Cheap Baits for Carp Fishing

April 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Carp Bait

Carp fishing, if you listen to all the pro’s and magazines can become a tad expensive. Especially buying bait. However if you want to cut down the costs there are a number of cheap baits that work as well, if not better then the traditional pricey baits. Part of the reason these baits work well is due to the fact that the carp is not used to them, they are visually different to what they normally eat, and that the carp probably hasn’t been caught on them before. Therefore they are normally more inquisitive and will try something new.

My selection of cheap baits are:

Pet Food:
Cat or Dog meat is far cheaper than luncheon meat, and is actually much more potent and more attractive to fish.
(some venues have banned meat do to overuse and over poolution – please stick to the rules of the fishery)

For cupping in the meat, pass the meat though a sieve and add a little water.
Use a bread punch, or for larger baits Fox armour mesh for the hooked bait.

Dog and Cat Biscuits
These are very cheap and a bag will last for a long time. Apart from the using these as floating baits they can also be liquidised and added as a groundbait, or mixed in to make a paste.

Bird Food, in particlar ‘pigeon feed’.
There are a number of particle based products within pigeon food, including maze, maples, rapeseed, hemp and dari. But my favourite is called ‘pigeon conditioner’ which contains an assortment of small particles, but the key ingredient is aniseed, which carp love. With all particles you must ensure they are prepared corectly, so boil the seeds for the recommended times and leave overnight in the water to soften further. A sack of pigeon food can last for months and is one of the best carp feed baits availalbe.

Human Foods

Boilies can be made on the cheap, the great thing with homemade boilies is that you can experiment with flavours, colurs and sizes and shapes. The shelf life wont be long, but making your own is fun and much cheaper than purchasing from tackle shops.

The base of the ingredients are:

eggs, semolina and soya flour.

Attractants, depending on what flavours you want can include anchovies, ground up pellets, fishmeal, orange squash, pineapple squash, food dye and flavourings.

The variations are unlimited and trial and error is required.

Coarse – Match Fishing Rods

April 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Coarse Fishing Gear

Carp Fishing Rods

April 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Carp Fishing Gear

Fishing Rod License

April 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Angling News

How to purchase your fishing rod licence

Any angler aged 12 years or over, fishing for salmon, trout, freshwater fish or eels in England (except the River Tweed), Wales or the Border Esk and its tributaries in Scotland must have an Environment Agency rod licence.

Rod licences are available from Post Office outlets throughout England and Wales, online, by Direct Debit and over the telephone on 0844 800 5386. The phone line is open from 8.30am to 8.00pm daily from March to September and 8.30am to 6.00pm from October to February.

How much does a rod license cost?
Prices for 2009/10 Rod Licences – valid from 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010

Category Non-migratory trout, char, freshwater fish (coarse fish) and eels Salmon and migratory trout (sea trout)., non-migratory trout, char, freshwater fish (coarse fish) and eels
Full season (expires 31st March 2010) £26.00 £70.00
Junior Concession £5.00 £5.00
Senior Concession £17.25 £46.50
Disabled Concession £17.25 £46.50
8 Day £9.50 £22.50
1 Day £3.50 £7.75

A salmon and sea trout licence covers you to fish for non-migratory trout and coarse fish as well. Failure to have a licence is an offence.

Remember: If you are fishing with 3 or 4 rods then you will need to purchase a second licence.
Concessionary licences

  • junior concession is available to anglers aged 12 to 16 years inclusive
  • senior concession is available to anglers aged 65 years and over
  • disabled concession is available to anglers in receipt of a Blue Badge or Disability Living Allowance. You will need to provide your Blue Badge Number or National Insurance Number when buying your licence

Important rod license information

  • Anglers under the age of 12 do not need a rod licence to go fishing
  • Full and concessionary rod licences expire on the 31st March each year
  • 1-day rod licence is valid for 24 consecutive hours
  • 8-day rod licence is valid for 192 consecutive hours from the start time and date

Be warned!
If you fish without a rod licence you are cheating other anglers, it is an offence to fish for freshwater fish and eels without a valid rod licence and if you are caught you may be fined up to £2,500.

