Bait For Carp Fishing
Finding and/or making bait for carp fishing has quite a bit of leeway. Because carp are scavengers and feed on many different things, anglers who go after them are faced with many choices for bait. And while the carp fishing industry is growing in the United States, many anglers still prefer to make their bait the old fashioned way. Whichever route you choose to take, make sure the bait for carp fishing you use is attractive enough to get fish on the hook. Here’s a rundown of some of the most popular and effective baits for carp.
- Natural Bait. Carp are by nature an omnivorous fish, meaning they’ll pretty much go after anything edible you dangle in front of their face. One carp fishing bait that proves this assertion is cut bait. As the name implies, cut bait is basically just strips of dead fish. Any fish will do, considering that it’s mainly the smell of flesh that will attract the carp. To make it, take any caught fish and cut it into cubes similar to stew meat. Leave the skin on to provide extra staying power for the bait when it’s on the hook.
- Dough Balls. These are among the most popular bait for carp fishing there are. Dough balls are sold commercially, but they can also be made easily by hand. Most carp fishermen prefer a mixture of cornmeal, flour, sugar and water to create a thick, viscous dough that can be formed around a fishing hook. For some reason, carp seem to have a sweet tooth, so don’t be afraid to experiment with sweet stuff (molasses and fruit preserves are commonly used) to give your carp bait a little extra kick.
- Live Bait. In a similar vein as the cut bait, live baits attract carp like little else. For the most part, this species is a bottom feeder, so organisms that would be found on the muddy bottom of the body of water will work best. These most prominently include worms and crawfish. Just don’t be surprised when you pull another species out of the water; this bait attract just about every fish in the water.
- Miscellaneous Food. If you’ve gone out to the lake for a camping trip or picnic, odds are you have the perfect carp bait sitting in your cooler. Anything that gives off an attractive, oily scent will catch carp. This includes hot dogs, lunch meat, cooked ground beef and even the buns you put them on. If you’d eat it, a carp would eat it. So, in a pinch, don’t hesitate to use leftovers as bait when targeting carp.