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Post  nickcarpy on Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:39 pm



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HEMP....Preparing hemp is simple, and there are two commonly used methods. For smaller quantities, the hemp can be soaked overnight, then boiled until the seeds split, which usually takes about 30-40min. Alternatively, a coolbox can be filled with dry hemp, covered with boiling water, and left with the lid closed for 24hr. This method may not result in so many seeds splitting, but is much easier to use for large amounts

TIGER NUTS...Tigers should be prepared with care. Soak for at least 24hr, preferably 48hr, then boil for 45min. They will never completely soften and can be boiled for longer if you wish. When Tigernuts ferment, they let out a sticky, sugary goo, and this definitely adds to the attraction. Most anglers allow Tigers to reach this stage before freezing in small batches.

PARTIBLEND...soak for 24 hrs and bring to the boil and simmer for 20-30 minutes

GROATS...no pre soak required bring to the boil and simmer for 1-2 minutes

CARP KRUNCH...soak for 6-8 hours and bring to the boil and simmer for 10-20 minutes

MAIZE.....Maize is a bit of a ‘Marmite’ bait, you either love it or hate it. Maize is a version of sweetcorn where the sugars are locked in as starch, so the seed stays hard. Prepare by soaking for 48hr, and boiling for 45min. Maize takes both colour and flavour quite well, but most anglers seem to do very well with it fished plain.

LUPINS..... are enormously popular on the continent, yet many anglers in the UK have never used them. Lupins resemble a large, soft grain of maize, and dried lupins should be prepared by soaking overnight, then boiling for 30min.

MAPLES.... are prepared by soaking overnight, then boiling for a minimum of 20min. Boiling for longer will darken and soften the bait to a point where they become almost black and can be squashed into a pulp – useful for adding to method mixes. Adding salt also darkens the finished bait.

CHICKPEAS.....Tinned chickpeas can be bought from any supermarket, but tend to split quite easily when pierced with a baiting needle, so it is better to source dried chickpeas, and soak and boil them. Soak for 24hr, then boil for 30-40min.

BRAZIL NUTS.....Brazils also make a good hookbait. Shelled nuts should be prepared as per tigernuts. They can be bought either whole, or broken, and most anglers will fish a whole nut on the hook, with a scattering of broken bits. Brazil nuts are also good fished well off the bottom on a zig rig, perhaps they resemble a large freshwater shrimp!

PEANUTS......If you want to try peanuts, they MUST be human grade. DO NOT use any kind of peanuts that are sold as animal food. Human grade nuts have been tested for Aflotoxin and certified as suitable for human consumption, animal grade nuts have not. Peanuts should be soaked for 48hr, then boiled for 30-45min. Flavours and colours are generally not required

PIGEON CONDITIONER..... It can be prepared as per hemp

WHEAT.....wheat is a good bulk addition to more expensive particle mixes. Prepare as per hemp. Wheat is also fairly easy to use on the hook, several fine hairs can be baited with seeds, threaded on via a fine sewing needle.

BEANS.....beans should be prepared by soaking overnight, then boiling for 20-45min, depending on size. Note that kidney beans can kill carp if not boiled!

PRESERVING PARTICLES......Small amounts of particles can be preserved in glass jars. Select a jar with a sealing lid, such as a jam or pickle jar. Cook the seed first, drain, then fill the jar all the way to the brim with bait, cramming in as much as possible. Top up with water (you can add colour and/or flavour at this point), seal the jar, and then boil the whole jar in a large pan of water for 15-20 minutes. This will sterilise the contents, which should then keep for up to 6 months
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Post  tackle tart on Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:49 pm

good post nickcarpy all ways good to have particle preperation times as not doing them correctly can harm the fish
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Post  nickcarpy on Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:58 pm

yes know a few carpers on here who might know but posted it for beginners who might want to start Very Happy Saddley a few big carp died last year due to bad prepared bait Evil or Very Mad
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Post  tackle tart on Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:23 pm

yes sadly there was a few
i thnk the one that stuck out to me was when benson the common died because the big mirror (the beast ) in the same lake died just before it both were suspected of dying from unprepared nuts
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Post  Andy Macfarlane on Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:42 am

Good post and easy enough to do, so I wonder why anyone wouldn't but I've seen a few old barneys on a few forums where the uncooked nut thing was discussed (well argued about really) and some of the 'experts' reckoned the cooking thing was another angling myth, since there wan't much a carp couldn't much due to it's pharyngeal teeth.

I don't know myself but for the sake of turning a pan on for half an hour, it's barely worth not doing. Besides, I like fermenting, scum, sugars and general snot oozing from anything I've cooked up. The fish seem to like it a bit smelly.
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Post  tootall on Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:42 pm

Anyone know of a good supplier of lupins?
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Post  nickcarpy on Mon May 21, 2012 10:32 pm

just reposted to help a few new carpers Very Happy
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