Today we’re going to review my Panko Carp Bait recipe that I use to catch carp and catfish with, then put it to the test by fishing with it! First off, let’s go over the ingredients I used to make this bait.
Old Fashioned Oatmeal
The first step is to simply drain the corn from the can. Next, fill a large bowl with the contents of your oatmeal, and then repeat the same step with 4 cups of panko. From there, remove the entirety of the strawberry Jell-o and place that in the same bowl as the oats and panko. Now place your recently drained corn into the same bowl and mix thoroughly. Make sure to keep that drained corn juice in a separate bowl, and add about half of that remainder into the same bowl as the rest of the ingredients.
After mixing for an extended period of time, you can now add the rest of the corn juice to the same bowl. Again, start mixing until it starts to pack together and add water if the mixture is still too dry. Continue to mix it together until you notice that the pack is just right!
I mash the finished pack bait into some white bread and put the whole jig head in as well, then smush the entire thing together which results in a huge piece of bait. I rip that piece in half to make more reasonably sized bait. The first fish I reeled in with this bait is a common carp! Other fishers in the area started to take notice of my results and how well of a spot this is to take advantage of year-round.
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After getting tangled in someone’s bike that was riding along the bayou, it’s time to try and catch some carp using bread as bait! I’ll be using my classic ned rigwith the bread, which is my go-to technique for grass carp and catfish. After you put it safely through the hook, ball it up until the hook is not exposed whatsoever.
My tactic today will be to throw my line to the other side of the bayou, let it drip down to where the grass carp can be picked up and then have my line float down a little bit farther to the right. We don’t want to have the hook exposed at all because it’s rolling along the bottom of the stream, but the one downside is getting your line snagged. It can be a little bit stout where it’s deeper, as your line can sometimes get stuck in a small concrete crack.
I had a couple of instances where it appeared like a fish was on the line, but the first one to come to fruition was a common carp, which is pretty rare since I’m using bread. After a long fought battle, I reeled in one with some great color on him. It was in a relatively deep area, so it looks like my plan to cast across the bayou and let it float to the right spot definitely paid off.
This was the first time that I caught a carp using only bread in quite some time, but I highly recommend using this method with the ‘ned head’ if you want a challenge for yourself.
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Using pack bait for carp is my mission of the day today, and I am extremely focused on accomplishing that goal. I recently caught mybayou slam a couple of days ago, which includes the combination of:
Common Carp (or Grass Carp)
Despite my success with this group of fish, the pack bait I used was not ideal because my bread used was not refrigerated properly. I now have fresh pack bait that I’m using today, so let’s see how it works out!
Right off the bat, it looks like there’s a ton of mullet, armored catfish, and even some common carp further down from my favorite spot. They definitely tend to hide down in the crack and crevices and root in there for a while. I did bring my bread along with me but plan on using the homemade pack bait I have on hand. I followed the recipe of Jell-O, oats and corn plus a little bit of almond smoke.
The method feeder is my tool for the day, and you need to put a little bit of corn on your hook which makes a bit of a Chum pile for the fish to bite onto. Smash a bit of the pack bait on, but if you don’t have a method feeder you can pack around the hook. This bait is bigger than normal so fish may be scared immediately but come back after a little bit. Generally, these fish are aware of predators above like birds, so shadows tend to scare them more than noise does.
After quite a bit of patience, being in the right spot paid off, and I could feel the fish on the line. In a way, the common carp fight a little more like a redfish but are much stronger than the grass carp. I’m using my 8 foot setup today which makes landing these fish a bit of a challenge. In the end I caught a beautiful common carp with great color on him, and it finally paid off after weeks of trying.
Bayou fishing is one of favorite parts of living in Houston, and by now I’m sure you’ve figured out that my number one spot is Brays Bayou. This awesome location features over 31 miles of slow-moving water from the western edge of Harris County, south of Barker Reservoir along the border with Fort Bend County, east to its convergence with the Buffalo at Harrisburg. In simpler terms, there’s a lot to love and it’s one of the most underrated fishing spots in all of Houston.
I’m not the only one who loves fishing in this Houston bayou, as many reputable news sources and fishing experts agree with me on this spot. The Houston Chronicle noted that Brays Bayou waterway is home to an extremely diverse population of fish and features more species than you might expect. Large mouth bass and catfish are two of the more popular kinds of fish in the area, but it’s important to know that invasive species like tilapia also roam the bayou.
Other fishing experts like Fishbrain agree with me that this is one of the best kept secrets in Houston, and I wanted to venture out to find out exactly how deep it is. My best estimate was approximately 3 feet when using my sonar, which I expect to remain somewhat consistent due to it being a manmade spillway. That would be the average depth on a good day, but I also was curious about conditions following a rain storm prior to fishing. After doing some research and making a video detailing my experiences, I have to say I had better luck than usual!
In addition to going after my favorite spots in the bayou, I also wanted to check out how things would go fishing in the outflow as well. Common carp and tilapia are the most frequently seen fish in this area, so I detailed the different ways it would be best to catch them with bait. If you’re interested, here are my videos on catching these fish with:
I hope you enjoyed this post showing you why Brays Bayou is one of my top spots for fishing in Houston, and if you would like more information here is a map of the entire fishing area. Once again, take care and keep on fishing!