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There are so many baits available that will entice and catch carp, but pick the wrong one or one that you are not confident with and you may as well give up.
Confidence in your bait could be the difference between success or failure!
We've spoken about doing your homework on other subjects here, so bare this in mind when it comes to baits also.
Ask other anglers, the local tackle shop even (and probably best of all) the bailiff of the water your going to fish.

So lets look at what baits we have to choose from.

BOILIES - "Bait the Boile by JT"

Probably the most common and widely used baits in the carpers bait box.These are paste that has been boiled and made into round balls.


The list is endless when it comes to the Boilie, size, shape, colour, and flavour. High protein, low protein, fishmeal or birdseed, many claiming the captures of many thirty and forty pound carp, but letís not forget you have to be fishing venues with those size carp in them to start with.

So where shall we start, the readymade Boilie.

There are many cheap ready-mades if not more, than there are quality ones. But itís quality ones which we are interested in. Firstly, look at the company, which offer ready-mades. They know if they make a good quality working readymade, the chances are that you will buy and use other items from them. Such companies are Nash, Solar, Richworth, Hutchinson, Mainline and Nutrabaits. There are so many good companies out there, so donít look at the cheapest. Just because you can get ten kilos of that one to the cost of five kilos of a quality one.

One quality readymade that I have used is, the classic range from Nutrabait. And before we go any further I will be doing write-ups on other ready-mades, but first the classics.
Nutrabaits do the classic range in a number of flavours; my two favourites from their stable are the Cranberry and the Cream Cajouser. The cranberry readymade used with the breakdown pellet also from Nutrabait accounted for some nice commons for me at Redmire back in 1997, so they hold a special place in my bait box and if you are looking for something different from what others are using on your venue then the cream Cajouser is just what you are looking for. But if you are going to day ticket venues then you wont go wrong with the cranberry.

As for making your own bait, letís stay with the Nutrabaits range for now. Again I will be looking at others soon.

Apart from the Big fish mix, they do seed mix, Hi-nu-val, four seasons mix and at the budget end of the market the 50/50 mix this one is also done by Richworths 50/50 gold. The only fault I have with Nutrabaits is that they put recipes inside the base mix, which would be better served on the outside of the pack in order for us to pick out the other ingredients we need to make our first Boilies.


Here are just some of the baits on the market, which we feel are worth you looking at in your quest to catch that personal best carp. But remember, no-matter what size the carp is, if itís a carp then you are doing it right and thatís a result.

Ocean Baits

They have some very good Boilies in there ready made Range, in resealable bags.
The strawberry is one which I recommend, I normally would not buy strawberry Boilies, as I feel the flavour is old hat now, but Ocean baits have got a winner in their ready-mades, including the strawberry!
Ocean Baits also include a small pack of pop-ups with their ready-mades, which as got to be an added bonus when buying your baits.
You can also buy the pop-ups and fished over Mainlines strawberry crumbleball pellets they make a very good combo

Ocean Boilies

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The Mainline range

Top quality ready-mades and base mixes are widely available from tackle shops and are worth a good look, the crumbleball pellet works well with any brand of Boilie. They can be drilled for use on a stringer, which gets them to where you cast, putting a carpet of bait around you hook bait.

Crumball Pellet

Nutrabaits have yet another winner in their stable of quality products. Trigga pop-ups along with the readymade Boilie. I have been using this combo over the last few weeks on day ticket waters, and although I have not landed any monsters results have been good. Quality does not come cheap and although I like to make my own bait, or have it made fresh for me, a pack of readymade trigga Boilies will be in my bait box along with some of these.
Trigga pellets the perfect combo to the trigga range from Nutrabaits, you can buy the Trigga pellet hook baits also and just like crumball pellets from Mainline the trigga pellets work with any combo you choose to use. Just look at the picture below, if you were a carp what a feast this would be.


