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Hemp Seed for Fishing

Hemp Seed is the number one best selling seed bait in our catalogue, and with good reason: there’s simply not a freshwater fish that swims that can resist it! However, believe it or not it is possible to boost the immense attraction given off by hemp seed still further… (see below).

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Hemp Seed is the number one best selling seed bait in our catalogue, and with good reason: there’s simply not a freshwater fish that swims that can resist it! However, believe it or not it is possible to boost the immense attraction given off by hemp seed still further… During the preparation stage, add dried crushed chillies (flakes) to the hempseed prior to adding the water. Add a heaped teaspoonful for every kilo – dry weight – of seed. Cover with water and soak for 12-24 hours, then bring the seed to the boil in the water in which it has been soaking. Simmer until the seed starts to split then drain off the water and use straight away. Smelly Hemp: Prepare the hempseed as normal by simmering until the husks split open showing their white insides (this takes between 40-45 minutes). Once it is ready drain off all the water and turn the still-hot seed into a large bucket. Quickly add 24 drops of Black Pepper Essential Oil and 12 drops of N-Butyric acid. Immediately seal the bucket and shake it well so that each seed receives a coating of the two attractors. NB. Hold the lid on tight while you do this! When the hemp has cooled it is ready to be used or stored. Easy Hemp: ¾ fill a good quality freezer box with hempseed. Add boiling water so that the seeds are just covered and replace the lid, ensuring that it is a good seal. Leave the hempseed to steep in the boiled water for 24 hours and it will be ready to use. Just prior to use, add two tablespoons of salt. . Blended Hemp: Mix together equal amounts of Red Band, Hemp seed and Mini-Maize. Add boiling water and soak the blend for 24 hours. Then place in a suitable saucepan or boiler and bring to the boil. Simmer until the hempseed is ready, by which time the Red Band and mini-maize will have become very soft as they will absorb much of the boiling water. The blend is now ready to use.

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Hemp Seed is the number one best selling seed bait in our catalogue, and with good reason: there’s simply not a freshwater fish that swims that can resist it! However, believe it or not it is possible to boost the immense attraction given off by hemp seed still further… (see below).

How to prepare hemp for fishing

Hemp seed is loved by all course fish and is powerful fish attractor. To make dry hemp seeds safe for fish to eat, they must first be soaked and cooked. There are several ways to prepare hemp for fishing, but I prefer to stew mine as follows.

Prepare hemp for fishing

  1. Cover the dry seeds in cold water and leave to soak for 24 hours.
  2. The next day, put the seeds along with the water into a pan. Simmer them for 20 to 40 minutes until the kernels split, showing the white interior.
  3. When ready, douse the seeds in cold water to halt the cooking process.
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Quantity to cook

Hemp seeds only expand by about 10% when cooked, a pint of dry seeds will result in just over a pint of prepared bait. It’s worth preparing several pints at a time, then bag up and freeze some for later trips.

It’s difficult to recommend how much hemp you should take fishing, but a pint is a good starting point. More than a pint may be needed in the summer, but come the winter half a pint could be too much.

Hemp for the hook

If you intend using hemp on the hook, pick out a few dozen seeds that have begun to split, but are not yet fully opened. Mount the bait by either pressing the bend of the hook into the split, or by piercing the back of the seed with a pin, then passing the hook through and out of the split. Either way, make sure the hard shell of the seed does not cover the hook point. An easier complimentary hookbait to use with hemp are tares. Tares look similar to hemp, but have a soft skin once cooked making them easy to hook.

Hemp as feed

Hemp is an outstanding loose-feed that I believe works best on rivers and natural waters. It’s easy to handle, it can be thrown, catapulted or added to groundbait and is not at all messy. Hemp can be mixed with and compliment small baits like casters, corn and cubes of meat.

Additives

Not quite an additive, but a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda added to the water when stewing will make the hemp darker in colour. Chili powder, turmeric or perhaps a favourite glug can be added to cooked hemp, or you can do as I do and use it as it is.

Conclusion

Preparing hemp for fishing is easy, just soak and simmer. Hemp is available from tackle shops, feed merchants and on-line. It’s an excellent loose-feed which fish find very attractive. Individual seeds can be used on the hook, but most anglers prefer to use more convenient hookbait such as tares, caster, maggots, or corn. A little time spent stinking the house out to prepare hemp is a small price to pay for such a potent fish attractor.

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10th February 2020 By Richard Blackburn 3 Comments Filed Under: How to Tagged With: Bait

Hemp seed is loved by all course fish and is powerful fish attractor. Preparing hemp for fishing is easy. It’s an excellent bait, fish find very attractive. ]]>