What is the barley for fishing

Wheat fishing - a bait and particles with class

Wheat fishing? A bomb thing for decades! The grain looks back on a long tradition as hook bait and particles in feed. In times when the maggots still had to be bred yourself, the most attractive alternatives were ultimately very popular.

In modern times, wheat flies under the radar, but the bream, tench and carp still taste great! As always, you will find out in the report what I can tell you about fishing with wheat and the associated preparation. Have fun while reading!

Wheat combines many advantages when fishing - low price and long shelf life

When there is a large portion of wheat on my feeding ground, the tench and carp sing "a bed in the cornfield“While fishing. The grain is as popular among the non-ferrous fish as Jürgen Drewes' hits in the clubs on Mallorca. Wheat seems to have played only a subordinate role for the angler in recent years. Wrong, I think!

In modern times, grandpa's favorite grain has lost none of its appeal. On the contrary, after all, wheat has found its place in almost every spodmix. The carp angler swears by the attraction of the seeds, seeds and grains for his residence - in France the stippers are also completely in love with their grains!

Wheat is an essential part of the spod mix for many anglers

What makes wheat so valuable when fishing - it promotes digestion, has a great taste and therefore offers the fish great culinary delights when eating. The grain is not only a great ingredient for the spod mix, but also for the feed, whether for feeders or float fishing. Wheat can offer an angler:

  • cheap price
  • great availability
  • Easy to prepare
  • long durability
  • good absorption of aromas
  • Ideal as hook bait
  • strong odor after swelling
  • Ingredient in the feed
  • easy storage

Do you know another bait or particle * besides wheat that combines so many great properties for fishing or feeding? Not me! However, the grain has two decisive disadvantages: It has only a small proportion of proteins and no movement of its own on the hook.

For this reason, maggots, pinkies and worms are actually one step ahead of wheat when it comes to coarse fishing. The low price, the easy care and effortless storage successfully compensate for these disadvantages!

Spotmix and breeding of frequent template donors - Wheat catches fish species from A to Z while fishing

What does the breeder serve his carp in aquaculture if the fish are to achieve a level of stocking? Lots of grain! At most club ponds with good stocking, your chances of fishing increase as soon as the wheat is part of your strategy. After all, most farmed fish are familiar with the grains and seeds from childhood!

In the natural waters, on the other hand, carp anglers often do the valuable preparatory work with their Spod Mix * when feeding. The whitefish plunder these feeding places first and thus get used to the wheat, but also to the many other particles in the mix.

An industrial port can also be a Mecca for you to sit down with a wide variety of grains. Where the ships are loaded with wheat, hemp and barley, the big roaches are no accidental catch when fishing in winter! The big pikeperch and tadpole cavort at such spots, but only as a little bit of information.

From my own experience I can assure you: The coarse fish taste the wheat in most waters! In the past I was able to outsmart large tench in spring, but also fat bream or carp in autumn with this bait.

On a capricious day in summer, even the perch conquered my feeding place after feeding, because the wheat can apparently turn the smallest predators into the biggest sweet tooth when fishing! You can find the report here: Whitefish fishing on reeds with wheat.

The fairy tale of the carp bursting after being fed with wheat

Have you heard of this fairy tale of the carp bursting after being fed because the wheat bursts the stomach when it swells? This legend bravely lingers in the minds of some anglers!

The fact is: the carp has already digested the wheat before even one grain can reach its maximum volume when swelling. In breeding, no one pre-cooks the particles for the fish. Why? Because it is not necessary!

Prepare wheat before fishing - let it soak in water or boil in a thermos

If the electricity meter keeps turning its circles, then someone in this world is cooking their wheat again before fishing. But I have sworn off the hotplates just like the emancipation queen Alice Schwarzer!

I much prefer to use my thermos or the classic swelling of the wheat in cold water. The reason: I'm lazy and every euro saved can be invested in fishing equipment *!

Cooking wheat on the home stove not only eats up your money, but also your valuable time. You can count on a minimum of 60 minutes of cooking time if the grain has not been able to pre-soak in water for 24 hours.

This value naturally increases with the size of the saucepan and the amount of water and grains used. I would therefore like to introduce you to two alternative variants if you want to prepare your wheat comfortably before fishing!

Wheat from the thermos - prepare fresh bait overnight

I like cooking, or soaking the wheat, best in the thermos. You can compare the effort with the preparation of spaghetti! However, the grain needs a lead time of at least 12 hours in boiling water in order to achieve the softest possible consistency for the hook or for feeding. If you want to prepare your wheat in the thermos before fishing, you need these accessories:

  • the thermos
  • a kettle
  • the wheat
  • different spices
  • as well as various flavors

The preparation takes place in three simple steps. First you fill your pot a third (1/3) with wheat, then you can add any flavor of your choice. I recommend two tablespoons of curry, turmeric or aniseed. These spices go well with any bait or food! Then you add another third (2/3) of boiling water. The last third (3/3) in the thermos is unused.

This buffer is important because the wheat will reach its maximum volume as it swells overnight. If the thermos flask is filled to the stop, then your lid can actually say goodbye to the ceiling with a big bang because of the expansion. So stick to these instructions, because I write from experience. ✌?

After at least 12 hours in the hot water, the wheat has reached its perfect consistency for fishing or feeding. But if the grains are still too firm, the pressure lock or the insulation of your thermos could be inferior.

By the way: Some carp anglers also use a cool box * to swell the particles because of the larger volume compared to a thermos flask! Clever little guys, right? Is this how you prepare your wheat before fishing? Write it to me in the comments!

