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Used straight out of the tin, hot dog sausages are generally very cheap and make surprisingly good fishing bait. When diced up, the consistency is okay for direct hooking, or hair-rigging with a decent-size bait stop. Originally, I thought this was a bait used mainly by barbel anglers, but it’s amazing how many carp anglers rave about how hot dogs have out-performed conventional baits such as pellets and boilies.
This got me thinking that these soft sausages might make a good alternative to cat food, a mucky, smelly bait that I can’t stand, which match anglers use for bagging bigger carp. All you need to do is mulch up some big chunks of these tinned sausages in a pole cup, using multi-bladed, chopped worm scissors or a penknife. Dump the lot in neat, or add a few feed pellets, and you have a lethal feed that will attract carp from all over.
Use strong tackle and a size 10 or 12 hook with a chunk of meat to catch the wariest of carp. If you get through a couple of tins, you will have caught a netful! is available from reputable tackle dealers.
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