It never ceases to amaze me just how feverishly carp will gobble up sweetcorn. It is without a doubt, the single greatest carp bait and it’s no wonder it is often referred to as “The Golden Grain”. From above a bridge I watched a mix of commons and mirrors become instantly pre-occupied seeking out the small yellow kernels. It’s probable that none of their natural food sources look anything like sweetcorn and yet they don’t hesitate inhaling kernel after kernel. There was only one thing left to do, catch one. It didn’t take long before I was fighting a fish in the most awkward way possible. The fish ran below the bridge I stood on, my rod tip was pointed at the water. The fish came back upstream and once it ran out of beans, I was able to net it with a drop net I had procured for this exact situation. The commotion of netting the fish and then releasing it permanently spooked the rest of the fish away. It would be the last fish of the morning, but what an exciting morning it had been.
I spent the next week fishing with this image of their instant preoccupation with sweetcorn in mind. By using a small cage feeder, I am able get just a handful of freebies around my hookbait. Fully convinced in the power of sweetcorn, I assumed any carp in the proximity of the free offerings would not be able to resist. Sure enough, within 10 to 15 minutes of casting out I’d get a bite. After the first couple of fish I set some rules for myself: Cast out, wait 15 minutes - If no indication whatsoever, move.
I’ve bounced around like this for a few sessions now, taking minimal kit. A 6ft carp rod, a net, a landing mat and a few extra rigs. After my experience this week, I’ve become convinced this is one of the fastest ways to get a bite.
Switching it up sure seems to be making my summer more interesting and more productive than I had anticipated. If anything, it keeps this already awesome season moving in the right direction.
Till next time, may your hooklinks remain untangled!