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
used by anglers in fishing
with Particle Baits
particles, preparing and using particle baits for Fishing
information on preparing and cooking particle baits on this page is
only a rough guide and should only be used as such. If you have not
prepared or used particle baits before or you are in any
doubt about the preparation and cooking of a particle bait I suggest you ask
baits can be bought ready for use from fishing tackle and bait shops.
What are Particle baits ?
Particle baits consist of practically all beans, peas, nuts, seeds and
Particles can be used by all coarse anglers and are a favourite with
carp or barbel fishing.
Ideal for pre-baiting, spodding or as a hookbait. They can be used as
a cheap alternative to boilies and can often produce excellent results
when barbel and carp fishing.
As a guideline particle baits should be soaked for 12 to 24 hours then
boiled and simmered for 20 to 30 minutes. In the case of Nuts
(Peanuts, Tiger nuts etc) I would recommend soaking for 36 to 48 hours
before boiling and simmering for 20 minutes. Particles that are
prepared and cooked thoroughly are soft throughout. While soaking any
flavours or additives can be added.
WARNING. Undercooked particle baits can kill
Most particles, pulses and seeds need to be soaked and / or
boiled and simmered before they are safe for the fish to eat.
Some particles can swell up to twice or even three times
their original size as they are soaked and take in water. If a fish
eats a dry, un-soaked particle this swelling could take place inside the
fishes stomach and lead to its death.
In terms of fish welfare an over-cooked particle bait is better than
an under-cooked particle bait
Some particles such as hemp and tiger nuts have a natural flavour and may not need
any flavouring added. As with all flavouring of baits it is a personal
choice and may or may not make any difference to attracting or
If you are adding bait flavourings its a good time to add it to the water the
particles are to be soaked in. This gives more time for the flavouring
to soak into the particles.
Particles that are not going to be used straight away can
be frozen. Make up batches in pint sized bags and pop them into the
freezer for using another time. Then its just a matter of defrosting
the night before it is needed.
Fishing with Particle Baits.
Where do I
start? There are many particles and to write about each one would take
me so long I wouldn't have time to go fishing myself.
Particle baits can be used on most if not all waters. Some fisheries
have banned particle baits, especially peanuts, due to the possibility
of fish death through under soaking of the nut. Prior to using particles
for fishing it’s worth checking with the fishery owners if they are allowed.
Particles be used as a groundbait or hookbait. As a hookbait use
straight on the hook or on a hair
rig. Particles are particularly good for baiting up your swim. How
much you use depends on the water you are fishing, the fish you are
targeting and the cost. Carp anglers are big users of particles for
baiting up and a number of years ago I read that two carp anglers fishing lake Cassien in
France for the big carp used two or three hundred weight (100 to
150 kg) of particles each in a week. They used a rowing boat to take
the bait out to the point they were fishing and tipped it over the
side. If I remember right they caught around 9 fish with the largest
around 45lb. (there was no mention of whether the particles had been
prepared or not)
I can't see
a fishery owner allowing this amount of bait to be used in a UK water
on how much bait you are going to use for baiting up there are a few
ways to introduce it into the water. If your going to use huge amounts
as described above a rowing boat is the answer (or if P&O have a ship
passing maybe have a word with the captain).
ways of introducing particles in bulk on lakes and commercial waters
in the UK is by using a bait boat or by 'Spodding'
To get lots
of bait out in a short time then a spod or bait rocket is ideal.
Spodding also keeps the particles in a tighter area and not as spread out
as when done with a catapult or throwing stick. If the distance is too far for spodding then
using a bait boat might be the answer. Bait boats can be bought from
reputable fishing tackle shops but generally the cost restricts the
buying of them to the more dedicated carp anglers.
going fishing its a good idea to ask around and find out about the
particle baits best used in the water you intend fishing.
Some popular particles used for fishing.
Barley Bird Seeds (various) Black Eyed Beans
Buckwheat Butter Beans Chick Peas
Groats Hemp Kidney Beans Maize
Maple Peas Millet Mung Beans
Peanuts Soya Beans
Tares Tiger Nuts Wheat
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