Not sure about this one, but "PowerBait", have brought out a Latex Boilie and a Dip to use with it. It seems to be the thing now to make artificial baits, from maggots to these Boilies, I have not tried these myself but I am willing to put the results of any captures on this site, so if you try them let me know. I do know the artificial dog biscuit works, as I saw eight carp landed at Wylands using them on a hook along side floating Chum biscuits.


The perfect feast for your specimen carp
These are just some of the hook pellets on the market and they are all good quality and fished over marine pellets, they can produce that bonus carp.
These high-energy Marine pellets come in 6mm, 8mm, and 12mm sizes

Rigged Baits & Pellet
PARTICLES -  "What are Particles?" by Camo

Particles come in various shapes and forms (groups if you like) Seeds, beans, nuts, pulses (peas) firstly lets look at seeds too numerous to mention them all, but in the forefront must be hempseed followed by maize and sweetcorn which is a sweet flavoured maize both of which are really grains which I feel fall into this category these three alone stand out from the rest especially as the current British Record fill to a piece of imitation corn a fish known as Two Tone. From here the list is endless so I will just mention a few of the tried and tested, dari seeds nigger seeds (oops), rape seeds, tares, sunflower seeds (brilliant surface bait).

Beans, as all the particle groups the list is again endless so the best of the bunch are as follows firstly my own favorite, kidney beans, perfect in colour and size, haricot beans, black-eyed beans, butter beans, coffee beans, Soya beans, pinto beans, broad beans, baked beans, mung beans.


Standing out must be Tiger nuts as the most widely used followed by the good old pea-nuts, brazil nuts, cashews, hazel-nuts, pine-nuts, almonds have all caught Carp, especially the tiger-nut though why this is nobody really knows as there is little or no goodness at all for the fish, the only thing I can imagine it must be is because they are crunchy.


Maple peas (my favourite partical of them all), chic peas, a proven old timer these can be dyed and flavoured or fished naturally, dun peas, mini maple peas, Canadian yellow peas, gunga peas, lentil peas,


Buckwheat(similar to hemp),sultanas, prawns, pepparami, groats, pop corn, dog and cat biscuits, dog and cat food (tinned), slugs, worms another proven bait, even your childrenís sweets can play a roll in catching Carp i.e.jelly babies, dolly mixtures etc, flaked maize, sausages, potatoes, chips the list is endless all I will say get out there and experiment, but prepare your chosen baits properly. A good safeguard for beans and peas use them straight from the tin, unless large quantities are required that is.


Seeds,soak and leave to stand over-night.

Beans, nuts and peas must be soaked in water for at least 24 hours then boiled.

I cannot stipulate this enough as over the years countless fish have died because the baits were not prepared properly. If unsure seek advise, Hinders of Swindon are always pleased to pass on information they also make a brilliant seed mix, called party-blend. Locally Red Band has a lovely aroma similar to aniseed,


1. Put the raw hemp in a container and cover with with cold water.Place a lid on the container and leave to soak overnight.

2. Add about 4 parts water to 1 part hemp into a saucepan and bring to the boil.

3. Place the hemp into the water and bring back to boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes or until the seeds start to open.

4. Remove from heat and drain into another container then lightly rinse to slightly cool the seeds.

5. Put the hemp seeds back in their container and leave to stand overnight.

The water you cooked the hemp in and drained, can be used for groundbait.

tiger nuts

1. Place the nuts in a container/bucket and fill with cold water to about an inch above the nuts.
Add some additional flavouring, (optional), and stir thoroughly.

2. Leave to soak for 24 hours to allow them to swell.

3. Boil them in the water the were soaked in.

4. Simmer for about 30 minutes, topping up with tap water if needed.

5. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Once cooled they are ready for use.Or they can be put in an air tight container and frozen.
Alternatively they can be left out to ferment further for a few days.


1. Place the maize in a container/bucket and fill with cold water to about an inch or two above the maize.

2. Leave to soak for 24 hours to allow them to absorb the water.

3. Bring to boil.

4. Simmer for about 30 minutes.

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