual food or attractor whether this is natural esters or liquid marine
extracts etc. Pre-soaked foam used on your hair or hook itself is ideal to for
getting loads more bites when using pre-soaked pellets and luncheon meat and
prevents soft baits getting pulled off too!
You might think that the
concept of using prepared particles that contain a combination of 2 or more
types of particle baits such as hemp and sweetcorn is a new thing. But going
back decades ago, any general coarse angler who aimed for carp by the evening of
a days fishing built up his swim using a combination of all kinds of particle
type baits. This would often include any of the following and more: maggots,
breadcrumbs, sweetcorn, stewed wheat, stewed pearl barley, fresh homemade
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peanuts, cracked corn, corn flakes, essential oil soaked luncheon meat, bird
foods such as those containing molasses and insects, etc.
Also in the
list was the additive Robin Red (which seemed relatively far cheaper in the old
days than it is today!) In the eighties using crushed tiger nuts and various
pellets soaked in tiger nut extract, powdered palatants and enhancers for
example was a great edge for me.
At that time I experimented at home
with a mind-blowing array of additives, liquids and associated materials.
Fishing over a bed of extremely open- textured unique homemade crushed boilies
at a time when most anglers slavishly stuck to a bed of round whole boilies or
particles of a single type was just one edge that produced many big fish for
Using maggots is far from a new thing for carp. In the early eighties
it was common to get great catches by fishing any kind of semi-buoyant low
density bait over a bed of maggots. I remember flavouring my maggots with Scopex
and Chocolate Malt and dying my maggots and sweetcorn black in the eighties – to
Liquid Robin Red is far from a new thing either. I loved
using this stuff as part of my own unique homemade flavouring and liquid food
combinations since the seventies. Originally I was soaking Robin Red with
Minamino to try and make the Minamino flavour different when I used it in my
homemade boilies, baits soaks, ground bait liquids and so on. It was a small
step to heat this liquid to make it far more concentrated. I then got onto the
liquid Robin Red that Rod Hutchinson supplied for a period of time – I have no
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really was great stuff!
I can tell you that on many waters where the
Robin Red liquid of today will be used you will soon do better by adapting it to
make it unique after it has hooked enough fish and when they have inevitably
become much warier of it! A simple addition of an essential oil, a new seed, an
oleoresin or terpenoid type product or an extra spice and unusual sweetener for
example will give it new life again – I love all this creative stuff and my bait
secrets ebooks are stuffed with such detailed edges!
If you think that
pineapple baits with butyric acid are new – think again; this trick was going on
long before I started carp fishing in the mid-seventies and then it was used all
year not just as a special winter trick. If you want some tips on making better
ground baits and more effective stick mixes for instance, get to know a few guys
from the States who competitively fish pay-lakes where no ground-baiting or
chumming is permitted – many of these guys are real experts and some have
literally multiple generations of experience in making these baits!
you must use fresh boilies try cutting them down for hook baits so all the outer
skin is taken off and so you have square baits of about 8 or 10 millimetres in
diameter, then soak them in your special dip for a few hours - 3 hours to 5
hours is fine. Use a number of these on a hair with dip-soaked foam on the end
of them at the bait stop to pop-up the end of the string of baits.
to finish up this piece – if you want a different bait dip to almost anyone else
– for your fake baits, pellets or boilies, either use the juice from
ready-prepared hemp or from hemp that you have prepared for yourself. Add about
10 percent liquid inclusion of high PC liquid lecithin (which is an energy-rich
feeding trigger proven by one of the more famous fish scientists by the name of
Harada!) I might also suggest adding a 10 percent addition of pure
triple-filtered salmon oil in your baits too – especially for warmer water baits
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additives from Phil at Carpfishingpellets online.
Why not try soaking
your boilies in this alternative combination so that your baits are fully
hydrated in advance of fishing. Why not try fishing them on your rig using a
trimmed disc of rig foam to stop them coming off. Put a baiting needle through
your baits a few times and fish not whole baits but jagged thirds or halves cut
very roughly so it seems that they have already been attacked by smaller fish –
and see how the bigger wary carp respond! (For further information on making,
adapting, designing and boosting your baits see my bait secrets ebooks website
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