Posted 28 June 2006 - 06:51 AM
Try chick peas. They are dirt cheap and it's unlikely that anybody else is using them. I buy them in bags of a couple of kilos off an Asian food stall and all you have to do is leave them to soak overnight and then boil them until they are of a rubbery texture. When you leave them to soak, put twice as much water as chick peas in the bucket because they expand considerably. Don't bother to add any flavours because they are just fine as they are. You can perhaps add a bit of colour or flavour after the carp have been caught on them for a few months, but add anything straight away and you will only reduce their lifespan.
Rod Hutchinson used to boil them up in tomato soup, but the addition of garlic to the water you are boiling them in is also effective. Even better, they make a nice snck if you get hungry.
I fished a lake where the carp went mad for them and they out fished boilies every time. Just hair rig two or three on a size 6 (or should I say a 7, as it seems to be far trendier at the moment). You can catapult the freebies out a fair distance and you can also put a lot of them out with a Cobra Groundbaiter.
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