Top Tips to Know About Fishing With Bread For Carp
Let’s face it. Fishing with bread for carp is an easy tactic that also carriers more perks than some other popular baits anglers use to catch carp around the world.
Bread is cheap, has more options than you or I can handle and it works 90% of the time.
When I say it works, it really does work! It’s as easy as that.
If you can find methods for keeping the bread on the hook, you’re going to be in good shape.
Of course, this requires a little preparation ahead of time. Not just in the means of preparing your bread or using your favorite additives or top-secret tricks to “juicing up your bread.”
More is involved which we will cover in depth.
I’m talking about the intangibles as well.
Things like stalking and finding a good area to fish for carp with bread is also key. Whether your fishing a pond, river or lake, bread can 100% work and work well for catching carp. If and only if you can prepare mentally and get a leg up on the carp from the get go.
Fishing with bread for carp is one of my top go-to methods. I also have always been a big fan of fishing for carp with corn which is a little more, old school than some of the new fishing techniques we see emerging as carp grow in popularity as a great sports fish that anglers target worldwide.
If you’re just beginning carp fishing, or don’t prefer bread as your best carp bait, you can always read my other blogs about the best baits for carp to try another method if bread just isn’t for you. More specifically, you can always check out my ultimate guide to carp fishing. It should give you a good head start learning the ropes.
I recommend at least giving it a try.
If you are however a fan of fishing with bread for carp than let’s break down how to do it effectively and get ready to hit the waters to go fishing with some nice sized bread balls!
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My Top Tips to Fishing With Bread For Carp
Main Points - It’s Easy, Cheap and it Works Fantastic
Depending on where you are located, you can get some bread for what about $1.50? This keeps us on the low end of price scale when it comes to carp fishing. Sweet corn is most likely the other cheapest bait that works with consistency when carp fishing.
It’s also incredibly easy depending on which method you choose to use the bread for. You can opt to just take two slices of bread with you in a Ziploc bag on your next carp fishing trip, or you can use a food processor to get a bit more advanced. Either way, it’s easy.
For the two slices of bread method, a #1 circle hook and a decent baitcasting reel is all you need and you can be reeling in carp simply by rolling it up with your fingers and fishing with bread balls. Easy as 1,2,3.
I don’t think anyone reading this can honestly say they have never caught one carp using bread. It’s just an easy bait to use, and it works.
I’m not saying every time. Just like any fishing, you will have some good days and some bad days. It’s what makes it a sport. If you’re a beginner to carp fishing, you just need to learn the ropes a bit, and it will get much more comfortable.
You can start with my post about top methods in general for catching carp.
If you can effectively scout a lovely downed tree in the water or any area with snags and vegetation, fishing with bread balls will work just fine.
Pro Tip: Scout your areas a bit before fishing for carp. Look for the fish near the snags or the shore.
Sometimes they can be tough to spot. A good pair of polarized sunglasses will help immensely in some circumstances but not all time depending on the water conditions.
You can look for…
- Shadows of the Fish Moving Around
- Tail fin Movement or a fanning tail
- Carp nearly surfaced near weeds and brush on sunny days
The bubbles in the Water
If you’re using the natural method and fishing with bread balls, you will be able to tell your chances of success early.
Once you toss your bread ball out gently near the downed trees or other brush, don’t only pay attention to your line or your cell phone.
Watch for additional movement. You may see the carp through the water begin coming out of cover or notice bubbles on the water surface.
This is a huge sign that you may have some luck. Of course, you could have bluegill messing around with the bread balls as well, but nonetheless, success is probably right around the corner.
Also, give it some time. Carp is not an instant catch. You need some patience and the willingness to move locations if your scouting report is telling you to do so.
How to Keep Bread on A Fishing Hook
How do you keep the bread on the fishing hook? The plain and simple answer would be, it depends on which method you are using fishing with bread for carp.
If you are using the most straightforward approach of just rolling the bread with your fingers into a ball and placing it on the #1 size circle hook, you won’t be keeping the bread on the fishing hook for very long.
You will need to rebait somewhat frequently which is perfectly fine.
Bluegill and other small species of fish will be all over the bread as well so reeling in to roll a new bread ball is not the end of the world.
It’s just how it is, and you can’t really avoid it using this method.
You do have alternatives however to fishing with bread for carp. Let’s discuss a few of those.
Bread Bags For Carp or PVA Bags
PVA bags are a newer technique for carp fishing. Well, maybe not new but it’s gaining in popularity quickly.
They work great. They just require more set up. You can find literally hundreds of different combinations of carp baits in a PVA bag. For the sake of this blog post, however, all we care about is fishing with bread.
