Oats Pack Bait How To for Carp Fishing
In this article I will show you how to make an oats pack bait for carp fishing. Following the simple steps can give you a bait that is cost effective and will catch you lots of fish. This year marks my 10th year anniversary of carp fishing. Even though I have fished since the age of 3-4 it was not until 10 years ago that carp fishing peaked my interests. After landing that first carp I was hooked and even though I still fish for other species carp has become 90% of my fishing now.
With the above said whether you are a beginner to carp fishing or an experienced angler catching fish does not always have to require spending a lot of money. When I first started carp fishing I was introduced to oats pack bait. The basic concept of it was to take old fashioned oats and mix with cream corn and you were done! It was super easy and cost effective to make. You could add various flavors and ingredients if you chose to do so but even plain oats pack would prove effective.
There are so many various ways to make oats pack for carp fishing. You can take the standard mix which I will share below and make them before leaving to go fishing. You can do what I did and make small fresh batches at the lake. Not only do you save on the cost of bait used but since you are making small batches there is no waste at the end of the session if you did not use a lot.
Chumming with Oats Pack Bait
The big key feature in how to make oats pack in small batches is they will break down differently. With oats that are made fresh each individual oat will break apart from the pack even when well compressed. Not only does this make it much more like a particle but will hold fish longer as they have to eat each individual oat instead of clumps of bait. Also since they break off individually other fish such as bluegill, perch and other small species of fish will eat them. What this does is attract the carp in very quick as a feeding frenzy is going on with the other fish. This lowers the guard of the carp and usually will race in to get a free meal also. This results in some fast action over time as you cast out more and more. Also chumming oats pack bait in individual balls is great as you can catapult them over 100 yards easily sometimes 150 yards if you are really good.
Also over the years I went from store bought oats to Hansen Mueller Oats found in a lot of feed stores. They come in 50lb bags and are usually around $18 or maybe a little more depending on your area. These are a little thicker so you need a little more cream corn to get the desired consistency. Also you have to work them with your hands a little more to release the gluten which will make it sticky and hold together nicely.
When it comes to presenting oats pack bait a lot of the pay lake fisherman will mold the oats around the hook. When it comes to a more euro style approach it is almost essential to pack it around the lead as it will cast a ton better. Also as it breaks it leaves a nice ball around the hook bait as it spreads on the bottom.
As far as hook baits go the choices are endless. A lot of anglers may use corn. My preferences has always been tiger nuts as the sweet tiger nut matches the sweet oats pack. Oats are an awesome pack year round even though some will say they are seasonal. I have caught during every season on them and learning how to get them to pack correctly is essential in having success. I have included a video below showing how to make them and also how to adjust them if they are too wet or too dry.
The ingredient list is as follows for the standard oats pack recipe.
- One tub of Old Fashioned Oats (42 oz)
- One can of cream style corn (any brand is fine)
- One capful of flavor ( I like using CC Moore Pineapple or Scopex) Products can be found here http://www.bigcarptackle.com/cc-moore-ultra-essence-flavors-100-ml
- One tablespoon of maize/corn flour
Hope you enjoyed the article on oats pack bait. Whether you are a new angler or a seasoned veteran this pack can surely put a lot of fish in the net for you. Until next time have a fun time out fishing! Brian Wingard
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