Last updated on October 21st, 2020 at 10:48 am

Learn How to Prepare Tiger Nuts for Carp Fishing

When compared to boilie, which are much more colforful and pungent, Tiger nuts appear much less appealing. When near the bottom of the lake, Tiger nuts seems pretty dull and emit little odor.

So, why do carp love these things so much?

In this article, we discuss some of the reasons that Tiger nuts are some of the best bait for carp and most importantly, how to prepare tiger nuts for Carp fishing. Read on to learn more!

What are Tiger Nuts?

Tiger nuts are a popular bait for carp fishing. Their uniquly sugary taste seems to attract carp like no other bait. Ideally, tiger nuts are prepared within just a few weeks before the trip to maintain freshness.

With that said, due to the way they are prepared (which we’ll get to shortly), they can last up to several months. Many anglers prefer to leave the tiger nuts soaking during the weeks leading up their trip. This allows the fermentation process to being, maximizing the potency of the tiger nut.

If your body of water allows them, you should definitely give tiger nuts a try. They are second to none when it comes to catching the biggest carp.

Read on to learn about our simple, effective method for preparing tiger nuts!

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The Best Way to Prepare Tiger Nut Hookbait for Carp Fishing

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Step 1: Place uncooked Tiger nuts into a bucket or sealable container.

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Step 2: Fill container with water until the Tiger nuts are completely submerged. Cover the container and let the nuts soak out of direct sunlight for at least 24 hours. We recommend 36 hours. 

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Step 3: After the nuts have soaked, pour them all into a large pan for boiling. Bring the nuts and water to a boil and continue to cook for 45 minutes. Be sure to check the water level periodically to ensure the nuts stay completely submerged.

Tip: Add a bit of sugar or molasses here to help with fermentation

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Step 4: Allow the tiger nuts to cool. Either move them back to the original container (including the liquid) or leave them covered in the pan for another 24-48 hours. Ideally, you want the liquid to thicken due to the fermentation process. 

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Step 5: Drain the liquid from the tiger nuts into a plastic bottle. Freeze this for next time. The sugary liquid will make your next batch even better! 

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Step 6: Pick out the best nuts for hookbaits. Look for a good mix of sizes. Evenly shaped bait is best. 

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Step 7: For top notch hookbait, give the nuts a few sprays with some Berkley Gulp! bait spray. Finish them with a healthy dusting of Betaine powder to create the ultimate tiger nut hookbait.

In Summary – How to Use Tiger Nuts for Carp Fishing

The longer you let your nuts soak, the better! Preparing your tiger nut bait this way is affordable and will be TONS more effective than the store bought stuff. This is all thanks to the process above which allows the Tiger nuts to soak and ferment in their own juices.

Hopefully this guide did a good job of explaining how to prepare tiger nuts for carp fishing. Now, go catch the big one!