Fishing for big fish with small grains

These grains are also called particle baits and are certainly already known to carp anglers. There are many different grains you can use for fishing. The most popular and best known is corn. Here you can find hard corn and canned corn. In itself, of course, simply corn, but the hard corn was dried after uncoiling from the corn cob and the canned corn soaked in water. Other very catchy grains are wheat, hemp, tigernuts and chickpeas. Try also simply times others as for example Kidney beans out. There are no limits to the imagination.

Preparation of the grains

Canned corn and peas do not need to be prepared. Can open and hook bait, ready. With hard corn and chickpeas it looks different. So that they do not swell first in the stomach of the fish and can also be hooked better, they must be softened. This is best done the day before the fishing day. To do this, simply put the grains in a pot with water and ca. boil for half an hour. Then pour into a sieve and cool down.

Grains swollen

Grains must first swell. Here you can see on the right side the swollen version. © Paul Lahrmann

Refine particle bait

The grains already have an intense smell after cooking and attract some fish to the feeding place. If you want to help a little more, you can add attractant to it. Either sprinkle vannille sugar on it and stir well or liquid agent from the fishing shop. To do this, put the grains in a plastic bag and add the liquid. Then shake well until the syrup has attached itself to each grain. Leave to soak overnight and you have the perfect bait.
If you want to fish with wheat, you can fill a thermos flask one third full with wheat and pour hot water on it the day before. Then close the can and the next day the grains are perfectly swollen.
It is still important to mention that the attractant is added AFTER boiling. Otherwise only the kitchen smells and not the bait.

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Which fish like which grains?

You just have to try it out on your waters. Depending on how much fishing is already done with grains here, they may even flee from a carpet of corn kernels.
For tench you can mix well peanut flour with hard corn and feed with it. As hook bait you take a red worm and a hard maize grain. Especially roach like peas from the can.
With swollen wheat and hemp you can fish for all peaceful fish and be very successful. Carp like corn, tigernuts and chickpeas.

Corn and peas catch peaceful fish

With corn you can catch almost all peaceful fishes. Roach like peas from a can. © Paul Lahrmann

Fishing with particle baits

Fish on a fishing spot where particle baits have been fed are visited by several fish. They eat then each individual grain individually and it can take some time until they have pre-fed to our bait. As already written, in heavily fished waters too many particles on one fishing spot are not good, they can even scare fish away. Here less is more.
To increase the biting success a bit, it can be helpful that the hook bait stands out from the food carpet. We can do this by, for example, when fishing with corn, additionally pulling a red colored corn kernel on the hook. This then stands out clearly. You can get red colored corn in specialized shops. Another possibility is to give the hook buoyancy. On a hair assembly with corn kernels, another small piece of yellow plastic is strung between each kernel. A lead shot on the leader determines how high the bait should then float above the bottom. By the way, such an assembly is also very helpful on muddy ground.

Baiting the particles
It is especially important that the tip of the hook is free, otherwise the hook will not be able to grip immediately in the mouth. It is best to use a short-legged hook and pull 2-3 particles, depending on the size. With hard corn you pierce the pointed side, which was hanging on the corncob before.
Larger particles like beans or chickpeas you should offer right at the hair. For big carp you can also take whole hard maisketten of ca. 6 Grains assemble.

Cover photo: © Paul Lahrmann

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Hello !
That what you announce here hurts very very much .
So you make sure that one day fishing will actually be banned.
This is about the Koberbach dam near Werdau and the Haselbach lake near Leipzig.
But this happens a thousand times on other waters as well !

Feeding – guarantor of success ?

