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.