TASTE

Angling Times (UK) - - UNDERWATER SPECIAL -

Carp have taste buds dot­ted all over their bod­ies, but mostly lo­cated around the mouth and on the bar­bules. The bar­bules of a carp, in par­tic­u­lar, are packed with taste cells that en­able the fish to find food buried in the bot­tom de­bris.

Carp are able to de­tect a much wider range of sub­stances than hu­mans, in­clud­ing sim­ple com­pounds such as some amino acids – the build­ing blocks of life.

They also have a much more acute sense of taste than we do, po­ten­tially able to de­tect flavours at a thou­sandth of the con­cen­tra­tion that we can taste them, so al­ways keep the amount of flavour that you use in your baits to a min­i­mum or you may overdo it.

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