Let wheat soak before fishing - smell bomb after a few days

How does the fishing wheat smell after weeks of soaking in the bucket? Like fishing wheat that has swollen for weeks! I can't really think of a suitable comparison if I had to describe this sour smell that takes getting used to.

An Indian toilet and a vomit lunch could probably give the roughest direction. The animal aroma * of wheat after days of soaking is a real weapon when fishing!

The manufacturing process is even easier compared to the thermos, but it requires a little more time in planning. The wheat is left permanently covered by water for days before fishing.

A biological process called fermentation converts the starch in the grain into sugar. The wheat is not only softer, but also sweeter in taste. This accessory is required if the wheat is to be made in cold water before fishing:

  • a lockable container
  • enough water
  • some sugar
  • desired amount of wheat

The instructions are relatively short because the ingredients only have to be put in the bucket. A good serving of sugar or milk can even speed up the fermentation of fishing wheat. I would like to recommend a bucket with an airtight seal * because of the smell, but also the risk of vermin. If you let this soup ferment for days far away from any civilization (balcony is enough), the best wheat for fishing is created.

You should also regularly check the level of liquid when swelling, because the grain has to be covered with water. If the wheat is dry, it is quickly affected by mold. After a week, in summer even after a few days, the typical sour smell develops. A wheat with this aroma is unbeatable for fishing and is particularly popular with roach and carp!

Wheat as bait in coarse fishing - differences due to preparation

Once the wheat has reached the right consistency after preparation, it is also great as a bait for fishing. The consistency is good if you can press the grain between your fingers. I prefer a hook * with a long shank and medium-thick wire for using several grains of wheat at the same time. These hook sizes are a good average when fishing with the wheat bait:

  • 18 for one grain of wheat
  • 16 for two grains of wheat
  • 14 for three grains of wheat

The point of the hook should always remain free when baiting if the wheat from the thermos is used for fishing. Although the grains are relatively soft in consistency, they are quite unyielding on the wire. For example, if the wheat slips onto the tip of the hook, the first strike can miss the mark if the bite is hesitant.

This small problem only arises with all those grains that still have a solid core. There the starch has not yet fermented into sugar. With one strike, the somewhat firmer wheat therefore remains in its position and thus blocks the point of the hook due to incorrect baiting.

If the wheat was allowed to soak in the water for several weeks, a milky white and soft core forms. The baiting then takes place without any finesse! The white juice, on the other hand, smells strongly sour, tastes very sweet and thus acts like a natural dip *. With this aroma, the water of the tench and carp already converges in the mouth at a great distance from the feeding place!

Wheat from the thermos does not have this property, which is why the grain is prepared with a wide variety of spices before fishing. This small fine-tuning increases the catchability of the grains many times over and thus increases your chances in the raised hide.

I serve the wheat to my tench, carp or roach, but also on a hair when fishing. I use these assemblies, for example, for method feeders in winter. A single grain of wheat from the thermos can be offered on a bait tape.

In summer I often present my fish with a whole chain of grains over a bait needle * on their long hair. A real hit on grass carp. You will certainly discover many more fishing opportunities when the wheat accompanies you on your excursions. The grain offers an incredible scope for experiments!

Targeted feeding of wheat - possible uses in feed, baskets or ball makers

I would like to explain to you how I use my wheat for fishing with four simple examples. The instructions are short and crisp, but should give you enough inspiration for your sitting. Have fun trying!

I often use the wheat in conjunction with a feed spreader * for spike fishing or angle picking. The higher dead weight compared to the maggots or pinkies, for example, not only increases the accuracy, but also the noise when impacting after a shot. The acoustic stimulus of wheat can therefore lure the fish to the feeding place faster when fishing!
Wheat also plays an important role for me when it comes to feeders, for example when I want to outsmart the tench or carp when fishing. I then serve the grain to my fish via a so-called window feeder *. The housing can be filled almost completely with a wide variety of particles, so there is a small feeding place like when feeding with the Spod Mix.
Do you know what a so called ball maker is? This type of aid forms a praline from basic forage and wheat for feeding! The advantage: The food ball does not lose the bait when it is thrown or when it sinks. I use this strategy when fishing when the large coarse fish is to be caught with the wheat. If the ball rushes past the small rudds or roaches without a din, the bycatches are reduced dramatically. You can find a tactic on this subject in the report “Tench fishing in spring”!
On the smallest rivers, but also on the Elbe, I use wheat as a “loose feed” when fishing. With a hand throw I serve the fish the particles on the respective track and shortly afterwards my pose follows the current. This type of tactic is also suitable for hiking and exploring the ponds or lakes with the match rod *. Since I do not use basic forage with this technique, I feed the wheat with a hand toss every 5 minutes.

Price and storage of fishing wheat - cheapest particle

The wheat is also such a popular particle among anglers because its price does not tear a hole in the household budget. A whole 25 kilogram sack costs only 15 euros on average! If you have a feed mill on your doorstep, you can buy wheat for fishing even cheaper. I usually order a container from the Internet, this supply lasts for at least two years.

I store my wheat in a barrel with a screw cap to protect it from both moisture and vermin. You won't remove a gang of bacon beetles from your apartment so quickly! Well stored, the grain will last for many years without any loss of quality.

What is your experience of fishing with the wheat, do you use the grain in the spodmix, as an additive in feed or even as bait? Leave a comment for me and my readers because we are, as always, very interested in your opinion!

Sincerely, your 16 hook

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Christoph Heers

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Hello! My name is Christoph Heers and I am the person behind the 16 hook. I have been an angler since I was a child, grown up with many waters and always looking for new adventures. My mission - to share the experience with you! On my blog you will find a lot of strategies, tips and tricks about feeder, speck, angle picker and match fishing, but also infidelities for pike, eel, burbot or pikeperch!