ever wondered why one ‘lucky
to catch the biggest fish again and again, while the majority
of other fishermen just seem to get the average catches? Why
Many of us would love to catch those big catfish, carp,
bass, trout etc, every time we go fishing. It may just be that
the guy is a genius angler, but real fishing success is often
simply about using bait that is more effective than most other
anglers baits at getting round fishes natural fears and resistance
to eating it!...
But how can we achieve this? Well here’s
a few of some of the best most proven methods of increasing
your catches, especially for carp and catfish, but can be applied
very effectively to many other species:
1. Try taking a look at the most popular baits where you fish
and eliminate any similarity your homemade bait has with them.
This especially applies to your own unique fishing bait recipe
or formulas. This removes the fishes ‘danger reference points’.
This gives your bait a massive ‘edge’ because the fish
will not associate your bait with danger, anything like as much
as with the baits everyone else are using - afterall , the whole
point of a bait is simply to fool the fish into taking a hook into
2. Make your bait different sizes, odd shapes, density, colors,
flavors, with different attractors and additives, the more different
to the usual bait the fish experience, the more effective your
bait will be potentially be. Making your own bait puts the odds
back in your favor and the power back into your hands - literally!
3. Absolutely pack your baits with “powerful ‘free
amino acids’ (the type bodybuilders use as a liquid protein
food supplement.) Even if you’re making a proprietary bait
using a ‘commercial base mix’ that anyone can purchase,
this will really set your bait apart and make it preferable to
4. Pack bait with minerals, vitamins and trace elements - get
a health tonic supplement from your local drug store. Very few
people realize that these are in fact amazing attractors in their
own right! An astounding edge is to massively increase the attractiveness
and soluble nutritional message leaking from your bait, by soaking
your hook bait in a mixture if fresh liquidized sweet corn, molasses
and liquid protein food (so-called ‘free amino acids.)
5. It has been proven that when tested carp were provided with
a number of complete foods providing all their nutritional requirements,
preferred the food that had been sweetened. Eg, try sweetening
honey and molasses , fruit sugar (fructose), or saccharin.
6. Add Sea salt to your bait - this is one of the most proven
and unbelievable fish feeding triggers, and a great nutritional
taste enhancer full of minerals. Nearly every animal and fish cannot
live without salt!
7. For many fish including catfish and carp, pack your bait with
fresh good quality digestible protein - it doesn’t need to
be a large proportion, no more than a third of your bait. Ingredients
such as trout pellet powder, meat and poultry meals, blood meal,
fish meals and shellfish meals and liver powder are great. Add
energy rich carbohydrates to provide balanced nutrition and binding.
For example, soya flour, semolina, or even ordinary white or brown
wheat flour. For carp try adding some wheat germ it has excellent
8. Add a small amount of oil to your bait for a balanced nutritional
value. For catfish this could be you favorite fish oil. For carp
the best is probably pure cold pressed hemp oil -it’s natures ‘super
food’ and is one of the richest and most healthy and nutritional
oils known to man and fish!
9. Give your bait some protein that’s been ‘predigested’ or ‘hydrolyzed.’ This
is easily achieved by adding a small amount of proprietary powder,
like predigested liver, fish meal or shellfish extracts to your
bait; available from bait companies all across the worldwide web.
This method is incredibly effective, improving the fish attractive ‘amino
acid profile of your bait. Fish are extremely efficient at detecting
and utilizing amino acids, and you may well find that with the
higher the rate of inclusion of these highly fish digestible ingredients,
your catches and numbers of bigger fish soar too!
10. Allow your bait to ‘cure’ for 3-4 days prior
to use; this allows your bait to start to ferment and lets bacterial
enzymes release alcohols, sugars and increase the level of predigested
proteins in your bait; all amazingly extremely good fish feeding
triggers and attractors. See the difference this makes to your
11. If you use ‘boilies’ rather than paste or dough
baits, try chopping edges off your hook baits as if other fish
have been ‘playing with your bait and taking small chunks
out of it; this can really make the bigger fish ‘feel’ safer
when they sample your hook baits - try piecing your hook baits
right through to release the maximum attraction even from the center
of your bait; it really works!
12. Try wrapping your bait and your hook (except the point) in
a paste or dough. Try a mixture of ordinary flour, marmite, parmesan
cheese, garlic granules, curry spices, sea salt, eggs and liquid
amino acids - this mixture is pure ‘dynamite’ and really
makes ‘em bite!
13. One of the most successful paste / dough baits of recent
times is made from a mixture of fish meal and a couple of predigested
ingredients like predigested fish meals, or predigested shellfish
extracts. Try binding them together with just ordinary flour and
loads of liquid amino acids / protein food supplement. ( But no
eggs.) Experiment with different proportions to get your dough
/ pate to hold and last on your hook for different times. When
you ‘bait up’ or ‘chum your swim with free baits
like this, to attract the fish - hold on to your rod/s!!!
14. Add natural ingredients to your bait, for example, bird foods
contain all kinds of fantastic foods fish love, like insects, seeds,
grubs and worms. Many times, these encourage smaller fish to find
your bait, and these can lead the bigger ones to your hook...
15. Add a ‘crunch factor’ to your bait - many fish
have food detectors inside their gills, and allowing fish to experience
eating your bait like it was natural food, eg, like shrimps or
snails or mussels, is a great way to ‘turn them on’ and
get more confident feeding and more bites!
16. If you use ‘boilies for carp catfish, etc there is
a simple method of improving them: If you buy your baits frozen
in a bag, then open them up and let them defrost and ‘warm
up for 3-4 days in advance of fishing. This gives bacterial enzymes
the time to start breaking down your baits and releasing very attractive
alcohols, sugars and amino acids for example. It really works well
for better catches and can even promote quicker bites!
Making and adapting your own and readymade shop - bought baits
to make them different to the rest, and far more effective than
normal is a science, and a very satisfying 'art'. When you have
armed yourself with a range of great baits, the confidence you
feel is awesome, and especially satisfying when you’ve ‘designed
them and make them yourself!
I could show you many real life examples of how using edges like
these and others, have resulted in fantastic big fish catches.
I love researching and writing about fishing bait because it
is one of the fastest short-cuts to success! I am into bait in
a big way, having even researched the subject with a PhD biochemist
to reveal the reasons why and how baits really work to catch fish.
I’ve found that a little bait knowledge can catch you more
fish, but the more you know - the more consistent your catches
can become - and the more big fish you catch!
The truly amazing thing is, ANY angler can achieve truly amazing
catches with just enough of the right bait knowledge!.. Then other
anglers will wonder what his ‘secret to success’ is...
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