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Big Catfish and Carp Baits – Cool Hook Bait Ingredients

Keeping ahead of fish by using new baits, or versions of baits to keep on catching consistently, is so often the key to success, after location! But some fishermen might wonder how and why constantly changing baits has major advantages; there’s more to this than you might expect…

With many big catfish when fished for constantly, over time, many traditional baits can fail as fish associate these baits with ‘danger.’ Often catfish baits will go in a cycle of success before seemingly failing completely at the point where the catfish diet may have changed to predominantly feeding on live fish instead of fishermens’ baits.

I’m not alone in experiencing having ‘hits’ often very good hauls of catfish over a relatively short space of time, on one particular bait. Then the catfish simply ‘switch off’ the successful bait, often for an extremely long of time indeed. You can end up constantly searching for a completely new bait altogether.

Making catfish dough baits is an easier option as the ingredients, attractors and stimulators, size, shape, colour, density, texture, buoyancy etc, can be skilfully manipulated to constantly keep ahead of the fish before it ‘blows’ and results significantly reduce.

This has been found with various boilies, squid, and liver, certain pork baits like luncheon meat and Pepperami, even with nightcrawlers, prawns, mussels and cockles and so on. It seems like each has its day, then they can be ignored completely for an amazingly long time. However, dead baits of whole or chopped fish, but more especially, live baits, can really exploit the catfishes’ change in feeding behaviour.

In certain situations with particular fish, the question is how to get around these ‘defence mechanisms.’ Use of natural baits style is one answer but these often just act like a needle in a haystack, like fishing a single bloodworm in a bed of millions of them. Sure, worms, night crawlers, maggots and the like do make catching ‘clued-up’ fish easier initially, especially where fish have been not been used to being hooked on these baits before.

The famous giant 50 pound common called “Herman” of “Warmwell” repute in the UK, was very wised-up about conventional boilies. But this fish was not immune to worm bait… The “Redmire” fish, which could be very difficult to catch, were very keen to feed on tiny baits like various particles such as hemp. Use of new particle baits to a carp water can be devastating and this has been proven again and again.

The “Redmire” carp including Chris Yates’s record fish that stood for years were often tempted by sweetcorn. Often a can of “Jolly Green Giant” can save the day. These days soaking sweetcorn in sweeteners lik talin and thaumatin, or in liquid liver, yeast or betaine might work better. I’ve had good hits of fish on ‘Scopex’ soaked sweetcorn for example. The possibilities just with bait are endles, but it could be tiger nuts, peanuts, or any other bait. But I wonder how many fisherman think how to give the fish what they want but are very difficult to tempt on an individual bait alone.

A hook with samples of various diverse unrelated baits can often produce fish for many reasons, not least because the fish have not previously been ‘conditioned’ to be able to deal easily with it. Various different types of boilies and or dough type baits with particle baits or maggots or worms on the hook can do well for example.

Combinations with seafoods like prawn or cockles, an old fish cube, with some chicken or pork meat, all coated in an enticing paste or dough mixture can really produce fish when an individual bait simply will not.

Even boilie and dough mixes that have done so well on waters previously, can need changing after a long period of success. The revitalised success of the boilie “Active 8,” when teamed with a new maple attractor brought a new generation of anglers their first big fish success, even when the original version of this bait was still available, but it’s effectiveness had tailed-off compared to its early success before fish wised-up to it.

Often bait is still effective in triggering a feeding response, but the carp feed in different more cautious ways on and around the bait. Often the phenomenon of baits being picked-up, off the edge of, or even some distance away from a bed of baits, has worked better than a hookbait fished in the middle of thousands of identical baits.

The amazing way carp can ‘clean-up’ a huge bed of baits just leaving your hookbaits remaining is quite staggering to those fishermen who just do not appreciate how sensitive to every aspect of their surroundings, fish can be. Often it is those last remaining baits, your hookbaits, which are the last to be picked up, if they are at all!

Big fish man Dave Lane has experienced this many times. The question is really, why do the fish still pick up these hook baits at all, when out of possibly hundreds or even thousands of baits, these have been identified by all the feeding fish to be the ‘dangerous’ ones?

Most fishermen might suggest it is the ‘just one more’ syndrome kicking-in, where the urge to feel the effect of one more morsel replaces the instinct to leave those last baits ‘well-alone.’

There are numerous ways to make a bait have this effect, often by exploiting essential nutritional food signals, or by using attractors, enhancers, stimulators etc with highly stimulatory effects, many of which bear little resemblance to any natural carp food at all nor providing any particular nutritional benefits, but work anyway.

There are many ways to add these effects using many ingredients and additives to boilies, meats, and particles like hemp, pellets, and ground baits etc which are highly effective at keeping those bites coming.

This fishing bait secrets books author has many more fishing and bait ‘edges.’ Just one could impact on your catches!

By Tim Richardson.

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Tim is a highly experienced homemade bait maker big carp and catfish angler of 30 years. His bait enhancing books / ebooks now help anglers in 43 countries improve their results – see this bait and fishing secrets website now!

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Fishing: a Cool Thing to Do in the Outdoors

If you like outdoors, especially shallow or deep waters, fishing could be one hobby you might contemplate. Of late, the hobby is becoming expensive, with the costs of rods, lines, hooks and tackles going up. Add to that the costs of booking a fine fishing holiday at a decent location. Fishing, angling, trawling, trapping, etc are all techniques of various kinds. The most usual technique that hobbyists seek is angling.

Fresh water fishing is the most sought after hobby of holiday seekers. People who don’t have this emotional attachment to fishing might think it a waste to visit other countries solely for the purpose of fishing –anglers know better. They spend much time, money and effort to catch a special fish – either edible or inedible. Whatever you look for – an exotic species, the heaviest catch or fishing at the most celebrated fishing locations, the choices are endless. You still have thousands of lakes and rivers not fished, even if you spend your whole life fishing in a new location every day – although it can bore you to death.

Trout fishing, fly fishing, bass fishing, ice fishing, carp fishing, game fishing, catch and release fishing, salt water fly fishing, kayak sport fishing, the choices for an engaging holiday are endless. You can just go fishing on yourself or compete against other anglers, on the race to the longest or heaviest fish. Or maybe you go open seas, hunting for tuna, sharks, mackerel, etc with your big game fishing competition and adventures. Maybe you take the fish home for a delicious meal of give it away for others in case you don’t want to eat your catch.

Fishing locations are usually recognised by local authorities and you should be knowledgeable about the locations where you can fish. Before going fishing, you should also get a clear idea about the restrictions you have – including the maximum fish (by weight) one can catch in a day and the restrictions to catch a specific species. Strictly following the guidelines is important, as you don’t want uncomfortable and unwanted moments later.

Fish species data, rivers and streams, fishing forecasts and fishing reports are also published on a regular basis by the organizations and travel agents that offer fishing holidays. If looking for salt water fishing, you might also take a look at the tide charts and forecasts. It is not just about getting the forecasts and guidelines – it is also about application of the information to ensure a memorable fishing experience. You can spend the whole time without a single fish or can get more than you are legally allowed to catch in a matter of 30 minutes. It is not always about the techniques you use – it is also (sometimes) about the luck you have.

Fishing holidays can always guarantee you some good time, enjoying the freshness of nature and the thrills of chasing a dream. Let fishing be in your itinerary, in the next vacation you are planning.

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