Cart Bait – Edible Crab Extract

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Cart Bait – Edible Crab Extract

Cart is an excellent all round angling bait.

Cart is an excellent all round sea angling bait and can be used to catch almost any species that swims in the sea. In Particular cart makes a deadly fishing bait for cod from both boat and shore.

Cart is the extracted insides of an edible crab. Anglers purchase the edible crabs off the open market. Remember to only buy from a reputable dealer who sells crabs over the legal landing sizes..

The claws are boiled up as food, and the body, rather than being discarded into the bin is utilised for angling bait. This article will focus on the best way to process cart for use as a cod fishing bait.

edible crab cart baits - excellent for cod fishing

How To Make Cart Baits

Cart is simply the extracted innards of the edible crab available from any fish mongers/ shell fish retailer. All you need to do is scoop out all the flesh from in the lid of several large edible crabs. Simply scoop the insides into an appropriate sized bowl and mix it all together.

Getting the cart ready for the hook.

Many anglers simply freeze their cart in shallow baking trays. Once frozen the cart is sliced up into bait sized portions and placed into a mesh or cling film.

The baits are then stored in a freezer until required for a later cod fishing session. Some anglers like the ingenious ones shown below process their cart into cart sausages which are then frozen prior to use.

How to use cart

As already discussed cart is frozen until ready for use. Once you have decided you are going fishing you need to place your cart sausages, or baits wrapped in film or mesh into a bait flask.

Once at your fishing venue you remove them from the flask one at a time and whip them onto your hook with elasticated cotton.

Remember to punch holes into the membrane so that the bait can leak out. Now you simply cast out and wait for the fish to come along. Cart is a very good bait both on its own and fish as part of a larger cocktail bait.

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By | 2018-03-23T08:49:20+00:00 September 28th, 2013|Videos|8 Comments

About the Author:

Site Administrator Glenn Kilpatrick has a passion for all types of sea angling. Past winner of the Whitby Sea Anglers fishing club on 2 occasions, Glenn now mainly focuses on summer fishing with bass and pollack being his favoured target fish. Glenn now also prefers Kayak Fishing over any other type of Sea Fishing.


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  2. SHANE WILLIAMSON October 26, 2012 at 9:07 am - Reply


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  4. alan carson June 1, 2013 at 11:47 am - Reply

    I have been using crab cart for some time now an find it best of all fish bait. I now use finger poke bandage tie a knot in one end of a 4 inch strip turn inside out , then stuff the crab cart inside with a little blood mixed in , then put a no.1 hook in and tie the end of the poke with the hook proud of the end tie with elastic thread, I then put it on three feet of line , coiled up then freeze ready for fishing , very successful,

  5. Bill barstow August 24, 2014 at 12:20 am - Reply

    I find net curtain cut to size works perfect for cart, peel off the cling film wrap the cart in the net curtain then wrap up the ends tie on with elastic cotton to the hook, it lets out the scent perfectly without losing any of the cert

  6. les norton January 15, 2015 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    seen allsorts of video’s on utube about cart, would be good to see one on how you actually do the cart sausages with your sausage machine, also whether you add anything to the cart to make it less liquid.

  7. Jim french September 15, 2015 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Cart is still band in northumberland

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