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Making Carp Bait Part 2-How to make your own paste for coarse/carp fishing


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.)

Examples of binders:

Hen’s eggs Egg powder Whey gel Bread crumbs Full fat ‘yellow’ semolina Maize meal Corn starch Potato starch White ground rice flour Wheat flour Wheat gluten Potato gluten Full fat soya flour Ground seeds Ground ‘Sluis CLO’ Ground ‘EMP’ Ground ‘CeDe’ Ground ‘Red band’ pigeon seed mix Beef gelatin based binding products.

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:

‘PTX’ ‘Robin Red’ ‘Red Factor’ ‘Nectar Blend’ ‘RRR’ Spanish peppers ‘Prosecto Insectivorous’ ‘Sluis’ CLO ‘Sluis’Universal ‘Sluis’ Mynhah bird food ‘CeDe’ ‘EMP’ ‘Red Venom’ carophyll red liquid pigment attractor (www.ccmoore.com)

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!


Are you good enough for a Carp Tournament?


Carp Fishing Tournament

1st Place $30,000 • 2nd Place $25,000 • 3rd Place $20,000 • 4th Place $15,000 • 5th Place $10,000



The most elite professional carp anglers in the world will compete in the Carp Angling World Championship (CAWC) on the St. Lawrence River the week of September 23, 2011. CARP Tournament Series and the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce announced the St. Lawrence River in northern New York State will be the site for the world-class tournament. Over 100 two-person teams are expected to compete along a 30-plus mile course on the river corridor of St. Lawrence County.
Expected among the nations represented for the 100+ continuous hours of competition will be teams from the United States, England, France, Holland, Germany, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Canada, South Africa, Romania, Japan, Ukraine and Bosnia.
The 2011 CAWC is sanctioned by the UK-based International Carp Fishing Association (ICFA).
Ray Scott, founder of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society® (BASS), will be the special celebrity guest at CARP Tournament Series’ elite Carp Angling World Championship on the St. Lawrence River in September. The legendary Scott sweetened the prize pool for the first-place winners with a getaway at his renowned private lake in Alabama.

 

Catching the BIG ONE! Fishing For Giants

Catching the BIG ONE! Fishing For Giants



In the wee hours of the summer night, gigantica France gave way to this behemoth of a fish. Carp fishing is notorious for having large catch’s but what happened in France was monumental! Whenever a monster is over 50 pounds, let alone 72, your going to be in for a fight. The fight is what many fishers crave and I myself thirst for. There is no experience quite like fighting a 50, 60 pound carp. These animals will not go willingly! Bringing a strong well kept net is always a necessity with carp. Not only that having a strong partner never hurts either, I myself have nearly fallen head over heels into the water before just trying to pull up a 50 pound monster, for some glamour photos. As a seasoned veteran of Carp fishing, I personally love taking pictures with the most notable of beast. With Carp its amazing how people are blown away when I show them the pictures of some mantle fish I’ve tamed. Fighting these beasts can take quite some time and the struggle can be not only difficult, but amazing fun!

This video from France, is just another fine example of the exotic fishing you can find while Carp fishing abroad. Gigantica is a famous water hole, for the biggest monsters on the planet. This particular tape however if the largest fish ever documented in this water. Taking exotic fishing trips can be extremely fun and nothing is better than catching monsters, while your abroad! I like to go for Carp on my more exotic fishing trips, because of the thrill. Carp is a thrill fish, that will fight like the dickens to escape even the mightiest fisherman. Me and my partners frequent a lot of great watering holes, all over the world, looking for this type of action! No matter what your fancy, fly fishing, casual fishing, kayak fishing, I think almost all fisherman can appreciate the fortitude of Carp fishing, mixed with the flash. It’s flashy catching 50 pound fish, let alone 60, 70 pounders. When most fishermen focus on more delectible appetites, the true monster fisherman knows the nature of Carp fishing.

The Carp are biting all over the world, but where is the best spot to go, for that exotic, monster fish! You know the picture that makes other fisherman green with envy. The picture of you with the biggest fish in the world, short of a killer whale. I like France, as this video is evidence, however the States also provide, amazing Carp holes. While Carp swim in a lot of water, the finer points of fishing carp are the distinct abilities a fisherman must hone. Mastering Carp fishing requires mastering the skill of taking the big ones! Changing your lures is essential for these low water fish, that tend to stay lower to the ground level of water. Adjusting your rod length, adjusting your taunt and even focusing on strict reeling, fighting and tiring, your way to the top. So hone your skills, and take into accound the beauty of Carp fishing next time your planning the big get away! Stay fishing!


new to carp fishing, need tips?

hi, me and my cousins love to fish for sharks,drum all the big ones but we live on a pond and i caught a carp and i didnt evan know they were there. now im excited because i know they get huge. so i need a little help and sugfgestions on how to catch the bigger ones if there ther. i have been fishing at a little cove that is probally the deepest part at only 8ft and it is usaually slow moving or still water because there is a dam 20 to the right. so how should i catch them? thanks