Carp fishing can seem simple with the right hookbait. An effective hookbait stands out from ground bait and releases a good amount of attraction to entice the fish to your baited area.
Hookbaits have a higher seasoning content than standard boilies, so they are more appealing to fish. At British Baits, we stock a range of hookbaits from Urban Baits, the UK’s leading bait manufacturer that has been thoroughly field-tested in lakes around the UK and consistently produces results.
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At Urban Baits we make our Air-ball pop-ups using a blend of fresh milk proteins. The milk proteins we use give the baits a nice texture and also send out food signals to the carp. The mix is completed by adding a buoyancy aid to create the pop-up effect. The baits are then rolled and […]
The meshed Cork Ball pop-ups have been brought into the range to give the angler total confidence when leaving a hook-bait out for long periods of time. Each bait is hand rolled with top quality ingredients and attractors, every one is meshed by hand making them a very unique product. Cork ball pop-ups are a […]
The meshed Cork Ball pop-ups have been brought into the range to give the angler total confidence when leaving a hook-bait out for long periods of time. Each bait is hand rolled with top quality ingredients and attractors, every-one is meshed by hand making them a very unique product. Cork ball pop-ups are a must […]
Our meshed cork ball pop ups have been brought into the Nutcracker range to give you, the angler, total confidence when leaving a hook-bait out for long periods of time. Each bait is hand rolled with top quality ingredients and attractors.
The fully loaded natural washed out range is based on the reality that our baits are generally being eaten once they have been in the lake for some time which quickly washes out the Urban bottom baits making it more natural for the fish on approaching. The pop ups are loaded with lots of special […]
Over the past few years many of the Urban bait anglers have been asking for the fluoro white pop ups, well here they are fully loaded with special attractors!! All of our air ball pop ups are made using a special mix of milk proteins with an added buoyancy aid to keep up the heaviest […]
Introducing the Fully Loaded Barrel Wafters, these critically balanced barrel shaped wafters are designed to counteract the weight of your rig perfectly to lure the wariest of specimens. The barrel shape makes it more difficult for the fish to eject as with standard barrel style baits but the added buoyancy also make these cunningly designed hookbaits behave more like free offerings.
Hookbaits come in different configurations, colours, and sizes. The size best for medium size carp fishing is between 12mm and 18mm in diameter. Hookbait is usually made in ball or barrel form. There is no “best” hookbait; each fisherman has inclinations for the type to use depending on learned experiences and circumstances.
Anglers often use regular boilies as “free” bait to build carp’s confidence and then hookbait with the same flavour to catch the fish. Because they are used to and trust the flavour, the fish will take the hookbait.
However, you can use hookbait without boilies. Some anglers don’t think casting a solitary hookbait without free bait is worthwhile, as they don’t think the fish will find a single piece of bait in a large volume of water. But many fish are caught using a single hookbait, so it is just a case of trying both methods and seeing what works best for you.
To improve your chances with a hookbait, use a flavour that interests the fish’s sensory system. Fish have a powerful sense of smell, and the aroma of the bait affects your prospects, so pick an intensely flavoured hookbait. It doesn’t matter if it is fishy, sweet, or savoury, as long as it gives out plenty of attraction.
Fish are attracted by colours and are more likely to see and be curious by brightly coloured bait. Various colours will be more obvious fish at different times of the day. Therefore, it is best to try various colours and if you don’t see any movement, change them. Through trial and error, you will recognise which colours work best and when.
A curious fish will investigate hookbait, but often one investigation is enough for a catch. Unlike free bait, hookbait is not intended to be eaten in large quantities, so you can add a higher dose of attraction to hookbait. Using a glug on your bait will heighten the appeal of a single hookbait and put out an instant feed signal through the water.
Making your hookbait as appealing as possible will give you a significant advantage, but you also must get the bait as close as possible to the catch. Carp don’t move much when the water is cold, so cast in other directions if you see periods without any action. If a fish shows itself, don’t pause and cast immediately, you could be lucky enough to get a bite.
Thanks to proven results, ease of storage, and an affordable price, Urban Bait hookbait is frequently used by anglers throughout the UK, and as Urban Bait Stockists, we recommend you always include some hookbait in your fishing tackle.
Hookbaits are suitable for both short-term and extended fishing sessions.