The essence of the headline is actually the question mark.
In our fishing activity, certain myths, rituals and habits have developed in the course of the development of man, since he is able to use tools, including fishing tackle. Each angler has its own philosophy at the waters, how it can crown its most ardent desire with success. The tricks to achieve one’s goal sometimes produce the strangest, but sometimes also the most devastating blossoms.
Thus one can observe at many waters, how the fishing places are prepared meticulously. After all the fish and related equipment have been sorted in their places, intensive preparations are made to give the water the appropriate flair and a certain taste or smell to attract the target of desire. Because we know that fish can smell and taste. The most supposedly "experienced anglers" first choose a suitable place in the water as a feeding spot. Then a mark is set with the feed buoy.
Now the real drama begins !
The trade offers infinite possibilities by means of technology and already prepared feed to realize all fantasies practically also at the water. But there are also own creations, which cost less money.
In the early summer 2015 – happened at the Haselbacher See – in the early morning hours at the north side, so in the Saxon part, a transporter from a Saxon mountain region drove up and the 3 fishing friends pretended to stay 3 days. After opening the rear doors, 6 containers in the size of mason buckets immediately attracted attention. 12 – 15 kg of feed mass was located. Of this alone 3 vats with hard uncooked corn. On my somewhat obviously incomprehensibly asked question, what all this was for, it was revealed to me under astonished amusement: "Of course for feeding ". A bit confused I went back to my fishing spot and before I made my tackle ready to catch I calculated the following on a piece of paper:
6 mason jars each 15 kg – 90 kg.
My own bait for 1 day – 1kg
8 other anglers (16 rod) at other nearby places 0.5 kg each for 1 day – 4 kg
Calculated for only 3 days this would be (low calculated) approx. 105 kg of feed mass in a relatively small section compared to the size of the lake. On good fishing days, however, one can assume that only in the Saxon part far more than 20 anglers per day are present.
So with 24 weeks of increased fishing, an entry of foreign mass is ca. 2,5 t possible. The Haselbacher lake still has a high self-cleaning power. But that the fish completely absorb this feed mass is simply not possible. This will cause the feed to mushroom and provide the best basis for increased algae growth. This in turn depletes the oxygen content of the water and can ultimately lead to the "tipping" of the entire biotope.
An even more negative example offers here the Koberbach dam.
There, among the constant "24-hour anglers" on the campgrounds, you can observe how day in and day out in the season at least 2 anglers row their boat 1x early and 1x in the evening to their feeding places and empty their buckets of hard corn over a large area.
The pitiful attempt to improve the oxygen content of this water by pumping at the big dam seems like a mockery here. Every year the condition of the water on the Kober is feared and fought against. But the basic biological knowledge about a biotope evaporates apparently with some fishing friends very fast in the summer heat.
Cyprinids, i.e. all carp-like fish have no stomach ! They usually digest soft food parts like zooplankton and phytoplankton in their intestinal tract. A stomach possesses only nahrungsbedingt the predatory fishes. So how should a carp digest this hard food. The consequences are inflammations and blockages, which finally lead to the death of the fishes.
A ban on the large-scale introduction of feed for feeding should be considered on the waters that are endangered.
Irresponsible actions do not bring us anglers a good reputation under the critical eyes of various institutions.
Personally, I would like to fish healthy fish from healthy waters in the future.

Great report and super tips! Tigernuts, especially in the "natural" state go with me on carp really well&

Thanks for this great contribution!!

Corn in particular is already a fine thing, if peace fish are to be fished. Crucian carp and tench find besides dewworms and bee maggots, also maggots quite nice. That’s a lot to think about.

Worth reading blog! Small particles, such as hemp and wheat, are excellent in the spring for feeding on and outwitting cyprinids and tincas. Still, in cold water I think live bait, such as dung worms or dew worms, is more suitable. When the water is warmer in the summer, saturating particles such as tigernuts and hard corn can be used excellently on water hogs.

The user Koko is right. Sometimes it really gets out of hand what ambitious carp fishermen dump in our lakes and rivers. The quantity should always be adapted to the fish population, size of the water and water conditions. Fortunately more and more limits and quotas are set in the fishing regulations.

LG and Petri Heil!

Hello together!
Also I have to agree with Koko. I have the feeling it is getting worse and worse with dumping particles and carp bait. Especially with particles it has become bad, because these baits are very cheap to buy. Most anglers still believe that more food brings more fish. Of course it still depends on the water on it. But logical common sense should still be present.
In the cold months when the water temperature is still really on the borderline point, I use small hemp boilies and roasted hemp seeds. With this system I am still good until today. Particle baits belong to carp fishing. Nevertheless in moderation!
Wish you a successful fishing year!

Nice post, am personally also fan of the simple tiger nut&

Right in the black hit with the tigernuts. I tried it the other day and it worked really well!

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