If you were to use chickpeas you would be after particular fish. You would be highly unlikely to catch a pike for example. Chickpeas, especially flavoured are an excellent bait and extremely under used. I would highly recommend. I have caught many a double figure carp on my favourite chickpea rig.
That said, you WERE after a particular fish, and you can't really use chickpeas on a football message board. You look even dafter than you did,sat there, awaiting the prey you desired, that failed to show.