The Basics of Fishing Bait – Guest Post Part 2

This is a guest post by my friend Walter of: (This is part 2, for part one see: )

Another crucial aspect of fishing success, beyond knowing the best knot to tie for each particular circumstance, is which baits will work and how to fix up your own batch of the best pre-bait mixtures. For example, carp are lake fish that make for some of the tastiest main dishes; that’s because they’re all about tasty food themselves—at least, what fish consider delicious. Carp are fatty fish, with bountiful stores of flavorful flesh that I’ll talk more about in another post. Since there’s so many types of fish with different types of preferences for bait lets talk about carp bait, and what works.


Fluorescent Pop Upscarpbait

The key to using these as bait is contrast. It isn’t so much about the specific color of your light, but the fact that it shows up really well to the fish who is cruising for its dinner. Some experts recommend white pop ups against dark mud lake bottoms and pink or yellow against weedy, vegetated beds. Many insects have bioluminescence, and fish are keyed into look for light as a signal that a prospective meal is about to serve itself.


Carp love hemp, and a lakebed well sown with this bait will draw crowds of them. I’ve tried to figure out exactly why carp go so crazy for hemp, but every expert will tell you—they actually don’t know. Even a few tiny flecks of it, cast on the water’s surface will attract them, and they’ll be excited about it, too.

Tiger Nuts

Carp go crazy for these. Ever-discerning gourmands of the piscine world, they go after these like finned piglets. And even a single prepared nut will have incredible results. It’s important to remember that while sometimes, pre-baiting works well for some bait types, it isn’t always essential. As well, quantity isn’t always a better approach. Just remember that if you’re making up your own batch of these, soak them for at least 24 hours, bring to a boil for 30 minutes, and then soak another 24 hours prior to fishing with them; they can be dangerous to the fish otherwise.

Sweet Corn

This is the top choice of many fishing enthusiasts. It has what fish want on every front—color, flavor, texture, and starchy available calories. It’s great for either broad cast, high volume baiting of an area or as a single hook bait, because fish can see it and smell it.