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It's hard to believe how many Carp angler ingnore the use of particles. In comparison with the boilie they have many advantages, for a start, they are a lot cheaper. This doesn't mean that they are in anyway  less effective, in fact, if you are planning a pre-baiting campaign it is probably easier to get the Carp preoccupied on particles, than it is boiled baits. Most particles are fairly easy to prepair, all that is required is a soak & a period of boiling. This page will highlight a few particle baits & their preperation. In my expierience the biggest advantage of particles,is just how few Carp anglers use them.


Spod mix, containing Hemp, Groats & mini boilies


HEMPSEED Most anglers have heard of Hemp, used often by match anglers when fishing for Roach & Barbel. Carp love the stuff, even in winter. Used mainly as a bed of bait with a boilie or Tiger nut fished over the top. Soak in cold water for no longer than 12 hours. Boil in a large saucepan for 2 minutes & then pour into a large bucket (with the boiling water). Leave for another 12 hours max & use. I like to add a few tablespoons of sugar to the water at the second soaking stage.
TIGER NUTS The most costly of all particles, but doesn't have to be used in great quantity. Maybe only a couple of handfuls around each hookbait. Soak in cold water for a minimum of 24 hours. Transfer to a saucepan & boil for 30 minutes.
PEARL BARLEY Traditionally used for Roach fishing on the River Thames. Soak for 24 hours & boil for between 10-20 minutes. Liquid sweetener can be added to the water at 4-7ml per pint. Alternatively, soak the seeds in condensed milk, for added attraction. Colour can also be added at the soaking stage.
GROATS The cheapest particle of all, but very effective. Works well as a bed of bait with a Tiger Nut fished over the top. Soak for up to 24 hours, boil for 2 minutes. Colour can be added at the soaking stage.


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