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Preparing Chick Peas/Garbanzo Beans - by Anthony Wood

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Garbanzo Beans - Chick peas - Carp Magnets

Add your flavors, attractants and Colors and leave to soak.

Garbanzo Beans or Chickpeas are an incredibly attractive bait for carp. Prepared properly, they take flavor and color well and are easy to make.

The white granules are Potassium Sorbate preservative (optional).

The first thing you will need to do is put a layer of garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas) into a saucepan as shown in the photo.  You want enough to put maybe two layers of peas on the bottom.

Next you want to add your flavor, coloring and any additives such as Corn Steep Liquor or Betaine. You will also notice some white granules in the photo, these granules are Potassium Sorbate and will allow you to keep the Chickpea's unfrozen for at least 4 months. 

Boil for 30 minutes

Cover with water and leave to soak for 18 hours to not only take on the flavors, etc., but also to help prepare them so that they expand in your saucepan and not in a fish's stomach.

Once you have soaked them, boil them for 30 minutes giving them an occasional stir. I should warn you, THEY STINK, so if your spouse is around it may be best to boil these outside on a gas stove.

Finally drain them off and allow them to cool and you will end up with a bait that is firm, moist and attractive to the fish.

Just to emphasize how important it is to correctly prepare particles the one on the left is a normal unprepared chickpea and on the right you have a correctly prepared chickpea. 

Unprepared baits may pose a serious danger to fish so please cook them properly!



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