Everyone has that special fish. The story they tell at Thanksgiving dinner, “that one time,” that lives in family infamy. A proud man keeps an ornament, cleanly propped above the fireplace. More humble fisherman might never tell the story at all, smirking to god over their good fortune. Regardless of the path a fisherman chooses, catching the right Carp will quench the thirst of any outdoors adventurer (as long as they aren’t hungry).
Carp are some of the most magnificent species under the water, frequently willing to fight a lure right off the pole. The Carp pictured above, a whopping monster Carp, was brought down some years ago in frigid northern waters. Monster Carp like this survive all over the United States, as well as Canada. Adventurers looking to grab a similar monster Carp, often need not look further than their local stream. Carp grow “into” their environment, often allowing “monster carp,” like the one above, to grow throughout the entirety of their lifespan, find a deep stream and a monster Carp may live there.
Known predominantly as a bottom feeder, often mislabeled and frequently released, Carp fishing is about the adrenaline rush of bagging not just any fish, but thee “monster Carp.” Tales spawn from all over the world of particular individual monster Carp reaching 200-300-400 pounds. Even ancient artwork, from North American Indians long since evacuated, suggests monster Carp have been a favorite grab for sport fisherman, dating back centuries. It is human nature, a fisherman’s most natural and innate desire, to bag a BIG fish. Not just a Big fish, a monster, a giant, a Goliath, from here to here and over there. A “that one timer.” Monster Carp provide specifically that desire, an opportunity to quench that natural thirst for fishing sports greatest achievement. North American Carp like this are some of my favorite fish personally, so I am biased to the craft I must admit. I love to cast my line, medium action, and get to work.
Monster Carp fishing is awesome, ideally with a medium action line, designed to bend about 2/3’s down the rod and providing great safety. I give up some distance on my cast, sometimes I even RC Fish, I prefer streams, where I can see the monster. Reeling in a 100 pound fish provides that moment of satisfaction. Don’t hesitate, don’t worry about slender details, find a local stream and go to work!
Underwater video of carp and a tipped boilie. See more underwater carp video’s at my website www.underwatersecrets.co.uk Please add your comments, I love feedback and new ideas to video. The carp appears to pick out the tipped boilie time after time before being caught.
In fishing there’s so many new things out there for the sake of conversation we’re going to call this one a “Gizmo”. Now although these have been around a while it’s always refreshing to stay up to date with good products. Anyone not familiar with method feeders wouldn’t have a clue what method feeders are. Here’s an introduction to method feeder’s for carp fishing, watch the video’s too, if you’ve never heard of it or never tried it you are going to want to go out a get one today!
Preston Quick release method mould
Developed to allow perfect loading of groundbait onto the Preston In-line Flat Method Feeder, the Quick Release Method Mould quickly forms a perfect feeder full of groundbait or pellets every time. This ensures more accurate casting due to the constant size of the loaded feeder.
The release button on the bottom ensures that the feeder is ejected consistently, without the frustration of leaving the groundbait in the mould.
Designed to be used in conjunction with the Preston In-line Flat Method Feeder.
How to make your own paste for course/carp fishing in just a few minutes. Extras can be added along the way for extra effect. So how do you choose which ingredients to use, which ratios of these to use and why? The first step is commonly practicality; can you put these things together into a dough or paste, to produce a boilie mix that will bind together and roll well? To produce a boilie from various ingredients without instructions on ratios of each ingredient takes some preliminary testing. So it is wise to start by using one large hen’s egg (or similar), mixed with a small amount of any liquid ingredients, to confirm that your test dry ingredients when mixed actually bind and roll well into balls to make boiled baits. If not, add more egg, a small amount of vegetable oil or ‘binding material’.
Ideally start by putting the carp’s dietary needs first when making bait, and begin with the bulk ‘whole protein food’ content of ingredients at 25 % to 50 % of your preliminary 100 % dry mixture. Such examples used could be combinations of some of the following: caseins, lactalbumin, fish meals, meat meals, whey protein.
