The versatility of Tigernuts is underlined by the fact that besides its human nutritional function, Tigernuts are a popular fishing bait, a favourite of fishermen. More and more Tigernut flour is used for making baits mixed with various fish meal and oil. The tuber stands firmly on the hook after being soaked and cooked.
The Tigernuts main advantage in fishing is that due to its firmness, it resists the attack of small fish. Its preparation for fishing begins with placing the Tigernut tubers into water sweetened with sugar or sweetener and leaving them to soak. Then the tubers are cooked until the starch is deposited and the tuber swells to the extent that its wrinkles disappear. Many people leave the Tigernut tubers to soak in the cooking water for several days until a jellylike layer forms. This is the aromatic state that fish, especially carp and grass carp, cannot resist.
Tigernut extract is also a popular appetizing product in fishing. It is a syrup which can be used on the surface of the tuber to make it taste better.
Due to their rich and valuable contents, Tigernuts are as beneficial to fish as they are to humans. Because of Tigernuts high fibre and oil content, they are only partly digested, so one part of the Tigernut is voided which has to be considered when feeding with Tigernuts. Large areas can be covered with Tigernut excrement, which can cause overfeeding.
-To sum up, due to their contents, Tigernuts are an ideal source of energy for fish too, contributing to meeting their nutritional and vital needs. Tigernuts are a natural source of nutrients, which is free from artificial additives unlike many other baits.