The Big Red Carp Fishing Blog Weds, 14 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT en hourly 1 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 Two-pound roach or twenty-pound carp...!! Tues, 16 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT Adam Roots The title above seems a strange choice for a fishing blog doesn't it, especially an angling bait-based piece, but read on and you`ll see what I am driving at... The title above seems a strange choice for a fishing blog doesn't it, especially an angling bait-based piece, but read on and you`ll see what I am driving at... <br/>From a young age, as far as angling was concerned I was taught that fishing, course fishing, in particular, is a great leveller, and everything that is involved is relative how true that saying is, especially to me as recently I reminded myself that I`d actually been involved in angling since I was around five years of age, a very long time ago. Anyway, having said the above...what would you rather catch and land? Maybe a big carp, or even a two pound plus crucian carp, a big bream or tench, neither fish mentioned is superior to the other, they all have equal and virtuous merit, especially if they are angled for in the right circumstances and frame of mind, i.e. big roach caught by accident on carp gear, just for example...not an unwelcome capture at all, but not the same as fishing for them in earnest, on purpose...and succeeding.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Remember I said angling covers all spectrums and walks of life, however to me your either an angler, or someone who just goes fishing, neither is better or worse than each;s something that you have to work out for yourself...!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> I have a friend who has been an angler, just like me all his life...but this friend is a little different to many others in today&#39;s angling world, you see he is what is termed a `traditionalist angler&rsquo; in so much he makes much of his own tackle, floats for example [which are fantastic creations],uses old centrepin reels and cane rods that have a permanent set in them, a bend, for the uninitiated, a creel and various handmade fishing tackle items, he is proudly old, old school, but you won&#39;t hear him demonising modern tackle or its ethos...anyway it&#39;s his dream to catch a roach by design over two pounds, a lifelong ambition you could say.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Old friend 1 " src="'s-friend-1.jpg" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="Adam's friend 2" src="'s-friend-2.jpg" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> I recently heard from my friend Mark, along the lines of let&#39;s go roaching, I readily agreed and responded to his email straight away. The thing was where to go? after a think, it was agreed to fish the lake belonging to another acquaintance we have, and containing a few two pounds plus roach, including a rumour of a genuine still water `three&rsquo;. We contacted the lake owner who told us he was away on holiday for a while, our hearts sank at this point, but rode up again as he said you can have the lake to yourself, just enjoy. So, we both thanked him and arranged to meet the very next weekend.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Now, the lake or lakes as there a more than one also contains some stunning virtually unfished for carp, many over twenty pounds and above, but today these were pushed away from my thoughts, it was the chance of a big silver that occupied my excitement.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Part of the ethos of `traditionalism &lsquo;is the bringing of a small token on each trip or at least it is for us, in my case I received a lovely homemade lemon drizzle cake, I can&#39;t tell you how nice this tasted, and I gave Mark a nice pasty......from Barnecutts...!!!<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Lemon Cake" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Back to the fishing, I settled just along from Mark, who has chosen a productive corner swim noted for roach, as indeed myself I had some decent fish in that swim in the past...From the off [both float fishing], we both caught steadily, a nice stream of tench, crucian carp,&nbsp; bream, small roach and perch all on a variety of baits, mainly using small `torn prawn` on size 12 hook, in my case which came to our nets. As the day marched onwards, sport slowed a little, but I had an ace up my sleeve, and that ace was the remnants of my last lot of <strong><a href="">Haiths Supernut ground bait</a></strong>, although to this I added sweetcorn, ripped prawns and a little hemp seed I had, basically I used up what was left in my bait freezer, well the bottom freezer compartment lol I normally make my <strong><a href="">Supernut</a></strong> quite firm in texture, but this time it was going to be introduced `sloppy style &lsquo;like a thick gloopy soup shall we say.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Setup" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> As I mentioned the <strong><a href="">Supernut</a></strong>, in super sloppy form was introduced by hand over the top of this reed float id just bought from Ian Lewis, a lovely creation indeed too, nice to fish with really...not long after this the float disappeared once again and my 13ft float rod hooped over into a lovely crucian carp, I`d say well over the two pounds mark, but I didn&#39;t weigh it, I just wanted to get that float back amongst the by now fizzing and bubbling that had appeared since the ground bait was introduced...all I can say was, at this time I turned into some sort of metronome, bite, fish on cast..!!, lots of crucians, Tench to around or over four pounds bream, and small perch, including some amazing looking golden rudd....all lovely fish and brilliant sport indeed........then as so often it happens ,the float slowly dipped ,a gentle strike and straightaway I could tell this was a bigger fish as the fight was epic,.....then I saw what I`d hooked, as It neared the net, a true monster roach, my knees did go into `jelly mode`....`please stay on I said to myself`........well, land it I did.<br /> <br /> <a href=""> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Super nut" src="" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> I called Mark and he calmly photographed the great roach for me in my shaking hands...after I returned the huge silver bar, I was congratulated and a handshake was this time the day was ending, I had to get back to check otter fencing and Mark had a long drive ahead.