Particles are a great bait to attract carp into the swim but they must be prepared correctly before use. This article gives advice and tips on preparing particles, and how to use them to help you bag some carp.
Many specimen carp anglers believe the most efficient way to attract the carp and get them to feed confidently and keep them in the swim to give them the best chance of hooking a specimen carp is to lay down a bed of ground bait. A shoal of large carp can potentially devour a large amount of bait in a reasonably short period therefore a large bed of ground bait is often required. A large amount of ground bait is likely to have cost implications, which every carp angler needs to be considered. Fortunately, particle baits offer a cost-effective solution to address the ground bait issue.
Arguably, the most popular and widely used baits that are considered to be particles in the world of specimen carp fishing include wheat, maize, haricot beans, hemp seed, groats, peanuts, and tiger nuts. Many ground bait mixes contain a mixture of particle baits, along with other bulking ingredients such as crumb, molasses, milk powder, etc. These ground bait mixes can be bought ready prepared from many tackle shops. The ready-mixed ground bait mixes are convenient and very good, however, they are often expensive and a cheaper alternative is to make your ground bait mix and prepare the particles from scratch.
Unfortunately, particles can’t simply be tossed into a bucket and mixed with other ingredients, and cast into the lake, as they require preparation beforehand. Preparing particle baits is easy although it is time-consuming and involves presoaking the particles in water for at least twenty-four hours before boiling up and allowing them to cool down.
The preparation process ensures the particles absorb as much water as possible and swell to an absolute maximum size to protect not only specimen carp but also any other species of fish that may devour the bait once it is introduced to the water. If a particle is used, without any preparation or soaking and boiling before being swallowed by a fish there is the possibility the particle may swell up inside the fish which may ultimately lead to death, which needs to be avoided at all costs. Because of this, particles must always be prepared before use.
Particles not only need to be prepared they must also be prepared properly. The process should never be rushed and since it can take a few days carp anglers intending on using particles for ground bait should be thinking about preparing any particle ground baitwell in advance of the fishing trip. If an angler does not have the time required to prepare the particles themselves the more expensive option of buying ready prepared particles should take at all times.
Just taking the particles at whatever stage of the process they are at with the attitude “that’ll do” is inexcusable and no specimen carp angler should ever take this approach. After all, the whole concept of specimen carp angling is to catch large carp and return them to the water unharmed so they can grow, reproduce, and be caught another day.
Getting particles out into the water is best done using a spod or a bait rocket since using one of these will help the angler achieve a nice neat bed of ground bait in a relatively short amount of time and with minimum fuss. There are other ways of getting the ground bait into the water, such as using a catapult, although these methods often result in the ground bait being dispersed over a large area, which often reduces the performance of the ground bait mix.
Overall, properly prepared particles make a safe and cost-effective ground bait that can be used to good effect in attracting and holding carp and should be considered by every specimen carp angler.