Learn More About Flavors and Essential Oils for Carp Baits


Carp Fishing – Learn More About Flavors and Essential Oils for Carp Baits

You can make your carp bait a lot more attractive to carp by mixing different flavors together. However, one of the main issues is making sure that the solvents that your flavors are based on will mix together well and perform the way you want them to. For instance if you happen to mix an oil based flavor with one that is ethyl alcohol based, the attraction is only going to come from the EA part of your mixture because it has the ability to absorb all the other liquids that it is combined with.

When considering essential oil combinations as additions to your bait mix, you might want to go with the classic Strawberry and Bergamot or you can go with Red Fruit and Clove. These historically have been favorites. There is also the combination of orange oil along with some honey or caramel flavoring. Other classics you might want to consider would be Cranberry and Caviar or some Plum and Shellfish. Others could include Pineapple and N-Butyric as well as Squid and Scopex. If you want something that is utterly unique you can always consider getting the advice of a bait company. If you don’t find just the right combinations you may end up with dozens of bottles that you end up simply wasting.

How to Make Your Own Flavor:
  1. Take a flavor of your choosing and put it into an empty bottle.
  2. Add just a few drops of one of many essential oils.
  3. Pick another liquid flavor and add it to the first flavor and essential oil.
  4. Shake the contents of the bottle good and then let it settle. You’ve just created your own flavor.

A really exceptional tactic in baiting is to flavor your particles. By adding some essential oils to your particles can create some incredible results if your oils are added to dry particles a few days before you soak them. If you are using boilies in your mix, you should use the same recommended dosage for that particular boilie, however, you should add your essential oil to what is called a carrier oil. Ususally 100ml of soya oil for each 1kg of dry particle is a good amount. You would put this into a bucket and then pour your oil over it. Stir the particles until they are covered with the oil and then put a lid on the bucket and let it stand for 48 hours. After that you will want to sak your particles for an additional 72 hours and add a tablespoon of some rock salt per kilo of particles.

Once you have done this you will want to pressure cook you mixed particles in the same water they’ve been soaking in. You should boil them for about 20 minutes and then let them cool. Once this is done your essential oils should be infused into your particles which will give them a great smell for the carp to hone in on. Some really good oils to use are as follows:

  • Aniseed
  • Bergamot
  • Geranium
  • Clove
  • Fenugreek

If you want to add a peppery taste, just add some black pepper oil and add 100g of black peppercorns when you are soaking the particles.

If you want to add extra food to your baits you can do so by adding liquid foods after you have cooked your particles because the particles will quickly absorb the liquid foods after they have been cooked. One of the best liquid foods to add is some corn steep liquor to maize.

If you are considering adding oils to your bait when you plan to go winter fishing, this really isn’t the best thing to do. You should just stick with choosing one of the many liquid flavors that are available. The reason for this is that in the winter, most of the oils that you might pick are going to lock up or solidify in the winter water temperatures. Just to see how that works, try putting some of those oils in your fridge for a day or two and discover just how thick the oils get. The best time to add any oils to your bait then would be in spring and summer.

When looking for good oils make sure that the oils you pick have a combination of n-3 and n-6 fatty acids. Carp require this combination in their diets. A few of the best of those that have that combination are listed below:

  • Red salmon
  • Cod liver
  • Hemp
  • Soya
  • Tiger nut
  • Sesame

Of these, the red salmon, cod liver and hemp are the best sources for the combination of fatty acids that the carp require in their diets. You can take a variety of oils and blend them to make your own different style of oils that you can add to your baits. Just remember not to over do this because you also need to take into consideration the health of the carp that is going to be eating your bait. Essential oils alone can be considered food and they do make excellent long term additives for your food based baits, however you need to use them with some common sense. Also, if you are considering using essential oils, they can be expensive and cost as much as ?300 per liter.

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Example of a flavor to add to carp bait.

When it comes to the flavors that are available for your use, understand that most of them come from food and soft drink companies and the more natural ingredients they put in them, the more expensive the flavors are going to be. The price alone will tell you which one has more natural ingredients. If you take a particular flavor and one costs ?8.00 per liter and another one of the same flavor costs ?30.00 per liter, you should automatically know which one has the most natural flavors in it.

There are also vision concentrates. These are made by chemists and the flavors are either NI or Nature identical and ART or artificial. With the Nature identical it means that the chemical breakdown of the flavor has been totally copied and reproduced in a lab. Whereas ART is simply pure artificial flavoring made from chemicals to imitate the smell and taste of a particular flavor. The synthetic flavors have become the most popular because of the fact that they are relatively a lot less money.