The Big Red Carp Fishing Blog Fri, 22 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT en hourly 1 Fifteen years and it's been Dynamite Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT Simon H. King It’s hard to believe it’s been fifteen years since I first sat down to formally agree on terms to supply Robin Red and Haith’s other ingredients to Dynamite Baits. It’s hard to believe it’s been fifteen years since I first sat down to formally agree on terms to supply Robin Red and Haith’s other ingredients to Dynamite Baits.<br/>Dynamite has since become one of the UK&rsquo;s most respected exporting success stories in the carp fishing bait industry &ndash; with exploding sales growth in more than 30 countries and a battalion of anglers to boot who engage with them in more than eleven languages.<br /> <br /> Suffice to say, our commercial relationship has stood the test of time and long may it continue.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><img alt="Dynamite baits products with Haith's Logo" src="" /></a></div> <br /> <strong><a href="">Dynamite Baits</a></strong> were the first company we allowed to use the Haith&rsquo;s logo on their packaging. That &ndash; believe me &ndash; was a tough decision (firsts often are). However, the elephant in the room was that so many of the UK bait firms were including Haith&rsquo;s ingredients since Rod Hutchinson shared his bait-making &lsquo;secrets&rsquo; but often proclaiming their new &lsquo;secret bait&rsquo; to be something unique - when we instinctively knew it was in actual fact Robin Red, Nectarblend, Red Factor or Ready Mixed. Dynamite Baits wanted to come clean and say they were using our ingredients and that created trust in the marketplace and we have Dynamite to thank for that.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><img alt="Simon King with Dynamite baits" src="" /></a></div> <br /> In fact, it was discussions with Dynamite that encouraged us to protect Robin Red with its unique logo and licence, which makes it easy for anglers to validate which bait includes the &lsquo;red stuff&rsquo; because they can follow the chain of custody to our website and see who is an Approved Bait Firm.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Robin Licence" src="" /></div> <br /> In the past 15 years, Dynamite Baits have found numerous ways to extract the most attraction from our ingredients and they&rsquo;ve used Robin Red to optimise bait effectiveness.<br /> &nbsp; <center><iframe allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></center> <br /> <br /> Take, for example, &lsquo;<strong><a href="">The Source</a></strong>&rsquo; boilie range which requires little introduction due to its fanatic following. Dynamite developed The Source with Terry Hearn back in 2002 and say they have &lsquo;never changed or modified the recipe since.&rsquo; And I believe them and so must others because I cannot recall ever receiving a query about The Source in terms of its Robin Red content and the additional Haith&rsquo;s ingredients included in the secret recipe, which is by all accounts super-effective for anglers fishing in the UK and overseas.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><img alt="Dynamite baits the source" src="" /></a></div> <br /> What I like most about Dynamite, though, is that they do what they say they&rsquo;ll do.<br /> <br /> What do I mean by that?<br /> <br /> I suppose I could boil that statement down to one word and that&rsquo;s trust.<br /> <br /> In the early days, some of the less scrupulous bait firms purported to include Robin Red because they understood they could charge a premium for a bait that included the &lsquo;red stuff&rsquo;; however, we knew they could only be including Robin Red at very low inclusion rates and that became a simple equation for us to fathom out: how much bait did we guestimate company X was selling versus how much Robin Red was company X buying. In the end, we knew we had to do something because it wasn&rsquo;t fair to anglers &ndash; and (I&rsquo;m pleased to say) Dynamite Baits were amongst the first to agree minimum inclusion rates with us and nail their flag to the high-quality mast, which is refreshing at an age when chocolate bars are shrinking in size/weight and a packet of crisps is often a packet of air with a few potato chips. And don&rsquo;t get me started on Wagon Wheels!<br /> <br /> This acceptance of inclusion rate was a defining moment in the Haith&rsquo;s / Dynamite relationship; Dynamite could have solely looked at the bottom line, but they didn&rsquo;t. They agreed with us &ndash; it wasn&rsquo;t fair to mislead the angler and I&rsquo;m grateful Dynamite supports our international marketing efforts to help fight the fakes of Robin Red and make it easier for UK and overseas anglers to find baits made with Haith&rsquo;s bird food ingredients.<br /> <br /> I&rsquo;m pleased to say that the bait firms we deal with today are professional and ethical, and the global elite when it comes to the carp fishing bait industry. In the interest of balance, Dynamite has never attempted any so-called dirty tricks and tried to stop us supplying any of our Approved Robin Red Bait Firms and that&rsquo;s meant we have equally good relationships now with other companies such as CC Moore, for example.<br /> <br /> Two products that continue to worry me are Robin Red liquids and Robin Red pellets: policing the inclusion rates of our materials in these formats is super tough; however, it&rsquo;s made possible when progressive partners such as Dynamite and CC Moore come clean and share their inclusion rates with us; for example, CC Moore developed their liquid Robin Red offering with a 20% inclusion rate of the &lsquo;red stuff&rsquo; and &ndash; refreshingly &ndash; sent the product to us for testing prior to launch. That&rsquo;s the kind of relationship we have with the most progressive bait firms.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><img alt="Robin Red carp pellets" src="" /></a></div> <br /> Happily, Dynamite Baits followed suit by declaring to us the Robin Red inclusion rate for their market-leading Robin Red Carp Pellets and I personally believe they set the pace for any pellet in the market &ndash; which is why we&rsquo;re happy to see the Haith&rsquo;s logo on pack.<br /> <br /> That said I appreciate the necessity of secrecy in the bill of materials and production techniques are sacrosanct (our priority, however, remains the fish and the anglers who decide to purchase bait because it has one, or several, of our ingredients, included. We know from market research that anglers hate wasting time and money fishing with a different product to the one they thought they&rsquo;d purchased. That&rsquo;s where our Robin Red strapline came from: Fish with a legend &ndash; because time&rsquo;s too precious to fish with anything else). Dynamite was amongst the first to get behind this campaign:<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Fish like you mean it" src="" /></div> <br /> It&rsquo;s a progressive relationship that encouraged Dynamite and Terry Hearn to build their giant-catcher, <strong><a href="">CompleX-T</a></strong> boilie on Haith&rsquo;s bird food ingredients and Robin Red. CompleX-T is catching monster carp all over the globe:<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><img alt="Complex T Catch" src="" /></a></div> <span style="font-size:11px;">A monster 92lb (41.8kg) carp has been caught on CompleX-T. Dutch angler&nbsp;Dominik van den Eijkhof banked the huge specimen, known as &lsquo;The Scar&rsquo; while carp fishing this week on France&rsquo;s renowned Rainbow Lake (Lac De Curton).</span><br /> <br /> Here&rsquo;s to Team Dynamite and the anglers who are counting down the days to spring and summer. We look forward to collaborating for another 15 years, and more.<br /> <br /> Tight lines<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Simon King<br /> <br /> Associate Director &ndash; Haith&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> Ps. Anglers reading this perhaps won&rsquo;t know that Haith&rsquo;s won the Board of Trade Award in 2018 for exporting and that I&rsquo;m one of 125 Northern Powerhouse Champions proudly representing the North of England &ndash; it&rsquo;s part of my honorary role to encourage exporting; however, my recent visit to Dynamite Baits reminded me that there are some very progressive companies out there who need no encouragement to enter international markets &ndash; Dynamite Baits are one of them, supplying demand for their goods in 30 + countries - #ExportingIsGREAT at Dynamite Baits.