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14 minutes ago, Dezzy27 said:

Evening all. Thought I'd try out chickpeas instead of corn. Glad I did. Lovely 13lb mirror and a great scrap on light tackle. Rolled chickpeas in egg and cooked in oven to try firm them up, worked too a degree

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That sounds like just the sort of bait that Blue would use with his vintage tackle .

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Many years ago I used to fish a shallow, clear stretch of river for barbel and after a while, they started to treat sweetcorn with suspicion. I switched to chick peas and then used just about any tin of bean or pea I could find and they all caught! Some of them were a bit bland but any flavouring perks them up and don't forgot the old classic of black eye peas simmered in oxtail soup.

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We used to use chick peas soaked in whiskey! The carp went mad for them, the club wasn’t happy about whiskey in baits, then nash released the whiskey boilies which were just as good for a while. So many people used it as an additive that they wised up after a season or two. 

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Chick peas are a good bait. Catapult fairly well. 

You don't want them too soft, just soaked for 24hour, then boil til if you squeeze they split. You can use tinned as well. 

If you want to flavour or colour them, add the flavour in while soaking, go with a spice flavour like cinnamon, aniseed or 5drops of is-eugenol. 

 

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