Feed Corn / Maize
Fishing for carp can be expensive at time. Chumming with manufactured carp baits can burn a hole in your wallet if you end up using 10 -20 lbs of chum each session. So when I plan on doing a lot of chumming price is always a factor.
One of my all time favorite carp bait is boilied feed corn or maize. It is powerfully effective, but it is also extremely cheap. I can buy a 50 lb bag of dried maize (feed corn) for $10-$12 at a feed store or even stores like Walmart. In turn, 50 lbs of dried corn makes 200 lbs of boiled carp bait. For about $10 you can make enough carp bait to last all summer. No other type of carp bait can compare in the price department.
How to Prepare Maize
Feed corn expands a lot when its soaked in water. Additionally, dry feed corn is hard and it will split when you try to put it on a hair rig or on the point of a hook. So, before fishing with feed corn you can soak and boil it.
- Cover the feed corn in water for 12 to 24 hours.
- Boil the feed corn for a couple hours or until is crush easily between your fingers.
- Drain off the water and it will last a couple days unrefrigerated or weeks/months refrigerated.
- If you can add other grains and bait and flavors to feed corn, but these will make it spoil faster.
Advantages of Using Feed Corn
- Small fish can’t steal it easily
- catches a lot of carp
Disadvantages of Feed Corn as a Carp Bait
- Catfish like it
- You can’t use it with PVA unless you add a PVA friendly liquid
- Not very nutritious for the carp
- Turtles will eat it