The first time I personally saw Cart used as a fishing bait was around 2005-6 when we fished a Yorkshire 4's Match against some of the lads from Filey Club. Fortunately on that occasion my Green Crabs ran true to form and I managed to win my match. BUT it was a close call and I think the lad I was fishing (Who may or may not wish to identifiy himself) was only a pound or 2 behind me, plus he was fishing a mark he didnt even know existed untill I showed him it, so his bait really worked well for him that night. I think I had about 4 fish for close on 15lb and he managed a similar amount for about 12lb that night. The mark we were fishing was just below the Foghorn known as Hawsker Highlights. Although that was the first time I had ever seen anyone use Cart, I had heard rumours of its use for over a decade before that. I remember one evening talking to Niel Ingliss at a Whitby Club weigh in and he told me he had heard stories of some of the Scarborough Lads simply buying large edible crabs off the local commercial potters and then using the insides as bait. I sort of didnt believe what I was hearing, as back in them days I knew everything there ever was to know about fishing, so it couldnt possibly be true. How wrong i was, Thankfully these days Im more open to the ideas of others and willing to think well outside of the proverbial Box. In the following years the internet helped my fishing no end, and the ability to communicate with anglers across the country meant you could confer notes with fellow anglers right across the UK and even abroad. I remember one specific email / pm exchange with a Scottish Angler from The Arbroath area who sort of confirmed what Niel had already told me. Around that time, many of the local lads had been heading North Of The Border to fish the Fife open match in June. Each year lads from The North East had wiped the floor with The Scottish locals. The guy I got talking to explained a strange sort of yellow and bright red bait cast out frozen, which was accounting for all the big bags in those open matches. Around the same time we started to see this strange bait appearing in some of the local open matches down here. I seem to remember one Ship Inn Open being won from Hawsker Middle Way with a cracking bag of fish and a double in the bag as well. I think Paul Kilpatrick had been fishing the same hole that day and hadnt been able to buy a bite on his freshly dug blacks. In the following years, we learnt the secret so many Scarborough Boys had allegedly kept secret for a decade or more. A few of us got onto it and it was clearly a top bait, in the right place at the right time. Clearly there was times and places where it didnt work, and to this day there are places that I swear a cod wont touch it, but there are other places where it is absolutely deadly. In the past decade the secret has well and truelly got out the bag and everyone is on The Cart. In many ways its made fishing a lot easier. A quality bait and its easy to source. However I remember my dispair when the bait became common knowledge. As a match angler, any advantage you can gain over a fellow angler is worth its weight in gold. I remember anglers who couldnt catch a fish if a huge shoal was in front of them, suddenly started to catch. Cart seemed to put a lot of poorer anglers onto a level playing field with those who had been match winners in the past. I think the secret was well and truelly out the bag when some anglers got Lazy, and rather than preparing there cart at home, started to carry half a dozen large edible crabs with them in bucket and insisted on breaking them open and putting the bait on the hook infront of lots of other anglers. Before long, the best kept secret in fishing was finally known to everyone. So thats my take on The Evolution of Cart as a fishing bait. Im sure Ive got some bits wrong, and Im certain there are many anglers here who can fill in the gaps and add their own stories. So what do people think ?? How close to the mark is my story ?? What Is Cart ?? read About It here !!