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="If you wan we can export champions" src="" /></div> 0 More bait tips and tweaks Mon, 18 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT Ken Townley I expect like me many of you are dusting off the carp gear ready for the warmer weather to arrive and for the carp to get their heads down prior to the rigours of spawning yet to come. I expect like me many of you are dusting off the carp gear ready for the warmer weather to arrive and for the carp to get their heads down prior to the rigours of spawning yet to come.<br/>So, in anticipation of screaming reels and dancing indicators, here are a few more little tips and tweaks that might help your fishing in the warm-weather months to come.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> TAMARIND AND OTHER SPICES<br /> &nbsp;<br /> I doubt if there can be many who have not read about, or maybe even used, chilli flakes in their baits. They work well with particles such as chickpeas seeds such as <strong><a href="">hemp</a></strong>, or with cereals such as <strong><a href="">groats</a></strong> if you haven&#39;t tried them have a play&hellip;you may well be pleasantly surprised.<br /> <br /> <a href=""> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Hempseed" src="" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href=""></div> <div><img alt="Groats" src="" /></a></div> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Chilli flakes" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Another attractor worthy of serious attention is tamarind. I first used tamarind seeds in a few boiled bait recipes and their inclusion seemed to improve my baits, but it wasn&#39;t until I used Tamarind Chutney in a paste/Method mix that I realised the full potential of the stuff. Initially, I used the paste on the feeder adding it to a <strong><a href="">Robin Red</a></strong> groundbait, namely <strong><a href="">SuperRed</a></strong>, and it worked a treat.<br /> <br /> <a href=""> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Robin Red" src="" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href=""></div> <div><img alt="Super Red" src="" /></a></div> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Robin Red Groundbait" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Now, I have searched high and low for data about what it is about tamarind that so excited the carp but my search has been fruitless. No doubt one of the bait buffs of the carp world may be able to help me but, in the meantime, I shall simply carry on using it in the knowledge that it really does seem to produce the goods.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Briefly to recap: I first started using various oriental chutneys and pickles way back in the mists of time when my interest in carp baits was growing stronger by the day. I had switched from my usual, hard-fished venues where the carp were heavily pressured to a couple where it wasn&#39;t especially difficult to get a take. These were obviously ideal for doing a bit of experimenting, my reasoning being that if the bait didn&#39;t work here, it probably wouldn&#39;t work anywhere. OK, the carp were on the small side but they were pretty willing to take a bait so they proved that at the very least my ideas would work.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ken's catch form a while ago" src="'s-catch-from-previous-years.jpg" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Incorporating the huge choice of these oriental bits and pieces into a baiting strategy wasn&#39;t too hard. A few grams of powder here, a teaspoonful of pickle there&hellip;that sort of thing. When it became clear that oriental delis held a lot of secrets, I started plundering their shelves and expanded my range of experiments considerably, and that is where Tamarind in its various guises comes in.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Tamarind is actually a fruit and is distinguished by a rather pungent, sweet and sour taste. You may well have eaten it yourself, without knowing it, as tamarind is used in Worcester Sauces, HP Sauce and other brown sauces. It contains useful antioxidants as well as vitamins and minerals and it is often used as a taste enhancer. I started to use tamarind powder in my baits as I was told by the Indian owner of a local deli that it was used in Indian recipes to even out any sharp tastes. As I was using a milk protein hydrolysate at the time, which was actually quite bitter, I hoped the powder would help counter the bitterness. In fact, it did nothing of the kind and the hydrolysate didn&#39;t pull up any trees either, but that&#39;s another story.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Moving on I looked at the more common spices such as chilli, paprika and fenugreek but still, I continued to mess about with tamarind to quite encouraging effect once I had found a nice tamarind paste, which I incorporated into a <strong><a href="">Robin Red</a></strong> and <strong><a href="">Nectarblend</a></strong> birdfood base mix.<br /> <br /> <a href=""> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Nectarblend" src="" /></a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Tamarind Concentrate" src="" /></div> &nbsp; <div>I caught some lovely fish on that bait and I continue to use it on and off to this day. Back then I don&#39;t think anyone else was using it so I kept it under my hat, as my little secret was putting quite a few fish on the bank.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ken putting a few fish on the bank" src="" />.</div> &nbsp;<br /> Moving on and other challenges in the bait world came and went. Like everyone else I was looking for something that little bit different and when one day my missus brought home some Sweet Tamarind Chutney and I tried it with curry, I knew that this too could be a real goodie!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> I had started fishing quite a well-pressured venue where the carp had seen it all and were pretty wary. I pinched the jar of chutney from the kitchen cupboard and took it to the lake with the idea being to use it as a hookbait dressing. It worked from the word go! The lake was as pretty as a picture but the fish had always played hard to get for me (and for others!) so it was nice to get a few fish from it.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Lake view" src="" /></div> <br /> In the mid-90s I started fishing a French lake that held some very special carp. I was working for the estate at the time so I was able to put in the hours at the lake. I put some bait into areas tucked away from sight and then returned to see if it was eaten or not. One of these areas was in a corner of the lake near the dam. In no time at all, I spotted carp in the area and in time they created what I call a dinner plate in the swim. That is to say, an area that is regularly visited by carp that feed so avidly that silt and weed get washed away leaving behind an area of bright, almost &#39;polished&#39; lakebed. You can clearly see it in this photo.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Lake bed" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Once I saw that the fish were visiting the area regularly, I made a point to keep the bait going in and soon I was even able to watch them feed. It was quite amazing to watch as they worked themselves up into a frenzy to get at every last morsel. Catching them became almost too easy.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ken Catch" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> I was helped in this by using a <strong><a href="">Robin Red</a></strong> nut-based mix that I put together for Haith&#39;s some time ago. <strong><a href="">SuperNut</a></strong> is one of the Three-In-One series of blends that I have been designing for Haith&#39;s since I joined the company in 2000. I regard it as one of the best mixes I have ever put together, right up there with <strong><a href="">SuperRed</a></strong> as perfect ground bait/Method Mix/Base Mix. In this photo, <strong><a href="">SuperNut</a></strong> is on the right, while <strong><a href="">SuperRed</a></strong> is on the left. As you can see the &#39;Nut is a bit coarser than the &#39;Red and this is down to the nut content.<br /> <br /> <a href=""> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Supernut ground bait" src="" /></a></div> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Super red and super nut" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> This is SuperNut paste with added curry paste. The paste is moulded around the lead in order to increase attraction in the vicinity of the.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Supernut paste with added curry paste" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> I usually make up two or three pastes with different levels of attraction using natural products where possible. The liquid foods such as Corn Steep Liquor or Liquid Yeast Extract are perfect and the addition of a spoonful of an Indian condiment adds still further to the overall attraction. The H-A, by the way, stands for High-Attract.