Keep your bait in tip-top condition
I always make sure that my bait is in the best possible condition, as better bait catches more fish.
LIVELY WORMS NICE AND CRISPY
Hempseed works well only if it’s fresh and cooked properly.
Hemp is a bit of a pain to prepare, so I usually rely on pre-cooked, tinned stuff, which is normally pretty good. Cooking it in a tin produces a stronger aroma, and the seeds release a lot more fish-attracting oils. However, hemp from tins does vary in size, so it’s best to check the contents before a trip, especially if you want to use this bait as a main line of attack.
Casters are often combined with hemp, and again work best when in prime condition. I bag mine and keep them in a fridge, breathing them every day, to ensure that they don’t go rubbery and grey. For longer periods, I cover casters with water in a bait tub and freeze them. Once thawed, they need to be kept in water, to prevent them from going mushy.
BAGS OF FRESHNESS