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    Thumbs up Maize Preparation

    Hi guys, hope everyone is ok and enjoying the great weather.

    i found a supplier of cheap maize to help cut costs, i need some tips and advice on preparing it and other uses etc.

    Any help would be useful and i'm looking forward to a reply.

    Many Thanks (Y)

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    Soak it for at least 24 hours in salted water. I bring it to the boil, simmer for 5 minutes and then transfer everything to an air tight bucket where it finishs cooking. If you don't have an air tight bucket then simmer it for around 20 minutes or so.

    I've done well fishing some of the hot maize out before it goes into an air tight bucket and adding it to mistral's rosehip isotonic dip and leaving it to soak.

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    Steve,

    Soak for min 24hrs in enough water to cover the bait after it's soaked it up (keep an eye on it and top up if necessary), I add generous amounts of salt and sugar. Boil/simmer for 30 mins or so.

    Drain off, use the liquid to mix groundbait or soak other particles, allow to cool.

    Options, add CSL or sweetcorn oil after boiling.

    You can then bag up and freeze or use staight away.

    Very easy (and relatively wife friendly!) and a very good summer bait/loose feed.

    Stu


    Sorry Mol, you posted while I was typing!
    Last edited by stu_the_blank; 19-04-2011 at 13:22.

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    After cooking, bang in a full clove of crushed Garlic!

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    thanks for your replies guys may the gods of fishing be with you

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    An easy alternative is to put some in a flask and fill with boiling water. Ready in 12 hours. Make sure to leave enough room for the expansion of the maize.

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    Soak it overnight then simmer it until it turns soft. Then soak it for at least 10 days in a warmish place. You can add yeast, but the wild yeasts in the atmosphere will invade the maize and fermentation will take place. At this period use it on the hook hair rigged.

    I warn you the aroma and fumes from the mix might send you a little ga ga. No driving after preparing this stuff.

    But the fish, especially the carp will fight to get at it.

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    Indeed Ron, and Carp love the stuff and it is also an instant bait...

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    Fermented maize both whole and crushed is a well proven bait for carp in South Africa. I wrote an article in Carp World way back in 1996 about it's effectiveness and how it was prepared. A friend of mine once dumped 1/2 a ton of fermenting maize into Vaal Dam in an open weave sacks,

    The spot he dumped it was one of the best big carp swims in the area for years.

    Another fantastic groundbait is the black residue from the fermentation of African Sorghum beer. It don't half pong and carp as well as other fish go potty for it.

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    Ron's 'recipe' is the one that Fred J Taylor used. It is important that the maize sugars ferment, says Fred.

    Using salt would stop any fermentation taking place, as salt kills yeast.

    I think the best thing would be to leave the boiled maize out overnight to collect wild yeasts from the descending night air, as they do in the Lembeek valley in Belgium to make Lambic beers. These aren't technically yeasts, but they are still killed by salt. My time as a brewer makes me suspect that rather than boiling you would do better to hold the maize at 68 degrees C for three hours if you can manage it, to convert and release the maximum ammount of sugar from the maize

    The fumes given off are alcohol...you really don't want to breathe them in!

    According the Fred this bait is quite simply amazing for carp.
    The Indifferent Crucian.

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