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="High attract super nut paste" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> You may think it a bit far-fetched to use hot chilli pickles in your base mix or particles but the use of capsicums as carp attractors is well documented. These pickles have for a long time been a staple of my dinner table and my bait cupboard.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Chilli pickles" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Whether you use them neat from the jar or add them to seed mixes, particles or base mixes, they will definitely add attraction and, just as important, taste. Not so long ago I fished A few years back I fished a popular lake in France and used Tamarind Chutney as a bait dip.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Tamarind Chutney" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> This is one of several big fish that I caught on this tactic&hellip;Give it a try yourself. You may just be surprised.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Catch on Tamarind Chutney" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> PRESERVING BOILIES.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> I get a lot of mail from anglers wishing to preserve boilies for a long session, say a week in France, for instance. While freezing is the accepted method, there are others that will extend the catching life of fresh bait by upwards of a month or more. Boilies go &#39;off&#39; when the moisture in them reacts with airborne bacteria, which causes mould. If you can remove the moisture you will slow down or even halt the formation of mould on your baits. The widely accepted alternative to freezing is to air dry the baits in a loose weave air dry sack, the butterfly is optional!<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Loose weave air dry sack" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> There are several other ways of preserving bait for an extended period. Sugar is a desiccant (a substance that encourages dryness) so it absorbs water. Add a bag of sugar to a sack of bait and it will draw the moisture out of the boilies thus extending their shelf life. When you wish to use them simply riddle off the sugar. You will note that the baits feel sticky and their taste will be enhanced by the extra sweetness&hellip;and we all know how much carp like sweet things.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Sugar for preserving" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Salt is another effective desiccant as is rice.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Rice for preserving " src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Forgive me for mentioning glycerin again but this thick, sweet, 100% soluble liquid cannot be beaten as for a short- to medium-term preservative.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> You can find previous blogs about it here: <strong><a href="">Boiled Baits and Glycerin - Part 1</a></strong>&nbsp; and here: <strong><a href="">Boiled baits and glycerin - Part 2</a></strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Boilies can be preserved by adding 25ml to the eggs prior to creating a boiled bait but you should also give the finished baits a good glug of glycerin post-production. Boilies thus treated don&rsquo;t need any other form of preservative as harmful microbes will not grow in glycerin. Spores might land and rest on the product surface, but they won&rsquo;t germinate. This photo shows a batch of Robin Red &amp; Chilli boilies, perfectly made for us by Rollin&#39; Baits.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Robin Red and Chilli boilies" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> As you can see the base mix contains enough binding material to allow the centre of the bait to remain soft and paste-like after boiling.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Boilies with soft centre" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Unfortunately, this soft centre contains a fair bit of moisture which can cause the baits to go off quite quickly. In order to protect against the baits going off, add an outer coating of glycerin to the baits. You can also add other attractors to the glycerin to add still further to the attraction.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Attractors" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Add the attractors to the glycerin is a small bottle and give it a good shake, then pour the resulting high-powered attractor package over the baits that have been placed in a large bowl. Give the bowl a swirl to ensure that each bait receives a generous coating and then leave them to soak up all that carpy goodness.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Add attractors to boilies" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> The bait below are six weeks old, and thanks to the glycerin they are still good as new. The longer the baits stay in soak the harder they will become. They will also darken somewhat but they will now have an extended shelf life, plenty long enough for an extended trip. Plan ahead for maximum preservation. If you want to really push the boundaries, you can add further glugs of flavour-rich glycerin. Keep agitating the baits in their bag or another container to keep them soaking up the glycerin. In time they will become touch dry.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Leave to soak and dry" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Though the baits harden on the outside on the inside they will still retain some of that paste-like texture that carp love so well.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Boilies cut in half to show texture" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> You may well be planning your long trip in the height of the summer; maybe you are going to France. At times the heat can become almost intolerable and it doesn&#39;t help the bait travelling in the back of the van. So, it&#39;s a good idea to bag up the bait with yet another good glug of glycerin. Even if the bait sweats a bit en route the glycerin will still protect it from the heat and sunshine.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Put boilies in bag with glycerin" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> This crackling thirty was caught last summer during that astonishing almost tropical heatwave that they experienced in France. It was caught on a glycerin-preserved bait and was one of several that fell to the bait, a clear sign that none of the bait&rsquo;s attraction had been lost or impaired in any way by the addition of the glycerin.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ken's catch" src="'s-catch(6).jpg" /></div> <br /> I am writing this is mid-February but outside my office window the birds are singing and the daffs are blooming. It won&#39;t be long before we are back on the bank in search of monsters&hellip;Cannot wait!<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Sunset" src="" /><br /> <br /> <a href=""><img alt="Download our app" src="" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href=""></div> <div><img alt="Call to action" src="" /></a></div> 0 A few more thoughts on winter bait Mon, 14 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT Ken Townley Here's a quick and easy base mix that fulfils all the carps' dietary requirements when the water temperatures are low. Here's a quick and easy base mix that fulfils all the carps' dietary requirements when the water temperatures are low.<br/><div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <br /> <img alt="Ingredients" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> The ingredients are top l-r: <strong><a href="">High Protein Crumb</a></strong>, <strong><a href="">CLO</a></strong>, <strong><a href="">Red Factor</a></strong>: bottom l-r: <strong><a href="">Provimi 66 fishmeal</a></strong>, All-New Robin Green with Spirulina, Whey Protein Concentrate.