How to Prepare Bread For Fishing
To do this, you’re going to want to liquidize your bread. You will need a
- Food Processor
- Bowl for the Bait
- And Of Course, the Bread
Here’s a quick way to get the process going for you.
- Place the bread in your food processor/ liquidizer
- Turn on your food processor. Let is process for about 60-75 Seconds
- Empty the Bread into your bowl
Repeat this process as many times as you would like to get the bread as fine as you need for your desired set up
You can then either use an old bottle sprayer filled with water or just simply get your hand wet and move it throughout your breadcrumbs to get the consistency you’re looking for.
Do You Need to Use Additives to The Breadcrumbs?
You don’t necessarily need to use additives for breadcrumbs to work but it certainly doesn’t hurt.
If you remember from some of my other blog posts, carp have very keen sight and smell. The carp’s senses are something to appeal to if you want to go the extra mile.
There’s no right or wrong way to do this. You can use basic food coloring if you’re only looking for some color and not scent.
Some prefer to really brighten up the bread as much as possible with colors that contrast well with the underwater environment.
Reds and bright Colors like pink can work well.
Something like GOO Wonder Berry or Bumble Berry could be a great solution. They have bright, vibrant colors that can make a big difference in the visual appearance of your bait.
How to Make Mashed Bread Ground Bait
This is another method you can use to fishing with bread for carp.
It’s slightly different than using the food processor method for breaking down the bread.
Mashed bread will have the same benefits of using the liquidized bread.
All you need to do is.
- Get a few loaves of bread.
- Keep the bread out until nearly 100% Stale
- Ball up the bread and place it in the bucket of water and leave for a few minutes
- Continue to add additional water until you have correct consistency.
- Go Fishing
The biggest thing to remember with all these baits and bread methods for carp fishing is the tightness and packing methods.
You don’t want the consistency ever to be too packed or tight.
You want the bread to be breaking through the water on its way down and dissolving nicely on the water bottom.
You can use other additives to the bread crumbs or mashed bread just like other methods of bread fishing.
You can also try to add paste or bran.
This mashed bread, in my opinion, is a bit more outdated and think the new technique is using the liquidizer.
The liquidizer I have found that it can create more fine particles of the bread that easily break and dissolve in the water which ultimately leads to more carp in your net!
Let’s Recap my Top Fishing with Bread Tips and How to Make Fish Bait with Bread.
Tip #1: Scout your areas for carp first before deciding where exactly you want to cast. You need to do a little homework fishing for carp whether you’re using bread or not.
Tip #2: A simple #1 Size Circle Hook works just fine for keeping rolled up bread balls on your hook. You will, however, need to check your bait often to ensure you have plenty to draw the carp in for feeding.
Tip #3: Choose your method of liquidizing or making your own mashed bread baits. Whichever you prefer.
Tip #4: Consider using additives and other methods to brighten up and add desirable scents to your bread bait.
Tip #5: Be Patient. Fishing for carp always requires patience. Continue to look for new spots with carp activity. Add fresh bait and if you have a decent inventory of additives or GOO juices, try different colors during your fishing trip.
Tip #6: Have fun. I always make to sure to use this is a tip on every blog post I do regarding carp fishing. It’s growing in popularity for a reason. They are fantastic fish to catch. They put up a hell of a fight. They do however require some patience and work to catch.
It’s not just cast and catches all day long each time you fish for carp.
Learn the skill and build up your knowledge on how carp really operate beneath the water surface for your best chance at success.
Are you ready to try fishing with bread for Carp? What’s holding you back?
My goal was to illustrate a nice, easy way to fish for carp with an easy inexpensive bait.
Anglers have been using bread for years to catch carp, but new techniques and methods are beginning to emerge as favorite tactics to target carp.
Carp are easy to catch with bread, but it’s not always going to be a slam dunk. Proper rigs and gear will go a long way. I have a full post dedicated to carp fishing gear, rigs and other tools that can help aid you in your carp fishing journey.
It wasn’t for me, and I doubt it will be one for you either. It takes some trial and error and certainly has a learning curve.
This doesn’t mean just to throw in the towel.
Take some time to learn the sport and develop. Once you find a bait that works, keep track of when and why it worked so you can continue to use the same additives and attractants to your bread bait and you can repeat your success each time you hit the waters.
Do you have any other fun methods for using bread for carp fishing to share with the readers?
Any luck or huge trophy carp off any bread or additives?
As always, I’d love to hear from all of you so be sure to drop a comment below.
I hope this blog aids you in catching more carp starting today