Particles - Hemp
Hemp must be one of the most successful
and therefore most popular Particles available
today. It is an amazing fish attracter and can
give fantastic results to the carp angler. Hempseed
is a small black seed which is available in varying
sizes, the most common being about 2mm in diameter.
It is available both in its raw state and pre-prepared.
When prepared it swells up slightly. Hemp was
originally very popular with match anglers and
was renowned to be a great bait for roach. It
is now popular amongst most anglers for all species
and used not so much as a hook bait but mixed
with groundbait or in feeders or spods and used
in conjunction with larger hook baits.
There are several methods of preparing
the seed, the following is my personal method.
Tip the dry hemp into a container with a lid,
cover with cold water and seal the lid. Some anglers
add a tin of condensed milk at this stage, but
if you are fishing in late summer, beware, the
wasps love it. I speak from bitter experience.
Now leave to soak over night. Next transfer the
hemp and water into a pan and bring to the boil.
Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for about
15 minutes. Ensure the hemp is covered with water
at all times. When boiled, return the hemp and
water to the bucket and leave to stand for a few
hours, preferably overnight. It is now ready to
Hemp can be attached to a very
fine hair if you are careful, or to a blob of
Kryston Bogey on a hair. I prefer to use it as
a loose feed and fish a larger particle over a
bed of hemp. The rich oils given off from hemp
will attract the carp onto your bait and once
there, they will almost certainly get their heads
down and start sifting through it and hoovering
it up. Once feeding on hemp, they will stay in
the swim as long as there is a good supply of
it, and so continual feeding little and often
is the rule.