High protein fish meal baits catch big catfish and carp, period! But there is far more to making these baits get the results you dream of in winter, spring, summer and autumn! Both big catfish and carp respond to fish oils partly because they are rich in powerful nutritionally stimulating fish feeding triggers. Use these baits right and you will catch big fish as consistently as you like. Find out how!
Fish oils and other fatty acids provide over twice the energy in kilocalories than carbohydrates or proteins and are vitally important stimulating high energy sources in fishing baits.
Fish meal baits often contain a high level of fish oil in the meals used and adding excessive fish oils can lead to unhealthy fat accumulation around vital energy and metabolic area such as the heart and liver and reduce their functioning potential.
Fish oils in baits provide a ‘protein-sparing’ effect allowing valuable protein (nitrogen and amino acids and peptides etc) to be fully utilised for fish growth and repair; not wasted as energy.
Fish meal ingredients in combination with fish oils in fishing baits when consistently applied to a fishery can really produce fish with high growth rates!
Some fishmeal products are comparatively indigestible having a relatively lower biological value compared to others especially compared to ‘low-temperature’ treated fish meals.
Some fish meals are very high in oils and some are much lower (total oils content in fishing baits is recommended to not exceed 5 to 7 percent over all; much depends upon the analysis list from the manufacturers and any other oily ingredients used like crustacean meals.)
Fish meals contain many other lesser know but extremely effective, potent ‘true fish feeding triggers’ other than just amino acids and fatty acids. (Which induce bait ingestion; not simply inciting search and location and initial ‘testing’ behaviours.)
Many fish oils have hidden potent antioxidant effects which boost their fish stimulation and bait attraction and metabolism and resulting energy levels in fish.
Fish oils are fatty acids which are proven fish feeding stimulators.
Fatty acids (oils,) from fish sources and vegetable sources when combined, produce a more balanced fish food and energy source.
Fish oils are potent anti-inflammatory substances which in fish physiological, energy efficiency and metabolism rates are highly beneficial when used in fishing baits.
Some fish meals are finer than others and processing varies between plants and fish meal types from different fish.
Many species of fish used as fish meal products, are either a trawler ‘by-catch’ or bye-products of fish processing like many poultry products also rich in many similar fish nutrients and stimulants etc, (others are caught specifically for use as fertilisers or as animal foods.)
Some of the most well-proven and nutritionally stimulating fish meals are composed of small fish high in oil and with many bones and are rich in phosphate and calcium among other essentials for fish.
Smaller oily bony fish which are popular in fishing baits or as fishing baits include: Herrings, mackerels, menhaden, sardines, anchovies, sprats, pilchards, sand eels, smelts (capelins) shads and horse mackerels etc.
Adding fish meal to baits containing other ingredients add palatability, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, proteins and soluble proteins among other things.
The salts in fish meal baits act as taste enhancers for other ingredients and flavours and ‘potentiates’ the taste and effects perception of amino acids and other substances in fish receptors used to ‘detect’ food.
Adding fish meals can improve the digestibility and biologically valuable and stimulatory nutritional profile of other baits, especially popular carbohydrate ones like carp baits based initially on soya flour and semolina for example.
Often carp are caught on small fish ‘live baits’ meant for predatory fish and demonstrates they have a predatory side to them in certain conditions, (I’ve also caught carp which coughed-up live fish fry in the net!)
Dead baits for pike, eels, zander, catfish and others predators and scavenging fish have a record of catching carp and fish chunks used on a hair-rig are a well proven bait for many species of fish, but is comparatively rarely used.
Mass baiting using ‘mass free baiting with herring chunks and fishing a different bait above such an ‘alternative’ bed of bait has resulted in some great catches of many species for me including big tench of around 10 pounds!
The very popular ‘Marine halibut pellets’ are both high in rich nutritionally stimulating oils, but also in enzyme treated highly soluble and digestible fish proteins.
Too much use of high fish oil baits like halibut pellets and ‘fish oil-glugged’ fish meal baits, can lead to vitamin E deficiency in fish.
Fisheries where high oil pellets are used predominantly can end up with many fish with vitamin E deficiency.
Wheat germ oil and cod liver oil are extremely rich in vitamin E which is one of the most potent antioxidant vitamins as is ascorbic acid (vitamin C) which is also essential to fish, (Both are beneficial in not just fishmeal baits!)
Fish oils and others can ‘oxidise’ and go rancid when warmed-up, or when stored past their recommended use by dates. (So store your oils in the fridge!)
Enzyme-treated fish protein called ‘LO30′ can be in both powdered and liquid form and have ‘hygroscopic’ (water attracting and absorbing) properties.
The ability of a bait to hydrate efficiently in water both enables it to open up and release triggers and attractors, but prepares it better for fish digestion as fish food ideally needs to be initially hydrated.
Fish meal and their derived ingredients are about the closest to the most suitable natural highly digestible biological nutritional value food, to provide add nutritionally stimulating fishing baits.
Fish meals great nutritional profile and attraction can be incorporated at any levels in any other fishing bait whether hook baits or ground baits, base mixes or ‘PVA’ bag and ‘stick’ mixes, method mixes, pastes or dough baits.
The author has many more fishing and bait ‘edges.’ Just one could impact on your catches!
By Tim Richardson.