Best Carp Baits for Winter

13 Proven Big Carp Baits

You can catch carp using pretty much anything.

Sweetcorn, pellets, boilies and bread are popular carp catching baits for many anglers.

Let’s explore 13 proven big carp baits that can increase your chances of landing that dream fish!


→ Bread → Boilies → Salt → Sweetcorn
→ Pellets → Hemp Seed → Maggots → Chick Peas
→ Liquids → Pop-ups → Imitation Baits → Tiger Nuts
→ Vitalin

1. Bread

Using bread for catchig carp


Bread has been used to catch carp for many years.

These days it’s best used on the surface, or as a breadcrumb in spod or PVA mix.

It’s cheap too.

Price: Around a £1

Varieties: Crusts, Crumbs, Use as a paste

Tip: Freeze leftover bread crusts and before your session, defrost, break up and pop in a blender for an instant breadcrumb base!

2. Sweetcorn

Using sweetcorn to catch carp

best value carp baitall year round bait

Who doesn’t carry a tin of this that can provide a quick bite or save a blank!

This bright yellow grain is well known for attracting carp – they absolutely love the stuff and we don’t know of a lake anywhere where the carp won’t eat it!

Price: 50p a tin/£1 a froze bag

Varieties: Tinned, Fake, 

Tip: Use corn to ‘tip’ your hook bait to add a speck of colour. Fake corn aids buoyancy too.

3. Boilies

Using boilies to catch carp

Boilies need no introduction at all……specially formulated to attract hungry carp.

Available in freezer or shelf life versions to give you the perfect storage solution.

There are a huge variety of colours, flavours and sizes.

Fancy learning how to make your own boilies at home?

Price: £7 per kg average

 4. Pellets

Using pellets to catch carp

Carp pellets are another bait that carp can’t get enough of.

You can buy slow sinking, floaters & are available in all sorts of sizes.

A good carp food because pellets can take a while to break down to give your swim an ideal longevity bait.

Price: £6 to £7 per kg

Varieties: Trout, Halibut, Flavoured, Expanders

Tip: When baiting with carp pellets, use varying sizes and types. This will create variety such as break down time, flavours and the size of carp to your swim.

5. Hemp Seed

Using hemp seed to catch carp

Spod Mix Bait

Hemp seed is known to be one of the finest carp attractors around.

A hugely successful oily ‘particle’ bait.

Great used in a spod mix.

Price: £6 per kg cooked/£4kg unprepared

Varieties: Crushed, Whole

Tip: Cooking hemp from home can save you money

6. Maggots

Using maggots to catch carp

great winter carp bait

Everyone knows what a maggot is and it’s long association with all type of fishing.

The smell, colour and movement provide the carp with an irresistible, tasty morsel!

Add a carp liquid attractant to boost the flavour!

Price: £3.50 a pint

Types: Dead, Alive, Frozen, Colours

Tip: In our opinion, maggots come into their own during the colder months

7. Chick Peas

Using chick peas to catch carp


Using chick peas to catch carp as part of a particle mix can be devastating.

Underwater, they look very natural and carp really enjoy feeding on them due to there sweet taste.

To prep, buy a packet from your local supermarket and soak them for between 12-24 hours. Bring to the boil, and they are ready! Simple.

Price: £1 per 500g

Types: Packet, Tinned

Tip: Boost them using an attractant such as marmite, bovril. Adding a colouring can also pay dividends.

8. Salt

Using salt to catch carp

Adding salt to your bait can really make a difference.

In the winter months, using salt (especially rock salt) when fishing a highly targeted area can really zone in on the carp.

You can add salt to a paste, particle mix or even sprinkle onto maggots an corn.

Price: £1.50 per 500g

Types: Table salt, rock salt

Tip: Filling a PVA bag with salt is often under used – but devastating! Use rock salt where possible.

9. Liquids

carp liquids

Boost your bait

Using carp liquid attractants can add an edge to your angling.

They can be trickled over a single hook bait or a bucket of spod mix to really boost flavour.

Price: £5 – £10

Types: Different types of consistencies, goo, colours, flavourings

Tip: Once you’ve filled a PVA bag with your bait of choice, pumping a liquid into the bag can really stir up your spot with all those lovely smells and colours that liquid attractors give.

10. Pop-ups

using pop ups to catch carp

high attraction carp bait

A Pop-up is a buoyant imitation bait in the form of a boilie.

They can produce bites all year round & they excel when used in & around weed or lily pads or above a spread of bait.

Because of the buoyancy, you can fish pop-ups at whatever depth you need.

Some pop-ups are super bright and highly scented -all great signals to alert wary carp.

Price: Around £6-£7

Types: Round, Dumbbells

Tip: In the winter, keep  a pop-up low to the lake bottom as the carp are slower and tend to swim in the depths.

11. Imitation Baits

using fake baits to catch carp

Imitation baits usually have some form of buoyancy added, which is generally why anglers use them.

You can easily add some colour or shape to your hookbait & experimenting with the various forms is vital to this.

Price: Around £2-£3

Types: Imitation corn, pellets & maggots

Tip: Imitation baits last much longer than traditional forms – so if you’re intending of leaving a rig out for hours, or days then  you should consider using them.

12. Tiger Nuts

using tiger nuts to catch carp


Tiger nuts are fantastic for catching carp.

If prepared right (see below) tiger nuts can really come into their own on lakes that contain nuisance fish, such as bream, because no other species of fish like them!

Some lakes still ban tiger nuts – because anglers were unsure on how to prepare them correctly.

How to prepare Tiger Nuts

First, soak them in water for 24 hours, then boil them for 30 mins.

After this, leave them in an air tight bucket for at least 48 hours – this will ‘slime’ them up and if kept air tight, will last you quite a while.

They can also be frozen after cooking if necessary.

Mixing an additive such as maple syrup. can really boost the attraction of tiger nuts.

Price: Around £5 for 250g

Types: Pre-prepared, raw

Tip: Floating a tiger nut on the surface during warmer months could nick you a bite or two!

13. Vitalin

vitalin for carp

For those who have never heard of Vitalin, it’s a mixture made from maize, bone meal and meat.

It’s not a hook bait as such, but in the same category as hemp seed .

It’s great used over the winter period either as a ground bait or made into balls.

To make a bucket of Vitalin up, just pour your dry mix in along with your other ingredients (any from this list really) add hot water and give it a good stir.

Quick & Simple.

Price: Around £7 for 2.5kg

Well, there you go….13 big carp baits that are sure to land you a few!

Other baits include:

Spices (chilli is a good one)
Luncheon Meat
Dog/Cat Biscuits

That concludes this article!

We hope we have given you food for thought and maybe you’ve discovered a bait from our list that you can try on your next fishing trip!


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Cheers – and lucky lines folks!


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