Usually you will require a binding material to hold the protein food together in the bait. This may require using dry binding ingredients like semolina, wheat gluten, wheat flour, soya flour etc for up to 50 % of the mix, necessary for many types of coarse bird food meals, shellfish meals, meat and fish meals. Different bait materials will alter this approximate ratio, but use the ratio that rolls first! And increase the protein content from there (Using eggs / egg powder to bind your bait, adds a great nutritional added profile as a complete protein food.)
Some of the most effective attraction of your bait comes from the water soluble fraction of particular ingredients used. Ingredients with this characteristic content could constitute 10 % up to 30 % of the mix. Making a resilient practical boilie mix may require the addition or reduction of only one ingredient. Some of the best baits you will ever discover are made by this trial and error process. The solubility of ingredients is especially recommended if an ingredient has high protein value, such as sodium and calcium caseinates, calf milk replacers, whole milk powder, yeast powder, hydrolyzed fish and shellfish proteins etc…
Some are used at much lower levels, e.g. 0.2 % to 6 % ; e.g., hydrolyzed fish protein, hydrolyzed spirulina extract, squid extract, anchovy extract, green crab / lobster / scallop / shrimp / oyster / baby clam extracts, green lip mussel extract etc. These are also effective as most are extremely quickly and efficiently digested with immediate benefits that the carp can feel.
I prefer to fresh freeze baits, or ‘air dry’ them naturally, or preserve them in a flavor / amino acid / supplement compound, rather than using a chemical preservative in the bait like ascorbic acid.
Carp require oils (essential fatty acids) but only in small amounts e.g., up to 5 % of your total dry mix. Oily fish meals and shellfish meals are already rich in these, as are flax seed, hemp seed, sesame seeds, salmon oil, cod liver oil, crustacean oil, etc. To meet minimum carp dietary requirements try adding perhaps around 1 milliliter to 3 milliliters of a good quality nutritional oil per egg, (maximum,) depending on oil level in the dry mix.
At times of year when water temperatures drop below 55 Fahrenheit / 13 Degrees Celsius, it’s sensible to drop the oil levels used or use emulsified oil. It also pays to reduce some of your ‘whole protein food’ content and substitute it with e.g., 3 ounces of wheat germ; this is a proven method of improving the biological conversion of your bait inside the carp by making your bait more ‘carp digestible’
Carp love to crunch food and in doing so send out all kinds of feeding signals to other carp, allowing attractive food particles to pass out of the gills.
Nutritional ingredients can be used for this effect, e.g. bird foods – ‘Robin Red’, ‘Red Factor’,‘Nectarblend’, Ground ‘Red Band’ pigeon food, prepared ground mixed nuts and seeds; prepared tiger nuts and hempseed, millet, egg – biscuit myna – bird rearing food, niger seeds, ‘RRR’, ground birdseeds ‘Ce De’, ‘PTX’, ground insects, dried larvae, coarse kelp meal etc.
Also used are crushed oyster shell and eggshell. These also allow bait to release attractors faster, putting more out to attract carp quicker and more effectively, especially in lower water temperatures. They also help the fish to eat more bait by helping them pass it through their systems faster.
Test each individually because their properties vary. Use, e.g., 0.5 ounces per pound for shell through to e.g., 2 ounces per pound of course kelp meal, to e.g., 3 ounces per pound of ‘Robin Red’, ground birdseed e.g., 6 ounces per pound, up to 8 ounces per pound of ‘Nectar Blend’.
Here are some examples of recognized ‘nutritional’ bird food ingredients:
Other ingredients are used to change resilience, texture, attractor leak-off, e.g., milk powders, whole milk, ‘Vitamealo’ at, e.g., 4 ounces per pound), or in a very soluble bait to bind it ‘tighter’ e.g., whey gel at 3 ounces per pound, or make it harder, e.g. blood powder at e.g. 4 ounces per pound, egg albumin at e.g., 2 ounces per pound, whole egg powder at, e.g., 3 ounces per pound, or whey gel, e.g., 1 ounce per pound.
To avoid silt / to make baits more buoyant, include ingredients like sodium caseinate, e.g. 5 ounces per pound, or shrimp meal, e.g. 3 ounces per pound or krill meal at e.g., 3 ounces per pound.
