A Guide to Fishing Particle Baits
Particle bait is a cost effective and highly versatile choice. This form of bait includes a range of seeds, pulses and nuts that are appealing to fish and which can be used as both groundbait and hookbait. This type of bait does require preparation, but the time that you spend doing this is balanced by your ability to freeze the prepared particles for future use. So which particle baits should you consider trying?
This particle bait is a highly effective choice that is very appealing to most species of fish. Carp, in particular, find hempseed very hard to resist and it is a rich and oily bait which clearly possesses a tempting flavour.
Hempseed must be prepared with great care otherwise it can prove harmful to the fish. Put the hempseed into a container, cover with cold water and then seal the container. Don’t fill the container right to the top as the hempseed will swell. Soak for 12 – 24 hours and then place the seed and the water into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the bait has softened and then strain.
Tiger nuts have a sweet taste and crunchy texture that makes them ideal for carp fishing. This particle bait can prove successful when your other choices have failed to yield results. The nuts aren’t actually nuts but are in fact small root vegetables.
This bait is very hard and needs to be soaked for 24 hours and then boiled for around 30 minutes. It is best to then leave the nuts to ferment for 2 to 3 days in the water as this will enhance their flavour. When you strain out the nuts, keep the water, which will have turned milky, as this can also be used as an attractant.
French maize, red maize and Great White South American maize are all great options and longstanding favourites with anglers.
To prepare your maize soak it for 12 hours, or 24 hours in the case of Great White South American maize. Then boil the maize for 30 to 40 minutes.
The use of pulses can add a new dimension to your bait and could give you a valuable edge. Maple peas, chick peas, red dari and white dari are all good choices.
With the exception of chick peas, prepare your pulses in the same way as you would fishing maize. Chick peas should be soaked for 24 hours and then simmered for only 15 minutes as they will start to break up if they become too soft.
Mixed particles will create the perfect groundbait. You can produce your own unique combinations or invest in the hassle free option of premixed baits. If you decide to use premixed baits then follow the instructions provided to prepare the particular mix that you are using.
Which particle baits will you choose and what great mixes can you create to help you to land impressive specimens? If you have any top tips-then please share them with us!
- Featured image: Marijuana Seeds, a close relative of Hemp - By Jorge Barrios (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons