care of your maggot
fishing with maggots
care of your pinkies
fishing with Pinkies
care of your squats
fishing with squats
The Gozzer Maggot
fishing the gozzer
care of your caster
fishing with casters
Bloodworm and Joker
making paste baits
using paste baits
fishing with luncheon meat
fishing with cheese
fishing with particles
fishing with hemp
fishing with tares
fishing with maple peas
baits used by anglers in fishing
with Maple Peas
Maple Peas, preparing and using Maple Peas for Fishing
Along with Hemp seed, Maple Peas were one of the earlier particles
baits used in fishing as a bait. Although not as fashionable these days Maple
peas proved to be a very
successful bait in the past (and still are). Maples are brown in
colour, the size of a pea and can be used along with hemp and other
particle baits as a great pulse
bait for carp. They are also a good bait for other fish such as chub,
tench and barbel. Even roach have been caught using maple peas. Maples are a relatively cheap fishing bait and can
be bought from tackle shops, specialist bait companies, pet shops and
animal feed and seed merchants. Maple Peas can also be purchased
in tins ready for use from specialist bait companies and some tackle
Preparing Maple Peas for fishing.
Preparing your maple peas is quite a simple task really, but as with all particle baits,
preparation must be complete, i.e. fully soaked.
Put the maple peas into a container, cover with water and leave to
soak for 12 to 24 hours. Add sugar or a sweetener to the water.
Flavours can be added if desired but because of their own distinctive smell I don't
consider this necessary. As the maple peas soak up the water and expand you
may need to top up the water.
After soaking, tip the maple peas and water into a pan, bring to the boil
and simmer for around 15 minutes.
Too long boiling or simmering and the maples can turn to mush.
After 5 or
10 minutes simmering, remove a pea and squash it between your thumb
and finger to test it. The maple wants to be soft to firm (rubbery) so
that it will stay on the hook.
When you think they are ready, drain off the water, allow to cool and
tip the peas into a bait tub if using within a day or so, or into bags
Some anglers prefer to allow Maple Peas to ferment before using them.
To do this tip the boiled maple peas into a tub and leave to stew for 2 or 3 days
in which time the peas will ferment and become quite sticky and give
off an attractive milky cloud and a unique smell that attracts the
Fishing with Maple Peas.
Maple Peas can be used on most if not all waters. Some fisheries have
banned all particle baits, due to the possibility of fish death
through under soaking. Before using Maple Peas for fishing it’s worth
checking with the owners if they are allowed.
Maple Peas can be used as a groundbait or hookbait.
As a particle bait the maple pea can be fished singly or as a pair on
a hair rig. Using a size 14 to 10 hook push the point of the
hook into and out through the side of the pea, leaving the point of
the hook showing. When fishing for carp, barbel etc three or
four maple peas can be used on a size 8 or 10 hook. Many carp anglers
hair rig the maple pea which, as with other hair rigged baits, leaves
the hook bare allowing better hooking. Maple Peas are particularly
good for baiting up your swim. How much you use depends on the water
you are fishing
Feeding Maple Peas
Feeding maples peas can depend on the water you are fishing and what
you are fishing for. If you are stillwater fishing for carp you could
lay down a bed of maples peas and wait for the carp to come along to
mop this up. When river fishing a handful every now and then could do
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