Fishing With Chilli Powder And Chilli Oil In Your Baits

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Have you ever heard of fishing with chilli powder or oil? You might have tried it before or you might be wondering if fish even like chilli as a fishing attractant.

You might be surprised to hear that anglers have been adding spices like chilli into their baits for over 40 years, and there must be a reason why, so let’s take a detailed look from an angler’s viewpoint. 

Join me as we take a dive into fishing with chilli and discuss everything from whether fish like it, if so why, and how to use it while you’re fishing. 

Do Fish Like Chilli Powder? 

Chilli powder and dry chilies makes a great fishing bait addtive

Yes, oddly enough, fish do like chilli powder. Well, maybe not all fish but the fish anglers target while coarse fishing such are carp and tench really do like it. 

You might be surprised to hear that fish like chilli powder, in fact, they actually like quite a large range of spices but why? Well, what is one of the first tactics you employ to get fish coming to your bait? Having a bait that smells enough to attract them is a key part of fishing! 

When you add chilli to your bait, it gives off an aroma, taste, and colour that fish love and it draws them to your bait a lot more quickly than using it without chilli. 

You might be surprised to hear that fish actually have a very complex palette and their taste system which includes the roof of their mouth, gill arches, barbels, and taste buds all place a major part. 

Their taste buds are covered in tiny sensors that differentiate between sweet, salt, sour, and bitter tastes. 

The things that make fish investigate a bait are smell, taste, and colour. Therefore when they smell a cloud of chilli in the water, see the red colour, and then taste it, they are ready to strap their feed bag on! 

You might be interested to learn that carp have a sense of smell that is 1000 times stronger than a dog’s sense of smell. This means that carp can quickly pick up a scent although it does take longer for the smell to diffuse through water than it does through the air. 

How Do You Use Chilli Powder In Fishing Baits? 

Luncheon meat can be bought in a spicy chilli version, but adding your own chilli powder to meat is a better and more versatile option

The most common way of using chilli powder in your baits is by adding ground powder as an additive to a premade mixture of bait. 

The chilli powder will then mix well with the moisture of your bait mix and with a dash of water will infuse your bait with the taste, aroma, and colour of the chilli powder. 

You don’t always have to use chilli powder as the other option is to make a liquid paste by adding the chilli powder to some water. You can then add your bait like sweetcorn or maggots to the paste and soak it overnight or stir it into your boilies and ground baits.  

How To Fish With Chilli Powder

In all honesty, chilli is probably the most popular spice that coarse anglers use, and yes they do use other spices too. 

Chilli powder is proven and will attract fish very effectively. You can use it for carp, chub, perch, bream, roach, and even barbel too. 

When using chilli powder you should add the powder directly to your groundbaits, boilie mixes, stick mixes, particle mixes, and spod mixes and stir it up. You can also add a little touch of water to ensure it’s mixed in properly and the aromas transfer well. 

You can use chilli powder in your baits all year round as it is just as effective at attracting fish and getting them to eat in winter as well as in summer. 

Adding Chilli On Your Hookbaits

When it comes to adding chilli powder to your hook bait, first mix the powder with warm water and stir it well. Once you have made a paste out of it, add your bait such as sweetcorn and hemp to the mix and let it soak overnight. The long soak will give the bait time to absorb all of the chilli’s fish-attracting abilities. 

One excellent tactic for catching carp and barbel is soaking luncheon meat in chilli, both of these species seem to love the taste of some spicy meat.

Chilli on your meat baits such as luncheon meat or hot dogs can also make a big difference to your catch rate. Simply cut up your meats to the size you place on the hook, place them in your bait box, and add a teaspoon or so of chilli and leave overnight before you go fishing.

Adding chilli to maggots, again for several hours to allow the flavour to penetrate their skins will entice most species. 

Using Chilli In Hemp And Tares

I often add chilli powder to my particle baits, especially hemp and tares. If you prepare your own hemp and tares, cook them by adding chilli powder prior to cooking into the water, you can also add a couple of dried ones instead to the water. 

Just add 1 tablespoon of powder to the water, or three or four whole dried chillies.

Roach and chub love hemp and tares, but adding chilli to them can make the difference in catching even more, especially in the summer.

Fishing With Chilli Oil

Chilli oil can be made at home by leaving fresh or dry chillies inside a jar

Adding chilli oil to any stick mixes, particle mix, PVA mix and your groundbait can be a game-changer. The release of the oil through the water and around your hook baits really attracts carp and tench. As the oil drifts through the water this is intercepted by fish cruising around and can attract them down to your baited area on the bottom.

Chilli oil is more expensive than using powder. So just a few drops are required as it is more concentrated. You can buy chilli oil at a supermarket for a more reasonable price than at a branded carp bait store. In my experience, there is no difference in the results!  

What Other Spices Can You Fish With? 

If fishing with chilli powder is so effective then wouldn’t it stand to reason that other spices would work well too? Yes, this is certainly the case and anglers have been adding a range of spices to their baits for years already.

If you think about a standard mixture of ground bait, for example, it contains some very boring ingredients such as fishmeal, bread crumbs, cereal, bran, or cornmeal. This has nothing exciting about it and nothing that is going to attract fish to it from a distance so why not experiment with spices to make it more appealing. 

Check out my in-depth review of all the spices you should you start using with your baits here!

Be Careful When Handling Chillies

Always ensure you wash your hands thoroughly when handling chillies or chilli powder. Touching your eyes or other sensitive parts of your body without washing your fingers can be a very unpleasant experience. Where possible try to use soap.

Spicing Out 

Thanks very much for reading my article. I hope you found it useful and now know how to go fishing with chilli powder and chilli oils. 

I would highly recommend using spices in your bait as they do work but I’d suggest using a range of spices and even mixing them together to create a smell and taste the fish are not used to. This will get the fish coming to your bait ahead of the other anglers.

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