During warm summer months carp change their bottom feeding habits to eat insects and bugs that float on the surface. Worms, maggots, casters and most insects are all on the menu but cockles on a hook or hair rig can bring lots of action. Other sea foods like prawns, shrimp and mussels are also effective when they're used where carp may naturally find them.
Using floating baits when carp are feeding can be a fun experience to watch. You won't forget the experience of a monster carp breaking the surface to take your bait. You can use bread crusts, bagels, dog or cat biscuits and even lunch meat you zapped in the microwave. Anything that floats and is edible is worth a try. Always wet your bread to make it easy to hook.
Particles are probably the most popular bait category since they include carp fishing favorites like sweet corn and hemp. When hemp is cooked it gives off a rich scent that drives carp crazy. You can use it with a trout pellet or homemade mix for a powerful one-two punch. Almost any cooked seed, bean or nut makes a good particle bait but some of them have been banned from fishing areas. The bans were imposed after fish died in areas where poorly prepared particle baits were used. That's why you should always check local regulations before using particle baits.
Many fishermen have used Berkley Powerbait at one time or another. This popular pellet bait attracts many species of fish but specialized carp pellets are also available. Even trout pellets can be effective since their oil content appeals to carp. As good as the commercial pellets are, some carp enthusiasts prefer to make their own effective homemade dough balls. You can try one example found at CarpAssociation.com by mixing a quarter cup of chopped nuts with two cups of flour, two cups of a crushed wheat bran cereal mixture, eight tablespoons of sugar, eight teaspoons of molasses, four tablespoons of margarine and just enough cherry soda to get the desired consistency. This recipe makes enough pellets to last a day and the carp are known to respond to the bait.
Article Written By Dan Eash
Dan Eash began writing professionally in 1989, with articles in LaHabra's "Daily Star Progress" and the "Fullerton College Magazine." Since then, he's created scripts for doctor and dentist offices and published manuals, help files and a training video. His freelance efforts also include a book. Eash has a Fullerton College Associate of Arts in music/recording production and a Nova Institute multimedia production certificate.