Some people think it’s to do with their appearance as they look like small snails?
Some think it’s down to the taste which to be fair most defiantly has something to do with it, their roasted, nutty taste is amazing?
Some think it’s down to texture, which again I think is true to some extent as carp love the crunchy texture, maybe because of the association with eating some naturals?
I’ve even heard it sends carp crazy because it’s like Cannabis. Hemp is an entirely different strain of plant to Cannabis!
The reason I think it’s one of the best all-time baits and will never ‘blow’ is down to its nutritional value.
Hemp is one of the purest, most complete seeds available. No other single seed can compare with the nutritional value of hemp seeds. Hemp is a fantastic source of protein containing all of the Essential Amino Acids (EAAs) at a ratio which is very close to ‘complete’, which means pretty much all of a hemp seed can be digested and utilized without relying on any other independent factor to complete the nutritional spectrum.
Hemp also contains live enzymes, Essential Fatty Acids (EFA), vitamins, minerals, please see below a copied and pasted list of other benefits:
- High source of Protein with 47% Protein
- Contains all Amino Acids
- Contains all Essential Amino Acids
- Naturally Rich in Omega 3
- Contains high levels of Omega 3
- Source of GLA (Omega Gamma Linoleic Acid)
- Good Fibre Content
- 100% Plant Based Protein
One of nature’s super seeds!
I don’t like to boil my hemp, I rather prepare it in a slow cooker to maintain as much of the nutritional value as possible. Boiling hemp seed simply distresses any live enzymes and reduces the amino acid profile. I don’t add salt while preparing hemp as that will affect its splitting rate, if anything add it after, the slow cooker will also up the split rate quite considerably.
Dehulled hemp seeds is the whole hemp seed with the shell taken off, you can get it from most good health food shops. Ideal for adding into base mixes or just to add a different dimension to your ground baits.
Hemp protein is fantastic to include in base mixes, to be honest I don’t make a boilie without it, all year round. Its digestibility is second to none because it’s almost ‘complete’ within its own little spectrum. Additionally, Hemp protein contains very little oil content which makes it ideal for all year round use.
I also prefer Hemp protein to Fish protein because it doesn’t contain the dioxins and toxins often found in oily fish, making it a unique source of the long chain fatty acids.
Crushed hemp is exactly that, hemp seed that’s gone through the crusher. I like to soak crushed hemp before use, just to make sure it’s fully swollen and ready to go. The hemp shells are normally curved which trap any underwater current which not only helps ground bait break down, but they shoot all over the place while fish are feeding. The natural hemp oil is also instantly accessible with helps with immediate attraction.
Hemp oil is made from 100% hemp seed. Is an incredible addition to almost any bait. Being a light oil too makes it ideal to use this time of year. I don’t like mixing different oils, I think that mixing flavors can create blends/flavors that you have very little control over and feeding signals can just get confused. Who knows if fish will like your new concoction? I don’t get a lot of time on the bank so I like to play it safe, plus I don’t think you can improve on hemp oil so I don’t even try.
Hemp is a great all round, all year bait and any fish will not only benefit from eating it, but enjoy every mouthful.
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