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: sans-serif, Arial, Verdana, &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">APP OFFER</span><br /> <span style="font-family: sans-serif, Arial, Verdana, &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">&nbsp;</span><br /> <span style="font-family: sans-serif, Arial, Verdana, &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">We&rsquo;ve put together a special mix, only available on the app! The mix includes:</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: sans-serif, Arial, Verdana, &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">Red Factor</span><br /> <span style="font-family: sans-serif, Arial, Verdana, &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">CLO</span><br /> <span style="font-family: sans-serif, Arial, Verdana, &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">Provimi66</span><br /> <span style="font-family: sans-serif, Arial, Verdana, &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">High Protein Crumbs</span><br /> <span style="font-family: sans-serif, Arial, Verdana, &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">Robin Red</span><br /> <span style="font-family: sans-serif, Arial, Verdana, &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">Whey Protein Concentrate&nbsp;</span><br /> <br /> To grab your exclusive bag, act fast; download the App (if you haven&#39;t done so already) and look for &#39;App EXCLUSIVE base mix&#39; under the departments section<br /> <br /> *Offer valid until Tuesday 5th February midnight<br /> UK only - Delivery charges may apply<br /> Mix contains: Red Factor, CLO Provimi 66, High Protein Crumbs, Robin Green, Whey Protein Concentrate&nbsp;<br /> Subject to availability<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="" style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; font-family: sans-serif, Arial, Verdana, &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;; font-size: 13px;"><img alt="Download our app" src="" style="font-size: 13px;" /></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> This is the full base mix recipe:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 20% <strong><a href="">Red Factor</a></strong> (high fat to boost metabolism)<br /> 20% Haith&#39;s Baits&#39; <strong><a href="">CLO</a> </strong>(mid-protein and high fat)<br /> 20% <strong><a href="">Provimi 66 Fishmeal</a></strong> (obtainable from us - supplies protein)<br /> 20% <strong><a href="">High Protein Crumb</a></strong> (an additional source of protein)<br /> 10% <strong><a href="">Robin Green</a></strong> (highly attractive cold water additive). ***<br /> 10% Whey protein concentrate (as a binder).<br /> <br /> <a href=""> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="High protein Crumbs" src="" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href=""></div> <div><img alt="CLO" src="" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href=""></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Red Factor" src="" /></a><br /> <a href=""><br /> <img alt="Provimi 66 Fish Meal" src="" /></a><br /> <a href=""><br /> <img alt="Robin Green" src="" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> ***NB: The latest version of Robin Green now comprises 100% natural ingredients including the widely-praised Spirulina.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Add ingredients to bowl" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> First place the dry ingredients in a bowl.&nbsp; As you can see, both <strong><a href="">CLO</a></strong> and <strong><a href="">Red Factor</a></strong> are quite coarse in texture so you may prefer to reduce the particle size to about 80-90 mesh. The other ingredients are fine-textured and will not require any grinding down.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Use coffee grinder to blend base mix ingredients" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Use a coffee grinder to grind and blend all the base mix ingredients together<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Put base mix into polythene bag" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Place the dry base mix in a polythene bag that can be sealed reliably and then add the powdered attractors (details follow). Seal the bag and shake it vigorously so as to distribute the attraction evenly. In this photo you can see the mix has been ground to a fine powder.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Liquid and Powdered Attractors" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> I like to use both liquid and powdered attraction to boost the natural attraction of the base mix. In the cold water temperatures of winter you need both soluble and non-soluble ingredients, in this case the soluble Betaine HCL and the non-soluble GLME which attracts via the taste organs.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Liquid and Powder sweetner" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> I like my baits to taste sweet so I include both a powdered and a liquid sweetener in the attractor package. This powdered sweetener from Feed Stimulants is based&nbsp; upon one of the new-age natural sweeteners, Stevia. It is 100% natural and leaves no bitter after taste, as is common with other powdered sweeteners. This intense sweetener will improve&nbsp;the palatability of any carp bait and being so highly concentrated you don&#39;t need a lot, just 1g/500g.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Nutrabaits Sweet Cajouser" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> I have always been a fan of Nutrabaits&#39; Sweet Cajouser and I use it a great deal. It has a lovely, mild, maple-like aroma and taste and is soluble in water so any carp approaching the bait carpet will be able to &#39;taste&#39; the sweetness coming off the baits.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Citric Acird Anhydrous" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Citric acid is a weak organic acid that is widely used in the food industry as a preservative. It is also a highly significant feeding trigger and attractor. Again this requires only minimal inclusion rate or 1g/kilo.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Nutrabaits Trigga ice liquid foods" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> I like to supplement the nutritional properties of my bait and there is a liquid attractor that is tailor made for cold water carp fishing, namely Nutrabaits&#39; Trigga ice Liquid. This amazing blend of spicy attractors and natural emulsifiers is a vital part of my cold water baits. I include it at a level of 50ml/kg (25ml/500g).<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Vegetable Glycerine" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Finally, to reinforce the preservation aspect I include 20ml/500g of vegetable glycerine, a water-soluble, sweet-tasting, liquid that helps preserve the bait and boost attraction.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Start bait making" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> So now we can start making bait!<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Add trigga ice toeggs" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Add 30ml of Trigga Ice Liquid to the eggs&hellip;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Add 15ml of Glycerine" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> &hellip;followed by 15ml of Glycerine.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Whisk to bring together" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Use a whisk to bring the eggs and the liquids together.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Slowly add dry ingredients" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Now slowly add the dry ingredients, i.e. the base mix and powdered attractors.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Create a ball of paste" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> When all the powders are added use a fork to create a ball of paste.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Cover paste with cloth" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Cover with a cloth and allow the paste to stand for 20-30 minutes. In that time it will firm up and loose its stickiness, which will make it easier to work with.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Finished paste so far" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> The finished paste will look like this if you have followed the recipe so far.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Turn paste into sausages" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Now create sausages of paste. You can either use your hand, a roller such as the one in this photo, or an extruder. Process all the paste into&nbsp; sausages.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> NB: If you are going to make round baits, now is the time to use your rollers to create round balls of paste.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In this instance I will make sausages. This is because I can only fish with a bait boat these days due to arthritis in my shoulders so in my case there is no need to make the baits round, as they only come into their own when you need the baits to go long out of the stick or the caty.