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What are Particals?

Particals 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 partical 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,


Seeds, place seeds in a large container, fill to halfway then cover in boiling water 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,

Unusual Baits

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 children’s 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.

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Hemp seed has to be one of the most popular particals of the carp angler.
Carp are crazy for it because it is said that the seeds resemble small snails.
Fished as a hookbait, but probably best fished as just an attractor because of its oily consistency.The most common way is to fish a larger hookbait on top of a large bed of hemp "irresistable" to the carp.
Ready prepared hemp is available at most if not all tackle shops. But by buying it in its raw state works out cheaper and gives the added bonus of leaving you with another additive if using ground bait.

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

Another top rated partical and often used as an alternative to the boilie. Tiger nuts are very hard with a very rough texture.They need to be prepared properly as unprepared nuts are very dangerous to fish, in fact this goes for nuts of any kind.
0verbaiting can also cause problems, so keep it to a minimum.A small handfull over a bed of hemp should be more than enough to get the carp in your swim.

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.





Maize is basically sweetcorn in a dry state, but like tiger nuts it is rock hard. It is a great flavour carrier, and absorbs water like a sponge.
Normally fished on the hair rig like a boilie using upto 3 or 4 grains at a time. It can also be "popped up" by putting some foam between the grains.

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.




chick peas

Pre-Soak for at least 14 hours – then bring to boil and simmer for 30 minutes


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