The money raised through rod licence sales is invested directly in fisheries work that benefits all anglers.

Bob Nudd’s Fishing Tips

March 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Angling News

Bob Nudd’s Fishing Tips

To mark the launch of Discovery’s new TV channel, Discovery Shed, four times
world angling champion Bob Nudd is going to be fishing at Victoria Park pond
on Friday (20th March) from 8am. If you’d like to come and join Bob for
some morning fishing and to get some tips to help improve your own
technique, just turn up at the pond, which is near the park’s Pavillion Café
(enter at Crown Gate West) at 8am on Friday.

Discovery Shed will be the place for men who like good old practical
activities to escape to. Watch Matt Hayes’ Greatest Catches on the channel
from Friday 20th March at 9pm and 9.30pm, Bob Nudd’s Right Angles follows at
10pm and 10.30pm.

Fishing Shop

March 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Fishing Shop

Salt – A good addition to Bait

February 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Carp Bait

Adding rock salt or sea salt to ground bait or paste will improve your catch rate.
The addition of salt gives that extra flavour which carp and general coarse fish are attracted to.

Do not use table salt, as there are added chemicals which may harm fish. Read more


February 11, 2009 by  
Filed under Coarse Fish Species

Common Bream are one of the larger members of the Carp family found in British freshwaters. Mature bream are known as “Slabs”

Bream Statistics:
Scientific Name: Abramis brama
Maximum Weight: 18lb
Average Weight: 3-4lb
Maximum Length: 14-16 inches
Life Span: 15-25 years

Bream Characteristics:
A mature bream has a dark back and a greenish tinge with silvery grey sides and a whitish belly. Young fish are silvery and known as “Skimmers”. Bream are relatively thin fish, but make up their weight due to the depth of their shape. The are easily identified as larger fish have a hump shape and their mouth face downwards as they are bottom feeding fish.

Where to Catch Bream:
Slow moving rivers and canals. Gravel pits, lakes and large ponds.

Feeding Habits of the Bream:
Bream are often found feeding on soft bottoms, so muddy areas are best. They feed in shoals so if you catch one be prepared for others.

Bream Baits:
Maggot, meat, sweetcorn, hemp, bread flake

How to catch a Bream:
Popular methods include waggler or pole fishing methods with a simple float and hook.
Feeder methods with maggotts and ground bait in the feeder with maggot or corn on the hook.

As they are a shoal fish, when you hook one try to throw a few maggots in to keep the other bream feeding and not spooked.
A bream will often put up a good fight, but then just float to the surface ready for netting. The fish are very slimy and will leave a trail of slime in the net!


February 11, 2009 by  
Filed under Coarse Fish Species

The Perch belongs to the family of Perciformes – fish with spined fins. It is a hunting fish a will often feed on fry and smaller fish.

Perch Statistics:
Scientific Name: Perca fluviatilis
Maximum Weight: 7lb
Average Weight: 6-8oz
Maximum Length: 20 inches
Life Span: 13 years

Perch Characteristics:
The Perch has striking looks well suited to its predatory life. Its flanks are olive green with six or seven black stripes, camouflaging it among weed and reeds.

Where to Catch a Perch:
Perch can be found in any freshwater system, lakes, rivers, streams, canals and ponds.

Feeding Habits of the Perch:
The Perch is a predator and will use weeds and reeds against its colour to blend in with the environment. As the fish or bait passes by they will strike. At certain times of the year, Perch will group to feed on fry and smaller fish.

Perch Baits:
Small fish, fry, worms, maggots, meat

How to catch a Perch:
Popular methods include waggler or pole fishing methods with a simple float and hook.
Feeder methods with maggotts and ground bait in the feeder with a double red maggot on the hook.
Spinning – Small mepps spinners are very good.

Nineoaks Fishery – January 2009 Match Report

January 28, 2009 by  
Filed under Coarse Fishing

fishing report for January 25th at Nineoaks Fishery
Oakford near Aberaeron, Ceredigion, W.Wales, SA47 0RW
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