Vitamins and minerals are great attractors too, being essential for carp health and growth. Many of the above extracts supply these, but they leach out of bait very fast. Adding black strap molasses, betaine hydrochloride to the mix and as liquid soak really help.
Other ingredients can be added in very low levels to enhance your bait, or give it an ‘extra special attractive note’ e.g., 1 teaspoon per pound, of powdered taste enhancer, sea salt, or sweeteners like sodium saccharin and fishing company proprietary brands liquid and powdered sweeteners with no ‘chemical back taste’.
When you mix new ingredients together always test your mixture first. Try using one egg as a binder, to see if you have your ratios right for practical binding and rolling purposes. Always prepare your wet ingredients first and add dry ingredients to the wet ones gradually as you become accustomed to the ingredients you’re using, this part will become simple!
You can refine your bait’s nutritional content as you become familiar with getting practical bait together that works and catches carp. You will soon find it’s very easy to make all kinds of baits, and your secret bait armory will fill you with confidence and your photograph albums with big carp!
A lot of carp can be caught using simple Carp bait you can make at home. When making your bait you need to keep in mind first that your main ingredient is going to be what holds it all together, the base of your bait. In simple terms it can be bread, flour, etc. Below we’ve given you some ingredients for your base. If you ever made mud balls when you were a kid then just pretend you’re making one because that’s about how they should turn out. Too much liquid and it will be too soft, not enough and it will be too crumbly. Then there’s a secret ingredient, an attractant like Kool-aid and peanut butter seem to be very popular in many Carp bait formulas.
When making your own Carp bait, consider using one base, one liquid, and up to three attractants. The list below lists all the different ingredients found in winning carp bait formulas. The best approach is to take from each category.
Remember to write down every measurement for Carp Bait and the ingredients once you come up with a winner you’ll want to remember it.
Carp Bait Bases – This is the main thing that will hold the bait together.
1) Cereal. Popular cereals include sugar corn puffs, wheat flakes, and corn flakes.
2) Corn Meal – A great base. Actually the corn is a form of attractant.
3) Flour – the powder form or just regular bread. Muffin/biscuit mix
4) Instant mashed potatoes – This is found in dry form in a box.
Attractants – There are many to choose from.
1) Flavored gelatin powder, (like Jell-O) – popular flavors are cherry and strawberry.
2) Canned corn or canned cream corn – It seems that carp like corn or any corn products.
Frozen or fresh corn kernels – same as canned corn. Sometimes just using the kernels on the hook is all you need to catch the big one.
3) Sugar – Carp likes the sweet stuff.
4) Vanilla extract – smells good to humans. Carp must like the smell also.
5) Marshmallows – found in store bought bait, must be good. – can add a little buoyancy to the bait.
6). Peanut butter. Liquids – not many but essential to keeping all the ingredients together.
Carp Bait Liquids
1) Water. This is the most popular liquid.
2) Juices from canned corn.
3) Sodas – Strawberry or grape soda. Carp must have a sweet tooth.
Very popular Peanut Butter Carp Bait recipe!
How to put the carp bait mixture together
Ingredients needed. Plain old white bread, peanut butter, and vanilla extract.
1. Remove the crust; this makes it better to make into a ball.
2. Cover the sides with a little peanut butter poke a hole in the middle of the ball and add a dab in the middle.
3. Add a drop or two of vanilla extract. IF YOU PUT TOO MUCH IT WILL BE MUSHY!
Now you’re ready to try it!
1. Get treble hooks, and put the hook in the center of the bread.
2. Smash your mixture onto the hook forming a ball. Make sure its stays. Smash it really hard.
3. Casting is a problem for some people. You have to cast, and hold the pole out. If you just cast normal the bread will shake and fall off.
4. Buy a stand of some kind, or make one, it’s easier than holding the pole, you’re going to leave the bait in the water a while. Leave the fishing pole out there.
Plan on leaving your line out there at least 1 hour. Relax, don’t reel in it or the bread may fall off on the way in. After 30 minutes nothing happens reel it in. The bread still on, or didn’t even get a bite try few more times. You may need to change your spot.
5. You need 50lb test line so you can pull the pig out of the weeds, and fight it. If you use any lower, your line will snap.
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