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Big Carp Fishing Bait Tips To Seriously Improve your Catches Now! - by Tim F. Richardson

It is always possible to get more bites when the going is tough but it usually takes a little extra thought. In winter and spring especially you need to be more adaptive in your approach so here are some personally proven tips that will really help you this year big-time!Many anglers use such a standard approach to their fishing and perhaps the average carp angler always has which is why his is precisely that i.e. an average angler! The main problem is that the writers who talk about fishing tackle and rigs and even readymade baits deliberately omit to include vital factors in regards to carp as fish. Just how many writers actually know anything about the different stages of feeding stimulation behaviours and the varied different methods of feeding that carp display and how to influence and manipulate such things to our maximum advantage?Do you know why it is so incredibly important to stimulate various stages of carp feeding behaviour and what are the among the top 10 carp feeding triggers ever applied in carp baits and most importantly, exactly how they impact on fish internally and externally (and even on the water itself?) Such know-how puts you in a different league to the vast majority of carp anglers as your options and choices for influencing carp feeding become legion. You will be able to understand far more about what carp are doing even before they begin filter feeding on your baits dissolved attractors, enhancers, sweeteners and triggers and so on, even when fish are some distance from your swim!All most carp anglers know is that their bait has some kind of smell and taste and some nutritional value but to what degree each aspect actually does what in a carp few anglers truly appreciate and therefore miss out on such huge advantages! I realise a few anglers might well say they do well enough without knowing why their baits work. Here is just one example of why bait is not so much hot air as hot stuff when you really know what matters! I went to Horseshoe Lake in Gloucestershire to prove a point to one of my friends fishing there. He was a bailiff and one of the top rods on there and used to fish for England as a youth; so he’s obviously a very good carp angler and knows a thing or two about bait and effective bait application.What we did was make up three baits. My friend made up his normal spod mix which was the one he had been catching well over that season. I made up his spod mix also but made 2 different versions of it, each with 2 extra added ingredients which were exceptional feeding triggers and attractors. Then we placed all 3 baits into the margin of the small stock pond where we could see all the stock of carp and their movements.What then happened shocked us all. Literally all the carp even from the far side of the pond headed immediately over to the 2 extra feeding trigger versions of spod mix. Upon one newly adapted spod mix version the carp fed extremely competitively in a frenzy and clouded the water totally, and even started head-banging the bottom after it had been cleared. Meanwhile the other new spod mix version created a more leisurely feeding response where the fish simply did not want to leave the baited spot for ages after it was gone and lingered hovering above the baited spot as if waiting for more! In fact after 10 minutes roach and tench were obviously very keen on these baited areas and moved in and out among the carp. The original and successful spod mix of my friend was noticeable by its remaining untouched on the bottom where even the roach ignored it; it was not inspected by any carp, tench or roach and was totally ignored (as if it did not exist!) Obviously my fiend could not believe it, and I was quite surprised at the fact that a previously successful bait had not achieved even a single nibble from any fish in this situation! (This should make you seriously question just how effective your baits are against competing baits and what are the most vital and potent competitive edges your baits truly have over other baits!) Consequently my friend adapted his baits in various ways and had the best season ever and has been so satisfied with his catches he is moving off the water to fish for larger more difficult fish and his confidence is so much higher! There are baits and bait substances that really are extremely potent. Knowing what these are, what they do to carp systems and senses, digestion, metabolism and brain hormones releases; so influencing various behaviours etc, and knowing how to exploit them in the right levels in combination with other powerfully triggering substances is an incredible edge. Having experienced baits go from very successful to completely ignored in the presence of more potent baits, is a an almost unbelievable thing; that is unless you understand what your baits are doing or not doing in your fish!How many carp anglers really appreciate just how potent certain powdered additives really are when all those lovely liquid flavours, palatants and soluble liquid free amino acid type additives etc, have washed out of their baits. You will find most of the very best of these powders are often relatively insoluble (if not quite insoluble,) yet they have just enough solubility to induce very obvious feeding responses in carp because carp are so extremely sensitive to these substances most potent and bioactive natural components. Making your own ground baits in whatever form you choose, from spod mix and stick mixes to method mixes and PVA bag mixes, as well as making your own pellets and boilies and specially prepared particles really does catch loads of fish and at less cost than ready made baits unless you happen to be a sponsored angler. In fact these days there are many pressured waters where round boilies pretty much get ignored by wary fish until they are washed out; and this behaviour contributes to far too many blank sessions for less knowledgeable anglers.I recall fishing a small very highly pressured water very consistently for about 6 weeks through on summer. The most popular swim was directly in front of the main island on the water. Well over ninety percent of all the anglers who fished that swim introduced whole fresh readymade boilies and pellets into the swim; in the same old usual spots and cast to the same spots as all those who had been there previously to them. Over the 6 week period 80 percent of the anglers fishing this swim blanked despite fishing 24 to 48 hours at a time. How could they know the fish simply did not want to feed on all that fresh and old bait while lines were so obviously passing through the water at the same old angles with the same old noises from the bank, the buzzer vibrations and sounds down the line, the head torches shooting blinding LED beams into the water, and chatter of human voices on mobile phones etc, (the human voice frequency is within the range which carp are proven to hear in water.)Meanwhile just 40 yard from this swim I consistently baited little and often with my own homemade baits and ground baits taking advantage of all these other anglers pressure. They were in effect showing the carp what was dangerous and thus should be avoided. So for me my buzzers were set on a quiet very sensitive mode using buzzers that do not bleep an thousand times at full volume when turned on. My baiting was little and often right throughout my sessions, my lines were concealed by various means and line angles were totally different to usual and the rig materials and dimensions and dynamics were refined over the previous years at this water to the point where carp testing the rigs were hooked but could not use the lead as a hook-removing fulcrum. My baits oozed attraction without repelling the fish and yet remained very stimulatory when all the water soluble fraction of additives and ingredients had washed out. Bait size, colour, bouyancy, shape, density, texture, firmness and effect on the surrounding water were all adapted for various specific effects. (Do you know which natural carp feeding modes you are inducing by using crumbed boilies and bloodworm, salmon and krill extracts with dried insects and shrimps, and crushed nuts and seeds like hemp for instance?) With such refinements it came as no surprise that even though on one day the lake could be full of anglers, just one fish would be caught and it would be one of the ten biggest in the lake and on homemade bait... Carp fishing is so much more than new methods and tackle and baits. It is very much about understanding fish themselves and how they work. It is about how literally everything we do as carp anglers actively trains carp responses negatively or positively in the short and long-term and how to recognise and manipulate such behaviours and responses for our own maximum benefit instead of disadvantage! So why not do yourself a big favour that will improve your results for the rest of your fishing life and get to know the secrets of bait and how they really work; read on for details of some very unique bait secrets ebooks...By Tim Richardson.

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Tim Richardson is a homemade carp and catfish bait-maker, and proven big fish angler. His bait making and bait enhancing books / ebooks are even used by members of the British Carp Study Group for reference. View this dedicated bait secrets website now! 

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