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Welcome to the latest Munch Baits blog, here with 4 top tips when fishing with Tiger Nuts… Tiger Nuts have been an industry phenomenon and dominated the carp fishing world for decades, however not everyone is confident when using them. Here’s a few simple tips that can change the way you approach fishing with Tiger Nuts…
Tip 1 – PVA Mesh Bags… Tiger Nuts are a very light bait in weight hence why, fishing for tricky old carp, they can be such a deadly edge. A slight issue with this however is that baiting subtly with them can be a nightmare! To get bait to a spot out in the water with boilies for example there are lots of methods: catapult, spodding, bait boats or hand throwing them, the issue with trying to spod Tiger Nuts is that sometimes on highly pressured waters fishing for wise carp can be put off by the noise, with hand throwing you can only get so far and bait boats are band on some lakes too. That leaves us with catapults, again due to their weight you may find it difficult to accurately bait an area with Tiger Nuts with a catapult, one way around this is to create small PVA mesh bags. About the size of a golf ball to increase the mass of the bait you’re catapulting to an area. It allows you to be incredibly accurate and gain range for your Tiger Nut baiting strategy.
Tip 2 – Fixing the Hair in Place… When using rigs that incorporate a Jumbo Tiger or Cream Tiger hook bait, majority of anglers opt for a supple hook link with a soft braided hair, for angling purposes this is ideal however when casting the rig to the spot you may find the hair is more susceptible to tangles. Here is a way round that, tie a small PVA mesh bag full of the crushed Tigers in Syrup. About the size of a fifty pence piece, thread it onto the hook link via a latched baiting needle. Next tease the PVA mesh bag down the hook link and bury the hook into the bag being careful not to mask the hook point on a crushed Tiger Nut, once the bag is in place, remove the hair stop holding your Tiger Nut hook bait on the hair. With a fine latched baiting needle, gentle go through a few strands of the mesh bag, latch the needle to the loop of the hair and tease the loop back through the strands of PVA mesh. Once this stage is complete reattach your hair stop and push the hook bait up against the hair stop. This will keep your hair in place through the flight of your cast and once the PVA melts you are left with a perfectly presented rig with a mouthful of attraction around your Tiger Nut hook bait.
Tip 3 – Stringers… Struggling to catch those wise old carp? Maybe its early Spring or late winter, bites are starting to occur but the fish are not quite the ravenous feeders they once were back in the autumn, being subtle with your angling can be devastating in these situations. The carp are not looking for piles of food to gorge themselves on, they are after a quick bit of easy grub. In these situations, a deadly approach is to use PVA tape and create a stringer of Tigers, four or five to attach to your rig prior to casting, this allows a small mouthful of attraction round the hook bait in one single cast to showing fish or to a spot you’ve found.
Tip 4 – Snowman your Tigers… A classic hook bait in a lot of angling especially, on the rivers to get away from smaller nuisance fish, is to double up on baits and create a Snowman presentation. Another perk to the Snowman set up is that it is often used in conjunction with a small Hi-Viz pop up to grab the carp’s attention as they cruise past, this can be achieved with the Tiger Nuts too! Try using and Jumbo in Cola Tiger Nut topped with a Cream Tiger presenting you with an extremely high attraction hook bait that stands out amongst the other free offerings. To take this hook bait option even further, core out the Jumbo Tiger with a bait drill – 4mm or 6mm – about three quarters of the way through, introduce a piece of matching diameter cork and attach it to the rig. This will add buoyancy to an already light hook bait meaning as the carp are feeding on the other free Tiger Nuts, they suck in at the same pressure, as they reach your hook bait the extra buoyancy will allow the bait to fly into the back of the carps mouth a lot faster than the free offerings.