Maize and sweetcorn

This is the place to discuss the fishing baits.
User avatar
JerryC
Crucian Carp
Posts: 893
Joined: Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:07 am
Location: Nene Valley

Re: Maize and sweetcorn

Post by JerryC » Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:31 pm

Apparently the first known use of corn as a hook bait was with the Dresden anglers before the war.
If you understand what you’re doing, you’re not learning anything...........

Buller
Rudd
Posts: 329
Joined: Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:33 am

Re: Maize and sweetcorn

Post by Buller » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:29 am

Just as a matter of interest, how do you prepare the hook - a single kernel or a number pierced to cover the whole hook?

User avatar
Loop Erimder
Wild Carp
Posts: 9871
Joined: Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:33 pm
Location: Leicestershire

Re: Maize and sweetcorn

Post by Loop Erimder » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:38 am

Sometimes a single kernal, sometimes the smallest I can find. sometimes the biggest I can find sometimes 2 sometimes 3. Just depends. I always have a tin of sweetcorn inthe basket and I think there is a couple in the car too. Sometimes I use flavoured, sometimes red. For such a little basic bait theres lots of presentation ways
Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish

User avatar
Mike Wilson
Perch
Posts: 493
Joined: Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:09 am
Location: Hazlemere, High Wycombe, Bucks

Re: Maize and sweetcorn

Post by Mike Wilson » Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:22 pm

All sorts of people have made claims about the use of "Sweetcorn".
Without wishing to get involved in the claims and arguments I will detail the first mention and what is known in print.
Leslie P Thompson, in his book "Fishing in New England", 1200 copies, printed by the Chiswick Press 1955 but only sold in the USA makes reference that he first heard of Niblets Sweetcorn from a Polish angler.
His diary for 7th September 1935 makes the first [US] reference catching a carp of 11 1/2lbs from the Charles River at Dedham on corn and continues throughout his diaries.
He further went on to describe [and sketch] "The Hatch-Thompson corn carrier or ground baiter" which you would recognise today as a 'spod'.
As an aside he also made a baiting spoon [and used floating crust for carp fishing May 26th 1945].
This was published in the UK in the "Fishing Gazette" 30th March 1946.

Mike

User avatar
Julian
Salmon
Posts: 7389
Joined: Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:42 pm
Location: North Buckinghamshire

Re: Maize and sweetcorn

Post by Julian » Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:25 pm

Mike Wilson wrote:All sorts of people have made claims about the use of "Sweetcorn".
Without wishing to get involved in the claims and arguments I will detail the first mention and what is known in print.
Leslie P Thompson, in his book "Fishing in New England", 1200 copies, printed by the Chiswick Press 1955 but only sold in the USA makes reference that he first heard of Niblets Sweetcorn from a Polish angler.
His diary for 7th September 1935 makes the first [US] reference catching a carp of 11 1/2lbs from the Charles River at Dedham on corn and continues throughout his diaries.
He further went on to describe [and sketch] "The Hatch-Thompson corn carrier or ground baiter" which you would recognise today as a 'spod'.
As an aside he also made a baiting spoon [and used floating crust for carp fishing May 26th 1945].
This was published in the UK in the "Fishing Gazette" 30th March 1946.

Mike

Seems whatever someone thinks of as new in angling its been done before - usually a long time before
There is no peace on earth like the peace of fishing in the early mornings

User avatar
GarryProcter
Arctic Char
Posts: 1832
Joined: Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:48 pm
Location: Wilt Shire

Re: Maize and sweetcorn

Post by GarryProcter » Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:53 pm

Mike, I can confirm that the carp in the Charles River are still very partial to sweetcorn!

User avatar
Mike Wilson
Perch
Posts: 493
Joined: Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:09 am
Location: Hazlemere, High Wycombe, Bucks

Re: Maize and sweetcorn

Post by Mike Wilson » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:24 pm

Garry

I know you are correct as i have a few ex pat friends in the US of A who also find the same on the St Laurence [spelling?]. They pop on this site from time to time and might post.
Currently trying to convince some States the economic benefit of Catch and Return of carp which hitherto are known as trash fish. It will be an unhill struggle as they have to overcome years of history.
We will win in the end as money talks.

Mike

User avatar
GarryProcter
Arctic Char
Posts: 1832
Joined: Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:48 pm
Location: Wilt Shire

Re: Maize and sweetcorn

Post by GarryProcter » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:46 am

Mike - I worked in Cambridge Massachusetts from 2000-2006. Before we moved there I sold up most of my UK-style specialist tackle, anticipating a totally different type of fishing. Only to find the locals I befriended were mad about carp fishing! Apart from one or two they were pretty new 'converts' and so woudn't hear of doing anything else. Of course they craved boilies, but they were hard to come by then and sweetcorn and maize were better anyhow. The carping was good fun, but I did so much of it that since returning to the UK I find myself completely 'carped out'.

The Happy Angler

Re: Maize and sweetcorn

Post by The Happy Angler » Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:11 pm

ive used sweetcorn since i started fishing and have just starting ,or tring to cook Maize for hair rigs,not sure if cooking it right..im soaking it for 24 hours and then boiling for ten minutes...........any advice fellow Anglers :-)

User avatar
GarryProcter
Arctic Char
Posts: 1832
Joined: Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:48 pm
Location: Wilt Shire

Re: Maize and sweetcorn

Post by GarryProcter » Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:27 pm

Not used maize for ages, but I used to soak it for about 2 days, and then boil it for about 20-30 minutes. I kept fishing out a few grains to test their softness. I liked it so you could 'squish' the grains, but not too soft.

Post Reply

Return to “Traditional Fishing Bait”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest