Although some excellent packaged boilies are available to anglers, homemade baits can be as potent as any popular readymade bait.
Indeed, there has been a significant revival in big fish catches caught on unique homemade baits during the last decade. It is a massive shame that thousands more magazine advertorial-conditioned anglers have not yet discovered this fact.
Fish eat less food in wintertime. Fish fed too much feed in winter often have digestive issues and other problems. Using less bait is the best technique; otherwise, you will spoil your chances.
It would help if you hardly used any bait during cold months at all. Otherwise, fish will get “clogged up”. In winter fishing, this is a situation that is not ideal when keeping fish feeding is your primary goal to increase your catch chances.
Having said this, you can use as much bait in the wintertime as in summer at various times during the winter and spring. However, what bait and the substances it contains and how you use it is critical, along with methods of action of your bait. How many eggs can you eat, I wonder? I ask this to show you that many prepared baits are mainly bound using eggs, and just this one factor can be enough to satiate fish and drastically reduce your chances of catches.
Eggs or egg albumin are not ideal bait substances for maximum low water temperature feeding and catch optimization. To emphasize the point a little more, eggs also contain digestion inhibitive factors. If you like egg baits because they are convenient, then carry on enjoying wasting hours and hours in cold water situations!
Bird food baits are a great winter option, as they are digested more easily by carp in winter is because they are relatively soluble. But contrary to this, solubility does not always equate to better digestibility. The truth is that baits full of absorbable 2 and 3 peptide chain-rich substances can pass almost directly through the carp gut wall and be assimilated with the absolute minimum of energy used.
In winter, the primary internal role of fish like carp is to conserve energy. This means that baits with long protein structures take the most energy of all foods to digest and assimilate.
Therefore, we could rightly state that bird-based food baits are more effective in terms of digestion because they are low in protein and take far less energy for fish to digest than conventional recipe higher protein baits. In cold water, fish will take much longer to digest a packaged boilie that is higher in protein content than low protein bait.
The faster a bait passes through the fish, particularly in low water temperatures, the more chances you will have to maximise your catches.
In winter, every single ingredient that comprises a bait that increases metabolism speeds up digestion and maximizes the efficient release of cellular energy will catch you potentially more fish than baits not optimised in numerous ways like this on multiple levels.
Winter bait success is not just down to solubility, and to state that solubility is the main factor is somewhat misguided.
Many anglers still use their traditional warm water baits all year round without a second thought. This is not wise, as prepared baits are not optimised and maximised for cold water circumstances when carp enzyme activity and overall metabolism are at their lowest, which means the fishermen are probably wasting most of their time.
There are far more effective bait formats than egg-sealed heated baits. In fact, there are far superior baits you can make at home that will beat maggots and other live baits. We might add that every boilie on the planet is a defective bait format when it comes to cold water, and we aim this statement at every single egg-sealed readymade bait.