This has been a hot week of carp fishing for me here in RI. I landed several fish in the twenties and others in the high teens along with a "probable" 30 lber. The common thread here is that all of these fish were taken on chick peas. Chick peas or garbanzo beans are terrific carp baits to use. I especially like to use these in the Blackstone River where the use of corn is prohibited.
1. Buying- You should buy these in a dried state. They can be purchased in most supermarkets in the dried bean section. A one pound bag is about three bucks.
2. Preparing- Boil water in a pan first. Once the water is boiling, add about a handful of chick peas. Boil exactly 20 minutes and then take off the heat and cool. Store in a container with water in it.
3. Fishing them- I like to fish these on a hair rig, although I believe you can pass a hook through them. I like to use one chick pea on a hair rig, but I have also fished two chick peas on a longer hair. You can also chum these in places where chumming is legal.