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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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…
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!
I place a couple of handfuls of the Fishmeal and Robin Red version in a bowl…
…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…I am sure you can see the implications for introducing a massive amount of attraction into your swim.
In this step-by-step sequence I have made up a PVA bag containing a rig and a small amount of pellets.
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. 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!
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.