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Top Secret Carp Baits

By August 15, 2020No Comments

We live in a time where boilies are the only real go-to option for the modern-day carp angler.

But what if I told you that there are so many top-secret carp baits that hardcore carp anglers keep for themselves.

In this article, I will tell you the best carp baits that are almost unknown to most anglers, and how you can put them to work the next time you go fishing.

As mentioned above, I will describe the baits and tell you why they are great and how you can use to catch more carp.

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The Best Carp Baits Most Anglers Don’t Know About!

Tinned Foods

Tinned foods are great. Easy to transport, cheap to buy and available in nearly every shop. Baits like sweetcorn are well known amongst carp anglers but here is a couple you might not know about.

Tinned Pet Food

How To Use It

  • Used as part of a bait mix
  • Used as a floating hook bait

Where To Use It

  • Lakes Or Rivers

If you are a keen Carp angler then you will know dog biscuits are a great float fishing bait.

But Carp love the smell and taste of dog and cat food, why?

Well because the meat has got a lot of protein and salt in it.

Carp absolutely love salty baits and you can put these to good use when you’re fishing over a particle bed or even when you’re preparing your mix.

Empty the can in the mix, mix it up and let the other baits soak up the taste of the food.

And because tinned pet food tends to be soft and light. You can actually use it as a top bait. Hook the pet food the same as you would hook luncheon meat like spam with the hook buried in the bait.

Always use meaty flavours such as game, chicken or beef. Be careful not to overfeed.

Tinned Peas/beans

How To Use It

  • Used as part of a bait mix
  • Used on a hair rig

Where To Use It

  • Lakes Or Rivers

Peas are food, which has the right colour and taste for carp who can eat a lot of it. It is a particle bait which you can use to feed the carp as part of ground bait.

Usually, I would chop these up and add them to my boilie mix. boilies are expensive but this extra mass of bait makes ground baiting a lot cheaper

Peas cannot be used on a hair rig, because of the softness of the bait.

Beans, on the other hand, can be used on a hair rig and is best used on a slightly longer hair rig and added to boilies. Just like you would when you add corn to a hair rig.

I would recommend when you use these baits, to use them on a small lake. Somewhere in the corner with not too much wind or water movement.

Bugs

Carp absolutely love little bugs, they eat them during the spring and summer months and they can eat a lot of them.

These are all great when margin fishing and especially if you are fishing near an area with lily pads.

As that is where carp often find these naturally. There are three specific bugs which I want you to focus your attention on.

Snails

How To Use It

  • Slow Sinking Hook Bait

Where To Use It

  • Shallow or Calm Water
  • Near Foliage, especially lily pads.

The tiny little house that snails have on their backs, combined with their slime, makes for perfect hook bait.

Carp love crunchy foods, and its no surprise they love snails. Snails make for a perfect slow sinking carp bait.

Just make sure you attach them firmly enough to the hook or you will lose them.

I guess you can call this a live bait, but when carp see the snails crawling about they can’t help but bite.

They are best used in sheltered corners of a lake, in the margins or near areas with lilies and other foliage.

Slugs

How To Use It

  • Used On a hair rig

Where To Use It

  • Shallow or Calm Water
  • Near Foliage, especially lily pads.

These hard, robust, and slimy snail-like creatures are perfect for fishing on a hair rig.

Put the needle to the back of the slug, all the way through his head.

Put a tiny piece of lead on the end of the slug, and you’re good to go.

The amount of slime that these slugs produce is irresistible for carp.

Use them on a rig, in the corner of a lake and near foliage. 

Beetles

How To Use It

  • Used as a top bait
  • used in a bait mix

Where To Use It

  • Shallow or Calm Water
  • Near Foliage, especially lily pads.

These can be used as a top bait when used in the right conditions.

If you’re lucky enough to have found a plague of beetles or similar creepy crawlies then you can easily freeze them, and use them in your particle mix.

Beetles are often found in little corners with many snags or up against reeds. But since these float and are protein-rich, carp love them.

You can often find that these attract the attention of many more species too. so you might end up with perch and roach nibbling on the end.

Crustaceans

These are another often unused bait for carp that I haven’t seen anyone using it on any water I’ve fished.

The only time I’ve really seen these baits used is during saltwater fishing but they are great for carp too.

This is your moment to shine and catch that big carp when putting these Crustaceans to work.

Prawns

How To Use It

  • Used in a bait mix
  • Used on a hair rig

Where To Use It

  • Lakes Or Rivers

Prawns are a delicious taste for our friend the carp. Prawns have an extraordinary smell which carp will almost find almost immediately. 

They contain a lot of protein which is good, but carp will often fill up on them. so make sure not to feed too many at once. 

If you are baiting around your hook then you can get away with a handful. Or better yet chop them into smaller pieces and mix them into your ground bait.

If you are using them on a hair rig then you can use them with your boilies to add to the presentation.

