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Boilie Soup 2014 Style….That is to say, PELLET SOUP!

Thursday, 25th September 2014

Those of you with (very) long memories may remember an article I wrote way back in the mists of time called Boilie Soup.
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This outlined an idea I had that was a natural progression on from the concept of Boilie Crumb, which I wrote about in a Nutrabaits catalogue in the early 90s. The concept I was trying to put into practice stemmed from a conversation I had with Bill Cottam of Nutrabaits in which we discussed how it might be possible to introduce to a swim the smell and taste of food without there being anything really tangible for the carp to physically eat. We tossed ideas around that ranged from the sublime – throwing neat aminos into the swim – to the ridiculous – squirting liquid foods onto the surface while perched up a tree! The idea was shelved until I came up with the idea of a soup of boiled bait. A what! I hear you say…Please bear with me.
 
a form of liquid boiled bait

What I was looking for was a form of liquid boiled bait that would fulfil the criteria mentioned about, namely the presence of a food that could not actually be eaten! I thought the frustration and feeding excitement that could be generated by such an approach might drive the carp into a feeding frenzy (hyperbole, I know, but that’s the only way I can think to describe it!) What I came up with was this: take some neat base mix, and add an equal amount of soya flour. Then add liquid and powdered attraction, and then mix with water until a runny soup was formed. The photo shows the ingredients I used at the time.
 
introduced to the water

When introduced to the water the soup would quickly disperse leaving behind a cloud of attraction that gave the strong suggestion to a carp that food was present. A fish thus attracted would then find nothing tangible into which it could sink its (pharyngeal) teeth! Frustration follows with the result that the carp should in theory snatch at any reasonable bait placed under the cloud of soup.
 
the method was restricted

Of course, the idea had many limitations, the primary one being that the method was restricted either for fishing from a boat or in the margins, baiting up with a baiting spoon.
 
I tried out the idea on a small local lake

Initially I tried out the idea on a small local lake where the fish regularly visited the margins and could sometimes be tempted into making a mistake. However, these fish were notoriously cautious and would spook easily. However, the soup fooled them every time. I took the idea to other lakes in the south west and wherever I found the right conditions – fish that came into the margins – I would give the soup a go.
 
This is just one of the fish I caught

This is just one of the fish I caught on the soup back in the day. It is from Jennetts Reservoir in Devon and weighs 23lb. At the time it was a personal best common for me.
 
Boilie Soup is a devastating method

Though Boilie Soup is a devastating method it is very restrictive in when I could use it so I moved on to other plans and schemes. But I never forgot the soup and whenever the time and the place were right I gave it a try, as at Crafhole near Saltash.
 
new pellets to try by Haith’s

We moved forward now some 25 years. I had been sent some new pellets to try by Haith’s Baits and at first sight I was a bit puzzled by their make up. They seemed very soft (SuperSoft in fact!) and crumbled easily, totally different to the standard pellets that are in common use these days. This is due to the manufacturing process where by the dry ingredients are steam compressed to form pellets. There are three version of Haith’s Baits SuperSoft Pellets available; fishmeal with Robin Red, Garlic and Robin Red, and Chilli and Robin Red, all using the base mixes of the same name from their new ProBase range. Here you can see the three versions with a scattering of other pellets to add still further to the overall attraction.
 
these pellets started to breakdown very rapidly

In testing one thing that struck me immediately was the speed at which these pellets started to breakdown very rapidly. In fact, after 30 minutes they were really soft…
 
less than an hour they were almost completely broken down

And after much less than an hour they were almost completely broken down to their component parts, so much so that they looked almost like a soup! This gave me an idea – like it would!
 
Fishmeal pellets

I place a couple of handfuls of the Fishmeal and Robin Red version in a bowl…
 
add water

…and added water, and then timed how long it took for them to break down completely. In less than 45 minutes they looked like this! Yummy!
 
Here’s a close up

Here’s a close up…I am sure you can see the implications for introducing a massive amount of attraction into your swim.
 
PVA bag containing a rig and a small amount of pellets

In this step-by-step sequence I have made up a PVA bag containing a rig and a small amount of pellets.
 
PVA bag containing a rig and a small amount of pellets

PVA bag containing a rig and a small amount of pellets

PVA bag containing a rig and a small amount of pellets

pva breakdown

They chart the breakdown of the bag and contents over the next 45 minutes. OK, it may not be exactly Boilie Soup, but it is certainly Pellet Soup!
 
I think you can judge for yourself the practical applications this tactic allows

I think you can judge for yourself the practical applications this tactic allows. When the carp move into the swim they will be faced with a mass of attraction from the Pellet Soup but with little or nothing to actually eat…APART FROM YOUR HOOKBAIT! What happens next is inevitable…the tantalising smell and taste of food in the zone, without any apparent food being present, the fish makes a grab for the first solid food item it sees, your hookbait!
 
You won’t be disappointed

I can assure you that this tactic will really open your eyes and should definitely put those more crafty and aware fish on the bank so why not give Pellet Soup a try. You won’t be disappointed.

P.S. Robin Red-based Pellet Soup is a tactic and method than can ONLY be achieved using Haith’s Bait unique SuperSoft High Attract Pellets.
 
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"Mr" by
12 Jan 2016

gut friendly yougurt powder mixed with veg glycrine added sucralose and some baking yeast to further that fermented aspect a little water leave to activate pva friendly awsome attracter

"Sloppy Bait" by
15 Dec 2014

hi have seen your old clip about liquid bait , i my self soak coconut powder in csl and a little water not to much as i want it to be pva friendly fished with either coconut or white chocolate deadly seem,s to work any time

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Sounds interesting...does anyone else do the same?

" Comment" by
25 Sep 2014

something to make me think about because it looks like it may be a answer to selective feeding

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