Carp Fishing Bait
Professional and amateur anglers alike know just how important choosing the right fishing bait is when catching carp.
At Total Fishing Tackle, we stock the best carp fishing bait from some of the hottest brands in the game, including CC More, Sticky Baits, Mainline, Nash Baits and more! We are anglers ourselves, and we only sell what we would use– that’s a guarantee.
Many of the brand names we stock have stood the test of time and been around since the ‘80s when boiled, highly nutritional bait flavoured with sweet and savoury enhancers, or ‘boilies’ as they’re commonly known, first appeared. Many of the flavours used for carp fishing back in the day are still available, and rightly so! They are as good today as they were 30 years ago, and in some cases have even been improved.
Picking the right boilie for successful carp fishing is a very personal thing, whether you prefer boilies with a shelf life or freezer bait. Some anglers prefer sweet, some prefer savoury, some even have a preference of colour, size, and even hard or soft baits. We know some of you get superstitious about little things like this, especially competitive fishers. Rest assured, whatever your boilie preference, we have them all in stock and ready to go!
But remember, carp fishing bait is not restricted to just boilies; there are a huge range of carp baits available and they all have their pros and cons depending on your preference. The real secret is figuring out what the carp want!
Carp Bait That Suits You
Lots of brands producing fishing boilies make a variety of other baits to compliment the taste of boilies: pellets, hook baits and pop ups, liquids, dips & glugs, stick mixes and popular ground baits all allow the angler to form their own unique carp fishing strategy.
Lots of fish are fed on pellets when they are reared which makes pellets a great choice for anglers. Pellets are also great for pre-baiting a spot before you even cast your line as this will give the fish a taste and entice them towards your catchment area. Pellets tend to be hard to the touch but can be made softer with water or drilled which allows them to be hooked. They are also effective when added to a good spod mix, (here’s a top tip: don’t add them until you are ready to start baiting up, otherwise they will break down in any liquids). Pellets are best used in solid or mesh PVA bags, a tactic that has perhaps caught more carp than other methods.
Particle baits are less common but can be useful, particularly during warmer months. Hemp seeds, maize, tiger nuts and even pigeon conditioner can be purchased ready-made or raw. Bait manufacturers now recreate popular flavours and add them to their premade particle mixes – yet another way to outsmart clever carp!
Ground baits are also a tried and true bait. Dry to the touch, when mixed with water they clump together to distribute scrumptious scraps of food. Packed full of attractors and additives, modern day ground baits are incredibly effective at enticing fish into your swim and holding them there without overfeeding them.
The stick mix is another alternative when choosing carp bait. Stick mix is made from various ground bait ingredients with additional oils and attractors. The mixture is compressed and threaded onto the hook link, then the hook is pushed into the end. The benefit of these sticks is that the hook point is completely hidden, ideal when fishing up against islands where hooks could catch on leaves or branches. The PVA stick melts away leaving an attractive ring of bait around the rig, with the hook totally hidden from view! A very underused yet extremely effective tactic.
Take a look at the extensive range of carp fishing bait and accessories available at Total Fishing Tackle. Please contact us for any of your fishing queries, we love to talk all things fishing and can advise you on the best bait to suit you.