The last six carp I have caught in the last few days have all been caught on the same bait- chick peas. In the photo at right is a near 20 lber. that I landed yesterday on a chick pea. This is a great substitute to use for corn when fishing trout stocked waters in RI and you can use them in other waters as well. When using chick peas (also called garbanzo beans), I generally use only one pea on the hair rig since they are much bigger than a kernel of corn and about the size of a 10 mm boilie.
If you want to try this bait, avoid buying the canned chick peas. They are way too mushy to use on the hair rig. You want to buy the dried ones. Here's how to prepare them. Boil some water in a pot. Once the water is boiling, toss in the amount of chick peas you want to prepare. Boil exactly 20 minutes and then take off the heat and let them cool. You can keep them for a while in the fridge until you use them. They may last upwards of a week when refrigerated.