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Boil Sausages" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Now it is time to boil the sausages. I use a 30cm saut&eacute; pan, but any large pan will do. As I will be cooking all the sausages at once I add some oil to the boiling water. This prevents the sausages from sticking together or to the bottom of the pan.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Boil sausages for 3 minutes" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Now add all the sausages at once and boil hard for three minutes.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="empty sausages into colander" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Empty the cooked sausages into a colander.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Drain the water" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> This photo shows the cooked sausages after they have been drained.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Place bait sausages on towel to dry" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Spread the sausages out on a dry towel and leave them overnight to dry properly.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Cut up the sausages to your preferred bait size" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Once dry use a sharp knife to cut the sausages into your preferred bait size.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Chopped up bait" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> I can get about 350 x 12-16mm baits out of this mix.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Add Flavour" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> You will note that I have added no flavour as yet so it&#39;s time to address that. (It is always a good idea to add a good dollop of food liquids and flavours to the finished bait rather than adding it to the eggs prior to making the bait. The heats generated while boiling the baits will denature much of the protein content on liquid foods and will also cook off many of the esters and amines that make up your flavours.)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> First pour 30ml of Sanchi Tamari Soy Sauce into a small bottle such as this water bottle. NB: Other soy sauces come a distinct second best as far as salt content and free aminos are concerned!<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Liquid Flavourings" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> You can&nbsp; now add your flavours as required. This combo has done the business for me on many occasions. I add 5ml of each.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Add flavours into bottle and shake to mix them" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Once all the liquid attractors are added give the bottle a good shake to blend them all together.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Add liquid attractors to the baits" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Empty the dry chopped bait into a bowl - the one in which you made the paste will do just fine. Start to pour the liquid attractors onto the bait.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Add all of the liquid do not leave any remaining" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Don&#39;t waste a drop!<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Mix the baits so liquid is spread evenly" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Give the bowl a good shake to distribute the liquids evenly.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Bag up the baits into a polythene bag" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Finally bag them up and pop them in the freezer. Even if your plan to fish within the next 24 hours after making the bait, it is always a good idea to freeze it before use. Why? Because freezing draws all the liquid attraction deep into the heart of each individual bait, which will be released once the thawed-out baits are introduced to the water.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ken's Catch" src="'s-Catch(5).jpg" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Here&#39;s one I caught earlier. Tight lines J<br /> <br /> **COMPETITION TIME**<br /> &nbsp;<br /> As you can see in the blog, Ken Townley has included pictures of him making the bait. To win a FREE bottle of liquid Robin Red, all you have to do is send in a selfie of you making your favourite bait! Here&rsquo;s how it&rsquo;s done:<br /> &nbsp; <ul> <li>Download the Haith&rsquo;s Baits app: <a href=""></a></li> <li>Click on the &ldquo;more&rdquo; section</li> <li>Go on to &ldquo;send a trophy shot&rdquo;</li> <li>Send us your picture!</li> </ul> <br /> <br /> <a href=""><img alt="Download our app" src="" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href=""> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Call to action" src="" /></a></div> 0 Winter conundrums Mon, 07 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT Ken Townley Here are some tips for winter fishing. Here are some tips for winter fishing.<br/><div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <img alt="Hook bait example" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Keep to the rig that has worked for you during the rest of the year. If it works well in summer it will work just as well in winter. Try balanced bottom baits in the winter. A snowman set up as shown here is a great starting point. You don&#39;t necessarily want a hookbait that stands up off the bottom.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Setup" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Fish running leads on slack lines (Fluoro or sinking braid ONLY!!!). You need to know as soon as a carp mouths the bait, something that isn&rsquo;t necessarily the case with helicopter rigs, in-line leads or safety clips.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Running Leads" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> A running lead gives you the best indication of a take at your end and every pick-up count when it&rsquo;s freezing cold!<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Small water sunset" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Small waters are easier to fish in winter than big ones. If you are going to pit your wits against big-pit carp in winter, you are going to have to work doubly hard at getting your location skills honed to a fine edge.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Robin red and fish meal base mix sausages" src="" /></div> <br /> Don&rsquo;t listen to those who will tell you to avoid fishmeals during winter; they work brilliantly! Try our <strong><a href="">Robin Red &amp; Fishmeal base mix</a></strong>. Rather than roll the paste on a rolling table, simply use an extruder gun to produce &#39;sausages&#39; of paste.<br /> <br /> <a href=""> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Robin Red &amp; Fishmeal Base Mix" src="" /></a></div> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Boil the bait sausages" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> These should then be boiled whole for 3 minutes.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Chop up the sausages once dry" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Remove the boiled sausages from the pan and dry them for 24 hours on a clean towel or newspaper. Once dry but the sausages into &#39;chop&#39;s like these.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Finished bait" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> You will note that the finished baits have a nice open (porous) structure to them. This makes them idea for a treatment with a glug of some kind which can permeate to the heart of each bait.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Liquid Additive" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> I use litres of this stuff. It is crammed full of aminos, which leaks into the surrounding water on the lake bed.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Baits glugged with Tamari" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Here you can see chopped Robin Red &amp; Fishmeal baits that have been glugged with Tamari.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Leave overnight to make bone dry" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> If you leave them like this overnight, the next morning they will appear dry as a bone.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ken Fishing" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Put the bulk of your free offerings into the lake when you leave, not when you arrive.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ken's catch" src="'s-Catch(4).jpg" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Have a Carpy New Year.