SEA­SONAL THOUGHT

Angling Times (UK) - - ADAM PENNING -

At this time of year I of­ten

find my­self us­ing more par­ti­cles. I do still put the boilies in (Sticky Krill) but I love us­ing a bit of hemp, while tigers are deadly for fish that have had a bit of a ham­mer­ing all year.

Prepa­ra­tion is key. I re­ally don’t think it is any good just buy­ing a jar of each un­less you are par­tic­u­larly adept with the Spomb. A small quan­tity like that won’t re­ally do much for you and hemp, in par­tic­u­lar, works bet­ter when ap­plied a bit more heav­ily.

With this in mind, I pre­fer to buy my hemp and tigers in bulk and pre­pare them my­self at home. I re­cently bought a new Burco boiler to make this sim­pler – it saves stink­ing out the kitchen and get­ting an ear­ful from the mis­sus! You can find these rel­a­tively cheap on eBay and if you are se­ri­ous then I can­not rec­om­mend one highly enough.

Hemp re­ally is the great­est bait of all! For­get all those pi­geon mixes – noth­ing beats loads of proper oily hempseed. Qual­ity is very im­por­tant, though, and in re­cent years, get­ting hemp to split dur­ing cook­ing has proved im­pos­si­ble.

I spoke to an­gling supremo and in-house ex­pert at Hin­ders, Kev He­witt, about this. This man re­ally knows his stuff and catches a mind-blow­ing num­ber of big carp. He told me that there is a global prob­lem with hemp qual­ity, but that Hin­ders had sourced a very small seed from China and it splits like a dream. I or­dered some and he was right… super-oily and splitting per­fectly ev­ery time. I soak mine overnight be­fore boil­ing un­til it splits, usu­ally about half-an-hour.

Tigers I again get from Hin­ders and these are soaked in water, sugar and some Be­talin for a cou­ple of days.

At this point I boil them for 30 min­utes and then trans­fer them (with all the liquids) back into the buck­ets, where they are left to ma­ture for a fur­ther four to five days.

One tip – if you want them to go slimy and gloopy (and we all do) then en­sure the nut-to-water ra­tio is kept lean after cook­ing. Just enough water to cover them is plenty and, be­lieve me, a well­pre­pared tiger nut is up there with hempseed. It’s an in­cred­i­ble bait that is perfect for com­bin­ing with hemp for some early win­ter fish­ing!

“I BUY MY TIGER NUTS IN BULK”

A tiger nut browser from last au­tumn.

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