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 went for an afternoon/evening session at Town Parks fishery in Paignton today and had a fabulous day. I had 14 carp on pork luncheon meat that had been soaked in garlic oil. In fact, I actually ran out of meat in the end and hadn't planned on using anything else. However, I bought some Gulp artificial salmon eggs the other day and had taken them with me so I thought I would give them a go.
Two baits that really go together when margin fishing are
. Carp absolutely love hempseed, I reckon that they look upon them as little snails that they enjoy crunching.
Tiger nuts are brilliant because carp absolutely love them. They are also very robust. Roach and Rudd can't eat them and tench have problems with them as well. You can buy raw tiger nuts from the health food shop. However, unless they are prepared properly they can be dangerous to carp. So my advice would be to buy ready prepared tiger nuts that are completely safe for carp. A lot of anglers like to boil their own hempseed up, again you can get ready prepared hempseed that has been prepared properly and is completely ready to go straight from the tin.
Some anglers like to critically balance, or pop-up the tiger nuts by adding a small piece of cork to the tiger nuts. I saw an article with one angler who like to use a couple of tiger nuts, one of which had a piece of cork inserted which then lifted the nuts just above the hook which is laying flat.
Sonubaits make a huge variety of pellets. I am particularly fond of their
which I specifically use for method feeder fishing. I would recommend using the 2 mm -sized pellets as these can be soaked for two or three minutes and then used with method feeders that utilise a mould to attach the pellets.
I am a massive fan of sonubait's, I use several of their products including ground bait and pellets. Another product I would highly recommend is their
. If you fish small commercial waters where the carp are fairly small then this is what you should be using to give extra flavour to your ground bait and pellets. The stuff smells gorgeous, if you like vanilla ice cream then you will like this stuff. I'm sure the carp love it as well, it seemed to give me the edge using it, I could definitely tell the difference when I didn't have it added to my pellet mix.