Ken Townley uses a Haith's Baits

An Aladdin's Cave of carp bait 2014 - Part 3

The final installment of Opening the door to Aladdin's Cave 2014


Red Band

Anyone who has ever watched carp, tench or barbel attack a carpet of hempseed or groats will testify to the astonishing effectiveness of mass baits. Hempseed, oat groats, Red Band and Micro Complex are just four examples of our range of mass baits, all are intended to make feeding fish feel confident in the baited area. A confident fish is a catchable one and the whole idea behind mass baits is to instil the confidence that will lead the carp to make a mistake on the hookbait. In order to lower the carps’ guard it is necessary to promote aggressive and competitive feeding, and nothing achieves this better than mass baits.



We designed the ‘Reds’ specifically to fulfil several functions, not least to be used as a stand-alone Method Mix. This style of fishing is a mélange between the ideas behind paste baits and mass baits, as by combining the two concepts and concentrating the bait in one small area – around the Method Feeder – that all-important degree of feeding aggression and competition can be achieved. There is no need to grind down and of the ‘Reds’ if you wish to use it as a Method Mix, as it is perfectly suited to this type of fishing straight out of the bag.

Moisten SuperRed with water and add liquid attractors, then mold around a Method Feeder.

SuperRed fishing bait


There is not much we can say about tigers that has not already been said before, other than to tell you that our tiger nuts are selected especially for us so that we can offer the cream of the crop to our clients. Ground tiger nuts also form part of the recipe for SuperRed. One point we would like to make is that our tigers are best used as fresh as possible after boiling. The once popular trend of allowing ‘tiger slime’ to form has been shown, in our experience, to be a limiting factor in the effectiveness of tigers. Yes, this flies in the face of the perceived wisdom, but we do urge you to use our tiger nuts before they start to ferment and produce the slime. We are sure you will be astonished at the results!

Tiger Nuts
Use our tigers as fresh as possible.

Ground tiger nuts have a number of bait applications. For instance you can create boiled baits simply by mixing ground tiger nuts 50/50 with one of these specially selected boilie ingredients, namely Nectarblend, Red Factor and Softbill Food.


Red Factor for fishing


Ground tiger nuts can form part of a successful boiled bait base mix, as you can see here.

Alternatively why not make groundbait using any of our egg-based birdfoods. This is a dampened blend of Red Factor, Robin Red and ground tiger nuts.

You want to create a mix that is sticky to the touch, as this will help the mixture to blend.

Correctly prepared you can create delicious balls of carpy tiger-nut-based goodness ready to be fired out into the lake.

Once on the lakebed the baits will soften and breakdown and the ground tiger nuts start to give off their special and unique attraction.

For the most part my tests were successful!

Ken Townley
So there we are, a quick whiz around the latest goodies in our range. As I said at the beginning, fifteen years ago I coined the phrase, “An Aladdin’s Cave of Carp Baits”. As it was then so it is now…only bigger and better!

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Written by Ken Townley

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