QUESTION OF THE MONTH: OCTOBER
Hi, my name is Luigi, over the last three years I've been getting quite keen on carp fishing and I love self-made. You can find various recipes on the net, but since I usually buy from you, I thought it best to hear your opinion.
I have been fishing for some time now in a river, which I prefer not to name, that fortunately offers several catch possibilities. I started to bait with a cream-flavoured base mix with very good results, at least initially, but unfortunately I don't know whether it was due to the heat or something else, at the moment I haven't had great results. Could you give me your opinion on this?
THE EXPERT REPLIES
Look, we can safely say that in recent years carp fishing, at least in the summer, has become difficult, both for us fishermen and for the fish, and so you could temporarily stop baiting and leave the spot to rest for a while, perhaps trying again as soon as it begins to rain if the cause was the heat.
Otherwise, if you don't want to give up, you could try changing bait, I would leave out the grits because if white fish are present and the carp are not very active you might have trouble getting them into the bait.
You might, however, start to think that perhaps it is time to change your recipe and move up a step or two to a fish-flavoured bridfish.
So I leave you with a very simple but effective recipe for both short and long feedings:
- 13% YELLOW SEMOLINA
- 12% GROUND MAIZE FLAKE
- 10% MICRONISED ROASTED SOYA
This is the first part of the recipe consisting exclusively of flours of vegetable origin, perhaps similar to the basic mixture used so far.
To this we will add
- 20% FISHMEAL LT94:
- 10% SQUID MEAL:
Here as you can see you have the mixture of animal meal that will serve to increase the nutritional and taste value of your bait.
- 30% BISKO MASH:
- 5% BRAN MEAL:
This last part will serve to complete the bait nutritionally, digestive but also taste-wise, as the pleasant flavour of the bisko will serve to cover up a little of the aftertaste given by the antioxidants in the fish meal.
As far as the liquid composition is concerned, you could try this:
- 25 ml of ARACHID OIL:
- 10 ML OF SEA ABISES AROMA:
- 8 GRAMS FINE SALT:
- 4 ML NHDC SINERGY:
In this liquid part we have the peanut oil which will act as a fatty acid supplement, the squid flavouring goes perfectly with this mixture and works very well in the river. The contribution of flavour will only enhance the fishy taste of the finished bait while the low dosage of sweetener will serve to cover those aftertastes we inevitably find in fishmeal. In the river it is always good to use bait dips because inevitably the current will come to our aid by carrying the attractants in them downstream.
You will see that by changing bait type you will easily start catching fish again, and with good chances even some bigger fish.
See you soon Daniele