Carp will always be very wary of the new bait, so if you want to catch the trophy, the fish should be given some time to get used to this bait, taste it and make sure that it is safe for him. If possible, try to appear on the pond where you are going to catch, at least several times a week, and feed the carp with a new kind of bait, after a while he will get used to and start eating new bait.
This time of habituation will differ depending on the water body. For example, if the lake is popular, where many anglers are constantly catching carp, the carp’s adaptation to the new bait, as a source of tasty and healthy food, will take longer. The reason here is that there are so many types of baits, fragrances fall into the pond, and the carp has a very large selection of food.
With such a huge selection, available carp, you will naturally need more time for the fish to understand that your bait is a safe source of food. In addition, it will be important to think that carp, which are under great pressure from anglers, will initially associate new unknown bait with danger. So why should he choose your bait?
This is a very important thing, on which you must sharpen your attention, and without hurrying to think carefully. There are some tricks that can be applied to the new bait, so that it works faster. Let’s discuss some of them in more detail.
The bait must be of high quality
Regardless of what bait you are going to use, it should be fresh and very good quality. The nutritional value of any bait should always be high. Bait with a small nutritional value cannot attract carp for a long time, even if it does not connect it with danger. Carp in this is similar to humans; it also needs delicious and healthy food with a full set of life-indispensable substances.
If you use a product of low nutritional value, do not rely on it, even if it has a fantastic smell. There is an opinion that carp can check the source of food and immediately recognize which one contains nutritious and useful substances.
I think that you should use only those baits that have a very high nutritional value. Let’s look at the other side. If the carp finds your high-nutrient bait, then it will simply laugh at other baits and fodder particles suggested by other anglers. Hence, your bait can create a competitive nutritional situation, when the only very nutritious food in the pond, will be your bait on the hook.
Strongly attracted lures
Make sure that your new bait does not contain too many attractants or any additives. This does not play a good service for you when the fish approaches the bait.
With very strong smells, you can attract carp within a few hours after the caught fish. But if the carp is near the bait, a strong attractant will act repulsively.
There is a facet in smell and taste, when they are attractive to carp and, if overdone, the consequences will be terrible.
Think, if we drink fruit syrup, it will be tasty and pleasant to smell, but if it has too much sugar, then it will seem disgusting to us, despite the tempting aroma. The same applies to carp cravings.
The best bait size for carp
Introducing any new self-made bait, a good tactic can serve as an increase in its size compared to purchase boilies. If you are going to independently manufacture boilies, try rolling 30 mm boilies, or even with a diameter of 50 mm.
Such big bait will not be enough for the small fish, and you will be sure that if there is a bite, it will be a real trophy, and perhaps a record. I believe that carp will be much less afraid of large bait, as it is usually caught with smaller diameter boilies.
On the lakes where I catch, no one uses big baits, and I may even have fewer bites, but the size of the fish is much larger. So try to catch on giant boilies, and you will quickly notice your advantage over those who are catching 18 mm or 20 mm boilies.
Number of bait on carp fishing
A new kind of bait and bait should be introduced gradually so that the fish can get used to them. My policy in feeding is better a little, but often, than a lot and at once. Never even think about throwing a ton of new bait, in the hope that a lot of carp will fit it.
Carp will be very careful to eat until he understands for himself that this is a safe and good source of food. Because of caution, the fish will not eat hard on the new bait, and therefore, if it is very much, most of it will just start to turn sour and scare it off.
Therefore, it is much better to feed, say, a pound or two regularly, than to introduce a huge amount in a short time.
This means that the carp can feed on the bait safely for a longer time and will give the bait a longer life cycle in the lake. Remember, the more he eats lures without harm to him, and the more gullible he will be to her and it is better to react to it.
Location of bait
If you are trying to introduce a new bait, you must be sure that there is a fish at this point, and it will most likely be where it is least affected by human pressure. If you well know the pond on which you are going to catch, then you will know where most fishermen will catch.
And if this is so, then try to put your bait in the place where you least fish. In this place there will always be less noise, less pressure from other anglers and less competing baits. All this will allow your new bait to be accepted as soon as possible.