You can improve your catches instantly by taking the step of trying new things, trying new combinations of things you may already know work and trying things you do not know work or not. Remember it is the things that carp have never regularly experienced previously that mostly catch those dream catches you hope for, so here's a few perhaps familiar and unfamiliar tricks you might try with your baits to stimulate your catch rate!
1. Soak your baits in a dip; whether meat, nuts or particle baits, pellets, boilies dips and bait soaks work! Oil rich dips and those rich in amino acids are outstanding and can come from simple homemade sources like tinned tuna oil mixed with liver pate and garlic salt for instance, or shrimp paste with diluted fruit cordial juice and yeast extract; you do not need to spend a fortune on readymade dips or soaks etc
2. Don't boil your hook baits; steam them instead to allow far more nutritional attraction and stimulation to release into the water instead of being sealed inside and largely wasted!
3. Coat your baits in bait dough or paste. This is this best way to fish a base mix paste because all the water soluble goodies get to work to the maximum effect on carp stimulus receptors. You might liquidise or just mash some tinned salmon, sardines, herring or mackerel and add wheat flour or ground-up dog mixers with some hemp or sesame seed oil for example; aim to be different!
4. If you use readymade baits like boilies and pellets or even prepared particle baits like nuts or seeds or tinned meats, you will get more takes by altering the surface coating. Make it irregular shaped as if other fish have already been chewing at the bait. This helps release the baits intrinsic attractive substances too.
5. Another trick when using boilies is to poke them with a knife point or baiting needle to go deep inside the bait to release attraction - it really works and changes the bait surface into a very unusual and irregular texture too with all its advantages!
6. Try coating your baits with a dough or paste. This does not have to correspond to the hook bait you use at all. It could be you use a red fish meal boilie coated with a yellow bird food paste mix. Or tiger nut coated in shrimp paste, or luncheon meat coated with aniseed flavoured ground bait based paste.
7. Try coating pop-up baits with paste. Again it does not need to correspond to the flavour or base mix colour or anything else to make that essential difference and catching edge you need.
8. Try adding cork granules or cork dust to your paste to make it buoyant or pop-up. Many big fish can tell which baits are hook baits by their behaviour in the water and their weight and buoyancy. Using a more buoyant hook bait can seriously fool these fish where blank sessions could well occur on mere conventional bottom baits!
9. It might come as a surprise but you can easily make pastes from scalded pellets and other baits too.
10. You might liquidise your readymade baits and mix with eggs and a little wheat flour or other glue-like ingredients (caseins and caseinates are extremely effective containing high protein levels. ) This way you can fish a conventional bait which has an unusual coating which is alternative but different and closely matches your hook bait.
11. Hook baits of many kinds can be coated in seeds and tiny pellets using a glue-like proprietary substance from Kryston called ‘Bogey’. You can coat pellets, boilies. Dried meats and fish cubes and even your hair rig and hook too with stimulating tiny baits.
12. Making a hook rig utilising small chopped pieces of baits on the hair or hairs of different kinds has great benefits in tripping-up wary fish used to dealing with conventional sized and shaped baits.
13. Using small baits of 6 to 10 millimetres on the rig really can boost catches when everyone else is hammering baits of 14 or 21 millimetres to no avail, especially in the summer.
14. Hook baits which are a combination of a boilie chop and a particle, or maggots and part of a boilie, worm with paste, pop-up with meat etc provides you with many great advantages over using a single or double bait on a single hair.
15. Try using hooks with 2 baited hairs coming off. These hairs can come off almost anywhere to make a difference; it is the different way the bait and rig act in the water and mouth that can hook those wary fish far better.
There is no doubt about it that fish learn and experiments with goldfish performing tricks using food rewards like dogs shows the 15 second memory is just a myth - carp learn!
So do yourself a favour and try being different at all times to maximise your chances and remember; being lazy in this respect will cost you more fish than you ever dreamed possible, but this is just the tip of the ice-berg of improving your catches in regards improving and enhancing all your baits and rigs and whole thinking fishing approach!
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