Bengal is the treasure of ground baits. So many ground baits are developed and created by the anglers there. Some of them having angling experience for more than two or three generations. Some ground bait recipes are treated as family secretes and kept well guarded. I have found one ground bait recipe using coconut in net posted by Suprio Mukherjee. So far I use only rotten coconut as dipper for catla. I am posting the recipe here for IA members.
[The basic ground bait is 1 kg Ekangi/Ekanki,( bark of a certain tree and very fragrant, like cinnamon), 50 grams of green cardamom, bay leaf, 1 kg grated coconut, 1.5 liter of coconut oil/ ghee (clarified butter), 250 grams sugar.
The Ekangi and whole garam masala is gently roasted over low heat till it turns golden brown and then cooled and ground finely. The grated coconut too is roasted over low flame, till fully dry and cooled. Oil/ghee is heated and both the roasted ingredients are added. Cooked over low flame till the fat leaves the mixture the sugar is then stirred in. Once fully cooled the gooey mixture is stuffed into a plastic jar. The mixture does not cover more than half the jar and topped off with rum, yes RUM, till the mixture is fully covered. Left aside in a warm dry place, but not directly under the sun, for 6-8 weeks, ensuring that the rum is periodically topped off so that the mixture never comes in contact with air. In about 8 weeks your basic ground bait is ready. When you have to bait a swim, mix this ground bait with about 2/3 kg of powdered mustard cake, roasted till golden brown. Make the entire mixture into golf ball sized roundels and use.]
If any IA member have used this ground bait, please give feedback.