Catch carp using garlic flavoured luncheon meat
Luncheon meat, spam, baking grill, hot dogs are a great bait for carp. However, lots of people now use it and the carp must get used to it. So recently I decided to flavour some pork luncheon meat to see if it made any difference. All I did was to buy a bottle of sunflower oil and a couple of garlic from Sainsbury's. I then crushed three or four cloves of garlic and dropped them into the sunflower oil. I left the bottle in the cupboard for a few days until I could really smell the garlic. On the day I was going fishing I chopped the meat up into small cubes and poured some of the oil over the top and gave it a good shake in my bait box. I have a special meat cutter which will cut a whole tin of meat into exactly the same size cubes. However, I decided to chop the meat up with a knife this time as I think using different sized pieces of meat is less likely to make the carp suspicious.
I was fishing at my favourite peg at my favourite carp fishery in Paignton, Town Parks. I arrived at 3 PM and was fishing by 3:15 PM. Within about 30 seconds of dropping my self-weighted waggler float about 2 feet from the bank into about 12 inches of water, it shot away and I landed a carp of around 8 lbs. By 4 o'clock I had already landed six carp, all on the luncheon meat flavoured with garlic oil. By 7:30 PM I was up to 14 carp and had run out of meat completely. That's when I moved onto Gulp salmon eggs. That's another story which you can read here.
Like I said, either it was a good day and normal luncheon meat would have worked just as well or flavouring the luncheon meat with garlic made all the difference. I'm definitely going to be trying the same again in the same swim using the same method to see if I can replicate what was my best day at Town Parks.