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Ken Townley<br /> <br /> <a href=""><img alt="App download" src="" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href=""> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Call to action" src="" /></a></div> 0 Bait tricks Tues, 11 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT Ken Townley Here are a few bait tricks that you may not have considered before. Winter is now with us and if the forecasts are correct we are going to have a long hard one with snow and ice. Here are a few bait tricks that you may not have considered before. Winter is now with us and if the forecasts are correct we are going to have a long hard one with snow and ice.<br/><div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <img alt="Sunset" src="" /></div> <br /> However, until the lids arrived there is plenty of time to get out and catch a carp or two.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Pellets" src="" /></div> <br /> Falling water temperatures invariably trigger a fairly active feeding spree as the carp prepare for deep midwinter. Pellets are an effective way to target lots of carp, but they are not always great for singling out the bigger fish. That said, I would never go fishing without a bag of pellets. I like to use several different types of pellets as this often works much more effectively than a carpet made up of one type of pellet alone. These are Dynamite&#39;s Robin Red pellets, which I have blended with some mini carp pellets. You will note that the larger sizes in this photo are drilled so they can be mounted on a hair rig. Incidentally, Dynamite also offers larger, drilled pellets for all kinds of applications.<br /> <br /> I like to blend pellets that are both fast- and slow-dissolving. Naturally, I am a big fan of our own <strong><a href="">SuperSoft Robin Red pellets</a></strong>, which dissolve very rapidly. Mix these with, say the slow-dissolving Robin Red pellets from Dynamite and you have a constantly evolving bait carpet, which constantly releases a steady stream attraction into the water.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Boiled bait in hopper" src="" /></div> <br /> I always feel pellets work at their best when used as part of a baiting strategy, say, with boilies, or paste or crumb as shown in this photo. The dumbbell boiled baits in the hopper are Hydra-K from ABS, a very active fishmeal bait that softens and then breaks down rapidly in the water. In fact, they are so soft that they can be squashed into a paste-like form with only gentle pressure between finger and thumb.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Baits" src="" /></div> <br /> The food signal given off by these baits is astonishing, but being soft they may well be scoffed by small fry before the carp get a look it. It is, therefore, a good idea to keep topping up the bait carpet with additional freebies every four or five hours so as to maintain a continuous flow of attraction. Though you can use them straight off as hookbaits, bear in mind the softening, so it is an idea to buy some hardened hookbaits or wafters from ABS too. These last for ages on the hair so there will be no danger of you fishing for hours with no hookbait!<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Small Pellets" src="" /></div> <br /> There are numerous pellets on the market these days all boasting their nigh nutrition credentials. OK, yes some do have good levels of nutrition but many salmon, trout and halibut pellets are way too high in oil to be called nutritious. The fact is that, as in humans, high levels of oil in a carp&#39;s diet will lead to health problems, namely fat accumulation in the liver, kidney and body tissue.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> (Incidentally, some folk believe that these pellets are actually made out of, say, trout, salmon or halibut. That is not the case. They are named thus as they are the farmed species for which the pellets were specifically designed. As such they inevitably contain excessive fat content as far as carp as a species are concerned.)<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Early State of breakdown" src="" /></div> <br /> This photo shows one of the ranges of our SuperSoft Pellets in an early state of breakdown. The PVA bag in which they were introduced has dissolved leaving the double baits on the hair sitting nicely in a mush of enticing Robin Red-based attraction.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Robin Orange" src="" /></div> <br /> These are one of our most popular baits, Robin Orange and Smoked Paprika SuperSoft Pellets. It is well known that carp adore the taste and smell of paprika in all its forms, which accounts for why these are such a popular seller.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Bait Trick" src="" /></div> <br /> Try this little trick next time you go fishing. First, make up a section of stocking mesh (PVA) and fill it with Robin Orange &amp; Smoked Paprika SuperSoft Pellets. Tie it off at both ends. Next, make a hair rig with a slightly longer hair than usual.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Stocking mesh bait" src="" /></div> <br /> Using a baiting needle thread the stocking mesh and the hookbait on to the hair. Here I have used two baits on the hair. They are Robin Red &amp; Chilli boiled baits.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Stocking mesh bait" src="" /></div> <br /> Once on the lakebed, the stocking mesh will start to dissolve&hellip;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Dissolving Bait" src="" /></div> <br /> &hellip; eventually leaving an instant source of attraction right next to the hookbait, partially obscuring the hook in the process.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Baits and crumbs" src="" /></div> <br /> I always prepare much of my bait many months in advance, and crumb of various kinds is a &ldquo;must-have&rdquo; as far as I am concerned. You can speed up the production of boilie crumb considerably by using an electric food processor. Along with the crumb, I will usually add plenty of whole small baits and a scattering of pellets to add to the complexity of the overall attraction.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Standard Baits carpet" src="" /></div> <br /> This is my standard bait carpet. It is a blend of crumbed boilies of many different flavours, several types of pellet, and a scattering of whole 8mm ready-made boilies, mainly fishmeals. I am sure you can imagine what this lot looks and smells like on the lakebed!<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Spodding" src="" /></div> <br /> I regard spodding as a chore best avoided, as I absolutely hate it. Personally, I think it is anti-social and anti-productive&hellip;well, that&rsquo;s my excuse and I am sticking to it.<br /> I can think of nothing worse that spodding for hours on end just to establish the bait carpet. You&rsquo;re knackered before you even start. I will only spod as a last resort. In fact, I would far rather fish at a shorter range using a catapult than spod. It causes less disturbance and you fish far more effectively. The photo shows my alternative to spodding; lots of individual stocking mesh PVA parcels of assorted bits and pieces. I usually prepare in advance a large number of these PVA mesh parcels during the winter months when I have a bit of free time on my hands, as I am far too old to be out in the cold.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Sling Shot" src="" /></div> <br /> Rather than spod, I use a caty, and I find that those with softer, more stretchy elastics fire comparatively bulky PVA mesh parcels further than more powerful, less stretchy versions. Fire out say a couple of dozen of these over a wide area and you will actually achieve a better bait carpet with much less disturbance that had you spodded it out.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Liquid attractant" src="" /></div> <br /> This little tweak works really well all year round. First, pour some of your favourite attractor liquid into a bowl. In this case, I am using a hydrolysed liquid fish protein.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Dip parcels in liquid" src="" /></div> <br /> Dip each individual parcel in the thick liquid.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Bait Parcels" src="" /></div> <br /> This is the result. Looks so good I reckon I&rsquo;d eat it myself.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Parcels in Bucket" src="" /></div> <br /> Alternatively, rather than treat each single mesh parcel why not treat a batch all in one go. Many of the food liquids can be left to soak into the pellets almost indefinitely. These stocking mesh parcels have been treated with Liquid Squid Hydro from Feed Stimulants. They will be left to absorb all the attraction for several months.