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Easy Carp Bait You Can Make At Home To Catch Carp

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5 minute Carp Bait

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.


How To Fly Fish For Carp

Fly fishing for carp is awesome and frustrating at the same time. Carp have a really uncanny ability to spit out baits they deem suspicious before you have a chance to set your hook.  Although it’s a very exciting thing to see, it can also be heartbreaking to see a large carp disregard your bait and quickly swim away. If you do hook one, however, hold on for deal life and hold on to that trembling, vibrating fishing pole!


Carp regularly come to the surface looking for food and the best baits to lure them there are breads, chic peas, salmon eggs and canned corn. These are all inexpensive baits as well.  These baits must be securely attached to a #4 or #6 hook.  It’s advisable to break your bread into small portions, dampen it, seal it in a sandwich bag, and let it sit in the sun for about an hour or so.  Since different breads have different textures,you’ll have to experiment to know which one will stay firm enough to cast.  Another great bait are the pellets which you can buy ready to use.  These are simply store made versions of classic baits, all rolled into a convenient, and smelly pellet!

Carp tend to scare easily, so when they begin to swim around your bait, be careful not to jerk the bait and scare them away.  The longer they analyze the bait, the more comfortable they’ll become.  This is the fisherman’s best chance for a nice strike.  This tactic can be very useful if using zig rigs.

If a carp takes your bait, quickly rebait your hook and cast back in.  Don’t cast directly on top of the feeding carp or they will surely scatter.  Cast away from the feeding area then slowly reel the bait into position.  Slowly reel your bait into the middle of the feeding carp, and try hard to keep it as close to the surface as possible.  You may want to rig it 6-8 inches unter a float to ensure it sits close to the surface. 

Here are some tips that have been helpful to me:

-Use smaller amounts of bait for carp.  They nibble at the bait, and a big chunk will allow them to nibble for a long time before getting to the hook.  You don’t want them to get their fill without taking your hook.

-Use heavyweight line and a steel leader.  Carp tend to rub their teeth and gums together after they bite, and this can break your line.  I recommend at least thirty pound test line, as carp are voracious fighters.

-Dip a piece of sponge in some fish scent (can be bought at any bait 7 tackle store) and hang the sponge above your hook.  The scent will help the carp find the bait-and your hook.

-Using a float is a good idea because it helps keep your bait close to the surface and it’s easy to find your rig.  You can also tell right away when you get a bite.

-When fly fishing for carp, use a standard five second count after your fly or bait hits the water.  If you don’t get any hits, increase it to ten seconds.  Carp tend to practice restraint if they are unsure of a bait.  Those extra seconds could mean the difference between getting a bite or not. 

In the end, it really isn’t the bait that’s most important but how the bait is fished.  Throwing some bait into the water before fishing, also called “chumming”, can also be an effective technique to draw carp to your fishing area.  This makes the carp think that there is an excessive amount of food for them there and before you know it there will be a large school of them ready to feed.  The number one key to fishing is patience.  If you can wait them out and wait for them to realize there is food available, you’ll definitely catch a big carp.

If you would like to learn more about fishing for carp and read some more fly fishing tips, visit: Fishing Tips For Beginners