The Big Red Carp Fishing Blog
Those of you with (very) long memories may remember an article I wrote way back in the mists of time called Boilie Soup.
“Making your own bait is simple,” explains Ken Townley. “Here's how you go about it.”
There are many seed blends on the market that all seem to be lumped under the generic heading of particle blend. These are seldom if ever put together with anglers in mind but are in most cases are simply blends that are already in existence in the bird feed market, intended for use as cage and aviary bird foods. Red Band Pigeon Conditioner is a perfect example.
For years now carp anglers have questioned the recipes and ingredients of the better base mixes on the market. Are they justified in doing so? Well yes, they are. If you bought a car you would want to be told the full specifications of the product as well as knowing how it performs. So it is with carp baits, and I am talking specifically base mixes now.
I first used Robin Red way back in the day when I was a member of a syndicate in Devon called Ockenham Lakes. My mate from up country was using it and had got onto it soon after the word got out and he told me it was the bee’s knees. Naturally I was keen to try it and used in not only in Devon but also on my Cornish venues and at Waveney. My first twenty was tempted by the allure of the red stuff as was Carole’s and catches on Robin Red were much talked about and discussed.
Ever since Dynamite Baits brought out their preserved tigers in jars people have been looking for different ways of preparing long life tiger nuts at home. A fella on Carp Forum (Zack) put me onto his method, which involves using plastic bottles and this has always been reasonably effective for me.