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Boilies in a bucket" src="" /></div> <br /> Washed out baits can prove deadly at times, especially on hard-pressured venues. However, I actually prefer to take the opposite route by using baits that had had attraction washed-IN, not out! This tactic works extremely well with shelf life baits. Simply take a kilo bag of any decently formulated ready made bait, some flavour, a pot of Betaine and some liquid food. Empty the boilies into a bucket and add 100ml of liquid food additive. Add 10ml of your favourite flavour and 10g of Betaine.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Add water to boilies" src="" /></div> <br /> Add water and then shake the bucket to distribute the attraction evenly. Make sure you put the lid on firmly beforehand!<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Boilies in attractor liquid" src="" /></div> <br /> Leave the baits to soak in the attractor-boosted water for 24 hours, adding more water as it is drawn into the baits. You can use the bait from 24 hours on and can leave them in soak for 3-4 days. You may need to add more water until the baits become totally saturated. You will notice that after a couple of days the baits swell considerable and go quite soft so they present a totally different baiting situation to the carp in terms of texture and olfactory attraction.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Not only are they big, soft and fluffy in texture but they also flood the bait carpet with attraction, which starts to leak out as soon as the baits hit the bottom. In addition, being totally saturated, they cannot now take up any more water, and if that water happens to be stinky smelly silt-laden water, so much the better.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Bait Comparison" src="" /></div> <br /> Compare the standard bait on the left with the washed-in one on the right. I am sure you can see the advantages of using this method&hellip;!<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Techni Spice" src="" /></div> <br /> Techni Spice ready made from Nutrabaits are without a doubt the most effective high-attract bait I have ever used. You don&#39;t need many - perhaps a three- or four-bait stringer and half a dozen freebies around each hookbait - and in winter they are my number one choice.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Hookbait wrapped in paste bait" src="" /></div> <br /> Try wrapping a pair of 15mm Techni Spice hookbaits in boilie paste. covering both the hook and the hookbaits. The takes are usually belting runs, as they fish cannot feel the hook or the line as they suck in the hookbaits. Fish the paste-wrapped hookbaits over a carpet of washed-in ready-mades and stack &#39;em up!&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ken's Catch" src="" /></div> <br /> Proof of the pudding!&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ken Holding Catch" src="" /></div> <br /> And with this photo of a lovely common, caught on a paste-wrapped Techni Spice hookbaits, may I close by wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and successful 2019&hellip;Brexit permitting!<br /> <br /> <a href=""><br /> <img alt="Click to buy" src="" /></a> 0 Natural Extracts - part 2 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT Ken Townley A few weeks have past since part one. Sorry with apologies for the slight delay, here is part two of the Natural Extracts series. A few weeks have past since part one. Sorry with apologies for the slight delay, here is part two of the Natural Extracts series.<br/><div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ken's big catch" src="'s-big-catch.jpg" /></div> &nbsp;&nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Liver extracts" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Liver extracts and concentrates are superb ingredients as their free amino acid content makes them potent attractors. Any bait mix be it fishmeal, birdfood or even a 50/50 mix will benefit from the inclusion of liver in some form or other. I know one guy down my way who even went so far as to liquidise chicken livers and add the resulting &#39;soup&#39; to other dry ingredients to create boiled baits&hellip;and very well he did too!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Powdered liver products come in a great variety of different guises, some are very concentrated, others less so. I use this Liver Extract Powder, which is pre-digested. It has a well balanced amino acid profile and has significant nutritional properties in the form of peptides, salts and enzymes. The powder is water-soluble which makes it easily detectable by carp on the look out for food. I invariably add 10% liver powder to a base mix before creating boilies.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ground bait" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> I also add it to groundbait and PVA bags to add still further to the attraction. As winter approaches I feel that fishmeal-based groundbaits become less effective so I go for a nut-based groundbait, which is designed with its ability to bind as a priority. Here you can see some balls of SuperNut groundbait that have been formed using water (no eggs), which has been laced with liquid and powdered attractors including Liver Extract Powder. On the lakebed these will break down completely within 30-40 minutes to flood the area with a recognisable food signal.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Robin Red Pellets" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> I am a big fan of pellets of all shapes and sizes, especially well-formulated varieties that bring a little bit extra to the table. Everyone has heard of Robin Red and you will surely have heard of Haith&#39;s Bait&#39;s own SuperSoft pellets, which are Robin Red-based. The beauty of our pellets is their very rapid breakdown rate, which is particularly useful in the warmer month. However, Dynamite Baits also offer a Robin Red pellet, which is very different to the Supersofts and is a very useful alternative.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Dynamite RR Pellet breaks down very slowly and as it does so it creates a hard core of attraction on the baited area.&nbsp;&nbsp; Here&nbsp; are some of Dynamite&#39;s mini Robin Red Pellets and a bottle of Robin Red Oil. The pellets are available in sizes, 4, 8, 12, 15 and 20mm, the later being pre-drilled so they can be used on a hair rig.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Pellets in PVA Stocking mesh" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> I like to form PVA stocking mesh parcels of varying sizes, which can either be used to free bait an area, introduced by hand or with a catapult, or to draw attention to the hookbait but attaching one to the hook prior to casting out.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Pellets in Robin Red oil" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> These little parcels of goodness can be customised by using a glug with the liquid of your choice, making sure first that it is PVA-friendly! These have been treated with Dynamite&#39;s Robin Red Oil. Bear in mind that being an oil this treatment will slow down the dissolve rate of the PVA considerably. This may be fine in summer but it&#39;s not so good in winter. After all, you don&#39;t want to retrieve the parcel, still intact, after lying on the lakebed for hours doing only half a job.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Pellets and stocking mesh parcels" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> I use glugged stocking mesh parcels for 90% of my fishing effort, attaching one to the hook virtually every time I cast. These too have been glugged with Dynamite&#39;s dedicated Robin Red Oil.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Pellets in bowl of water" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Before I leave the subject of Dynamite&rsquo;s pellets I thought you might like to take a look at them in action. In order to demonstrate the slow breakdown speed of these pellets, I popped a handful in a small glass bowl and covered them with tap water, which was about 12-degree C at the time. The mesh stocking is actually an Arma Mesh-wrapped parcel of pellets that can be used directly on the hair as a slowly dissolving hookbait.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Arma mesh hookbait after being in water" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Here is that same Arma Mesh hookbait after four hours in water. Imagine a carp moseying up to that little bundle of attraction!<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Pellets and mesh hookbait after four hours" src="" /></div> &nbsp; <div>Here are the same pellets and mesh hookbait after four hours. You can see that they still maintain their shape but they are clearly beginning to dissolve.