These old-school baits are cheap, but fish love them

Angling Times (UK) - - FRONT PAGE - PAUL GAR­NER

SEEDS, beans, pulses and corn… par­ti­cle baits come in many shapes and sizes, of­fer­ing a cheap al­ter­na­tive to boilies and pel­lets that can be just as ef­fec­tive on their day.

Most of us are fa­mil­iar with com­mon par­ti­cles such as hemp, tares, tiger nuts and sweet­corn, but the choice is vast, with a whole range of shapes and sizes that not only catch carp, but are great all-rounders.

If you are new to us­ing par­ti­cles the sim­plest op­tion is to buy a ready-pre­pared bag or tin of your cho­sen bait from your lo­cal tackle shop. Sev­eral com­pa­nies pro­duce

ex­cel­lent ready-to-go baits that can be left in the car un­til needed.

A bag of mixed large par­ti­cles is likely to con­tain every­thing from chick peas to maize and tigers, giv­ing you a few dif­fer­ent hook­baits and plenty of feed.

You can find a wider range of ready-pre­pared par­ti­cle baits in your lo­cal su­per­mar­ket. Many pulses are sold ready-cooked in the tin, and al­though they can be slightly soft, most can be hair­rigged ef­fec­tively. Look out for black-eyed beans, bor­lotti beans and but­ter beans.

Many an­glers make the mis­take of think­ing you have to pile in par­ti­cle baits to get them to work, but noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth. Very of­ten a cou­ple of pints is more than enough – feed­ing lit­tle-and-of­ten is the key. This makes par­ti­cle baits very cheap to use, es­pe­cially if you pre­pare them your­self.

Soak­ing and boil­ing dry par­ti­cle baits is es­sen­tial to en­sure that they have re­turned to their full size and can’t ger­mi­nate.

A few ki­los of maize, wheat, or hemp can be bought very cheaply, mak­ing the ef­fort to pre­pare them well worth it.


De­signed as an al­ter­na­tive to hemp, parti-blend is a mix­ture of tiny seeds that makes a bril­liant loose feed or spod mix.

The dari seeds, rape­seeds, wheat and tares that make up parti-blend are bril­liant fish-at­trac­tors in their own right, ideal for venues where hemp has been used heav­ily.

Try fish­ing a slightly larger hook­bait, such as a chick pea, over the top of the tiny seed mix to give the carp a big­ger mouth­ful that is easy to hair-rig.

Par­ti­cles re­ally are the Cin­derella baits of the cur­rent scene, and al­though they have been largely for­got­ten about, that doesn’t mean they don’t work. Give them a go, you won’t be dis­ap­pointed.

Carp are suck­ers for par­ti­cle baits.

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