Carp bait is a wide-range and diverse product. They feed on a large variety of food. They prefer crustaceans, aquatic insects, fish, crayfish, snails, and other marine life, but also eat algae and various plant matter.
Because of this varied diet, there are a wide variety of carp bait types, from natural live offerings to manufactured soft baits and dough baits, lures, sprays, baits, etc. Some of the most popular carp baits include Clinch Carp, Yellowfin Tuna, White Carp, Silver Carp, Crayfishtail Carp, Grey Nurse, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Hybrid Striped Carp, Pangolin, Pompano, Rosey Back, Rainbow Trout, Redear Sunfish, and Pinky Tongue.
There are also a wide variety of saltwater baits.
Most carp fishing tackle shops and many retail stores carry a large selection of carp bait. These include dead bait, frozen bait, live bait, hard plastic or wax bait, and synthetic bait. In addition, you can find fly fishing for carp as well as freshwater fishing for carp.
Dead bait is a great way to introduce carp into your system. You can get clams, oysters, small crayfish, cut fish, mussels, etc. through local markets and stores. Some of these baits can be live, but some are only edible if they are fresh. If you can, try to find corn in its fresh condition. Since corn is a good source of protein, it is a great bait for your carp.
Many people use lures that resemble what nature provides. They include rubber or silicone lures, spinners, plastic worms, hook-and-loop types, etc. Carp can be attracted by the scent of various foods and can be lured with sugary foods such as corn. This is a great method for introducing carp to your pond or lake.
As for fresh food, you might try feeding your fish cotton buds, bread, or hemp seeds. Bread and hemp seeds are good, cheap sources of protein. They are easily accessible and do not cost too much. However, if you have no time to prepare these foods, you can simply purchase bread and hemp seeds at a local bait and tackle store.
You can also find the bait in various grocery stores in your area.
Some of the more exotic foods you might want to try are cheese, corn, red meat, chicken, beef, tuna, shrimp, salmon, and bananas. Fish are especially drawn to red meat. You can use white bread as a partial source of bait by making a simple fillet of white bread and adding fish eggs or hair.
Shrimps will also work, but hair rigs tend to be more successful. Hair rigs consist of a piece of very coarse hair tied to a hook.
Carp are very active swimmers, so you’ll need to select a method of bait selection that will allow them to take a while to react. One technique of chumming is to attach a small piece of white bread with a small hook. The “chum” works as a lure because fish will be attracted by the sight of it.
A less successful chumming technique is to attach the “chum” to a small hook and let it float on top of the water, which will attract more fish since the water is “flat.”
Of course, hair rigs are not the only option. There are several artificial baits that you could use for carp fishing. They include but are not limited to, cheese, ice, shrimp, corn, chicken entrails, minnows, feathers, shish-kebabs, fake clams, crawfish, crayfish, potato slices, dough balls, mustard seeds, corn cob, shrimp shells, and hard-boiled eggs.
In order to attract the largest variety of fish possible, you should experiment with several different types of artificial bait. Most anglers will agree that live or freshwater carp are some of the hardest to catch, so the biggest draw when using artificial bait are the various combinations that can be fished with just one hook.