</div> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Dynamite bait's Robin Red Pellets" src="'s-Robin-Red-Pellets.jpg" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> A unique aspect of the larger sizes of&nbsp; the Dynamite Baits&#39;s Robin Red pellets is that they are drilled so they can be used on the hair.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Small glugged PVA stocking mesh of pellets" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Attach a small, glugged PVA stocking mesh parcel of pellets to the hook before casting out.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Liquid Squid Hydro" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Natural glugs and pellets go together like gin and tonic and this liquid food is one of the best natural attractors I have used. OK, before you say it, what&#39;s &#39;natural&#39; about a squid when we are talking about a fresh water species? Let me clarify: It isn&#39;t the squid that&#39;s natural, it is the protein (free amino acids), vitamin and mineral content of the liquid that makes it so attractive.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Pellets in Squid Hydro" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Place some pellets of your choice in a bait bucket and add a decent glug of the Squid Hydro.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Sprinkle Liver extract powder on the pellets" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Now give the bucket a good shake to distribute the liquid evenly and then add a generous sprinkling of Liver Extract Powder.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Shaken pellets" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Another good shake will coat each pellets in Liver Powder.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Seaweed granules" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Dried granules of seaweed were first (used under the radar) in the early 80s but they have gradually since found widespread popularity with bait buffs and bait companies alike. Dried seaweed is a product that I first used extensively in 1986 having tripped over a tub in the local farmer&#39;s retail store. I later passed on my findings to Bill Cottam boss of Nutrabaits at the time and he was so impressed that he included it in the company&rsquo;s product range and in a couple of base mixes including Big Fish Mix. It can be used at medium to high levels in any type of mix, particularly fishmeal and birdfood baits. A blend of 25g/475g is enough to add a sparkle to your bait by improving its vitamin and mineral content. Once boiled, the granules come out a chewy little green bit in the bait. Irresistible!<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Powdered Kelp extract" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Carp are very aware of the need to consume vitamins and minerals but they can do so entirely by eating natural foodstuffs that they find on the lake bed, in weeds or in silt. However, we can boost their levels of vitamins and minerals by adding them to our boiled bait. Powdered kelp extract is perfect if you want to compliment naturally occurring source of vitamins and minerals with your own highly attractive Kelp Powder, which is also rich in aminos and carbs. Use it at anything between 5% and 15% of the base mix.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Liquid Kelp Poured" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Liquid Kelp is yet another excellent natural extract that can add considerable pulling power to your boiled baits. This thick black liquid has a potent smell and is rich in vitamins and minerals. There are plenty of suppliers out there but have a look in outlets that sell equine supplies. You might be surprised what you can find on their shelves!<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Liquid Kelp" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Despite its appearance as a thick, black gooey liquid it is actually soluble so it is the perfect medium to which to add powdered attractors. As you can see from this old photo, I was using it back in the 90s to carry powdered attraction into the water table. I still use it today. Give it a try&hellip;It&#39;s very potent!<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ken's catch on fishmeal boilie containing liquid kelp" src="'s-catch-on-fishmeal-boilie-containing-liquid-kelp.jpg" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Here&#39;s a carp from way back, when I still had hair, caught on a fishmeal boilie containing liquid kelp, betaine HCl and GLME.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Greenshell Lipped Mussel concentrate" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> You will probably have heard about seafood extracts and with good reason, as they are among the best natural attractors money can buy. I have used several different ones and all have added further to the pulling power of my bait. However, I feel that this full fat Green Lipped Mussel Concentrate (not the cheaper de-fatted version) is one of the best. I have waxed lyrical about this excellent bait additive before but it is so good that I make no apologies for coming back to it again. It is a perfect supplement to any mix. I am not sure if GLMC has an upper limit! I guess its inclusion rate is limited only by the depth of your pockets! In fact I have use this particular version at 10% in a fishmeal base mix but I guess a more realistic level is probably around 5%.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Liquid betain anhydrous" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> One reason why GLMC works so well is its highly significant Betaine content. I first encountered Betaine many years ago and used it with good effect on several waters. Tim Paisley first introduced me to it back in the day and later bait expert Keith Sykes pointed the way to use it and other ingredients and attractors more effectively. I followed his lead and his guidance has been key to my bait philosophy down the years. Thank you, Keith!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Betaine is a naturally occurring substance found in tiny quantities in a variety of living things. It is found in plants, yeasts, fungi, the flesh of fish and in other crustaceans, molluscs (the green lipped mussel for instance!) and other invertebrates. There are two types of Betaine, anhydrous version and hydrochloride. Both are very effective feeding triggers and you can read a bit more about them here:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href=""></a><br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ken's catch from the past" src="'s-catch-from-the-past.jpg" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> I have used what I would call &#39;proper&#39; baits ever since Tim and them Keith took me under their wings. Their advice has been priceless and I am certain that without their guidance I would not have caught half the fish I have over the years. Here&#39;s another fine carp from way back when, caught on Tim&#39;s HERNV bait idea.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="The source" src="" /></div> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> There cannot be many specialist anglers who haven&#39;t heard of Robin Red. It has been around for donkey&#39;s years but year after year the magic &#39;red stuff&#39; accounts for hundreds, if not thousands of carp. This wonderful natural additive is a blend of oil, extracts, vitamins and minerals and includes peppers and spices in its make up. Its attraction is legendary and if you&rsquo;ve ever used a base mix with the word red in it, this means you have almost certainly used a Robin Red-based mix. The Source from Dynamite Baits is one of many Robin Red-based baits. Of the ones I have used - Big Fish Mix, Enervite, Trigga Red etc - The Source is right up there with the best.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> And the bait buffs at Dynamite don&#39;t rest on their laurels! Having developed the massively popular boilie The Source boilie they have now also released a pure Robin Red attractor bait.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ken's wife's catch" src="'s-wife's-catch.jpg" /></div> <br /> There are times when carp find Robin Red totally irresistible. This long forty pound common, caught by my missus was actually landed by the pair of us three times in a fortnight on just such a bait!<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Lake location" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Until the next time, enjoy your fishing! J<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; 0