Squid

How To Use It

  • Used in a bait mix
  • Used on a hair rig

Where To Use It

  • Lakes Or Rivers

A flavour which doesn’t really need any introduction. It’s a taste which has been used in a lot of bait smokes, and boilies. 

Why? Because the smell of squid is incredible. Carp absolutely love it. And so do most fish. 

To give another dimension to it, you can buy a squid, cut it up and use it on the hair as a bottom bait.

I would recommend lowering the bait instead of throwing it in. It can easily wiggle off the hair. And even as a dead bait will often tare from the hook.

Mussels

How To Use It

  • Used in a bait mix
  • Used on a hair rig

Where To Use It

  • Lakes Or Rivers
  • Water with lots of angling pressure

Obviously fishing over a Mussel bed is a how you lose tackle, but have you ever tried putting one on your hair? 

It is an insane method that only saltwater anglers use. 

I’m telling you that using them on high pressured waters can really make a difference. 

Just crack a mussel open and then use the boilie needle to get it over the hair and you got yourself a bite.

Bloodworm

How To Use It

  • Used in a bait mix
  • Used on a hair rig

Where To Use It

  • Lakes Or Rivers

Carp love these wriggly marine worms. 

Part of why fish love them so much is because they are extremely active. 

If you haven’t been marine angling then you might not have used them. 

But these are super effective for a lot of species.

Bloodworms are full of taste and this makes them so much better than using normal worms. 

You can happily use them straight on the hook as a slow sinking bait or you can use it as a boilie mix.

A lot of anglers already felt the power of the worms, are you up next?

Other highly attractive baits

Cheese

How To Use It

  • Used in a bait mix
  • Used on a hair rig

Where To Use It

  • Lakes Or Rivers

Cheese is a well-known carp bait that has been used a lot as an ingredient in boilies, but Cheese is also good when used on a hair or presented directly on the hook.

Cheese is very tasty for carp, and also it is high in carbs.

Carp absolutely love the smell and taste of it.

As mentioned, you can use it on a hair, on the hook, and even in your particle mix.

Potatoes

How To Use It

  • Used in a bait mix
  • Used on a hair rig

Where To Use It

  • Lakes Or Rivers

Used back in the day when there wasn’t even a boilie on the market.

Potatoes are perfect bait for carp fishing and it’s a variable bait which can be used in a number of presentations and situations.

It’s mostly being used on a hair rig, on a hook and for prebaiting.

The reason it’s so good is that potatoes have a sweet taste on their own, once boiled they’re even sweeter and the taste is stronger once in the water.

Now a day you can buy preboiled potatoes and you can use them on the hair, which makes it have so much potential.

It’s basically a cheap, slightly worse boilie. A 1Kg of boilies is usually like £20 and it gets used so quickly. So I can see why people use potatoes to make their own.

Marshmallows

How To Use It

  • Used in a bait mix
  • Used on a hair rig
  • Used as a top bait

Where To Use It

  • Lakes Or Rivers

You are reading this and you look at this like huh Marshmallows?

Yea that’s right; marshmallow is brilliant carp bait. That’s also how I felt when I first saw someone using them!

It is kind of like candy so there very sweet. They come in two sizes, the big ones and the smaller ones.

The smaller ones can be used in particle mixes, as a snowman, or for prebaiting.

The bigger ones are your match the hatch baits and are for single bait fishing.

The inside of the marshmallows are very sticky and sweet so carp absolutely love them.

One thing to remind here is that marshmallows are floater baits, so you want to use these on warmer days where fish are closer to the top.

Marmite & Honey

How To Use It

  • Ground bait booster
  • Hook Bait Booster

Where To Use It

  • Lakes Or Rivers

Marmite defies description but has a consistency similar to honey, but never the less it’s great for carp.

This paste has got a lot of sugar and instantly releases a lot of it when it gets in contact with the water.

You can use this paste as a bait booster, or you can even use it to soak your hook baits.

Don’t use them on popups because the buoyancy will be affected and turn your slow sinking bait into a top bait.

Honey is an awesome sweetener which you use in a couple of ways.

You can use in your particle mix to add some extra taste to it or even soak your boilies into it.

Honey is being used in a lot of boilies as well, and why? Because it is an awesome booster, give it a go you can’t go wrong with it.

Pepperoni

How To Use It

  • Used as a hook bait
  • Used on a hair rig

Where To Use It

  • Lakes Or Rivers
  • Murky water

Pepperoni, an awesome bait that can be used in any situation.

Carp like tasty, smelly, oily and spicy food and that’s what pepperoni is.

You can buy it in squares, paste, and sausage style and is usable on the hair and straight on the hook.

You can even add more pepper to it to make it even spicier. A Lot of people will add salt to ground baits to attract more fish.

Kyle Davies

Kyle Davies

Having angled for over 15 years some would say i’m something of an expert. The trouble with learning from experience is, it never stops. Come read along as i review some of the most (and least) popular fishing tackle that you can buy. And join me on my journeys to catch some beautiful fish.

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