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Adam's Roach catch" src="'s-roach-catch.jpg" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Roach in net" src="'s-roach-in-net.jpg" /></div> <br /> <br /> What a brilliant day in good company, two-pound roach, or Twenty-pound carp, it is all relative ...make your own goals...and path.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Catch 2" src="'s-catch-2.jpg" /></div> <br /> Enjoy the countryside and your fishing. [I forgot to add, in the photos you will notice some red berries off of the bush near me, these were brilliant for the crucians...give em a go at the right time of year]<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Berries" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> By Adam Roots.............and Sam, this one is for you...!<br /> <br /> <a href=""> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Click to buy" src="" /></a></div> 0 Extra Large Hempseed Tues, 09 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT Ken Townley Our extra-large hempseed is aimed particularly at carp anglers who wish to lay down a widespread carpet of hempseed Our extra-large hempseed is aimed particularly at carp anglers who wish to lay down a widespread carpet of hempseed<br/><div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <img alt="Hempseed" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Being twice the size of our standard <strong><a href="">hempseed</a></strong> the additional density allows the user to fire out his bait a dozen or more meters further than were he or she using our standard seed. In addition it contains more food oil, is easy to prepare and when on the lakebed it resembles a snail bed. You can clearly see the difference between our standard hempseed (left in this photo) and our extra large hempseed (right).<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Large Hempseed" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Correct preparation is important if you wish to get the most out of your bait. Our extra-large hempseed can be prepared by soaking it over night in a saucepan and then boiling for about 20-25 minutes. Alternatively you can prepare large quantities of hempseed using the freezer box method. Personally I prefer to us the Thermos flask method.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Flask with hemp" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Half fill the flask with dry seed. A funnel comes in handy!<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Half fill flask" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Next pour on boiling water.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Add water to hemp seed" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> When the flask is full of boiling water and hempseed, you will note that the seed floats to the rim. This can make putting on the stopper a bit trickery but persevere until the flask is sealed.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Pour hemp into bucket" src="" /></div> <br /> Now you need to wait while nature takes its course. After 24 hours empty the flask into a suitable container such as a saucepan (if you think the seed needs further cooking), or a bait box, a bowl or a bucket.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Hemp in a saucepan" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> You should find that after 24 hours the hempseed will have cooked to perfection. This flask method causes much of the seed to split and show the white pulp inside the husk.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Flavours" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> The hempseed is now ready to use, however, many anglers like to enhance their bait by adding various attractors, such as salt, powdered flavours or, as shown here, with crushed chilli, also sold as chilli flakes.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Crushed Chillies" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> I am a big fan of chilli and I use it in a great many bait scenarios.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Simmer blend together" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Once you have mixed the seed and the chilli together simmer the blend for about five minutes.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Leave to cool" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> This releases the oil in the chilli and makes it much more attractive. Carp are not affected by the heat we detect when we eat chilli. In fact carp don&#39;t know what the Scoville Heat Scale is. Now remove the pan from the heat and allow the bait to cool completely.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Correctly prepared" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Correctly prepared your bait of Haith&#39;s Extra-Large Hempseed and Chilli should look like this. It is now ready to use.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Red Factor" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> You might find yourself in an angling situation that required that you fish are range, in which case you gain extra distance by creating groundbait balls of the chilli &amp; hempseed blend. This can be done using any of the following: <strong><a href="">Red Factor</a></strong> (as shown here), Rearing and Condition Food, <strong><a href="">Nectarblend</a></strong>, or <strong><a href="">SBF Mix&trade;</a></strong>.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Mix 50 - 50" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> The prepared seed should be mixed 50/50 with one of the dry ingredients.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ready to roll into groundbait" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> When the seed and the binder have been blended together with a spoon or a fork,&nbsp; you will find that the baits is now sticky enough to be rolled into balls of groundbait.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Groundbait ready to be used" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> The balls of chilli hempseed can now be introduced to your swim by hand, by catapult of by groundbaits sling.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ken's Catch" src="'s-catch(3).jpg" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> I have been using hempseed as a carp bait since Noah was a lad. and this new extra-large seed from Haith&#39;s really ticks all the boxes. I like to use the groundbait balls method when fishing on a river, as I find they sink well and then breakdown on the lake bed, releasing a stream of attraction into the current. Carp find this irresistible. Here&#39;s a much younger and slimmer KT with a pristine common that came from a tiny arm of the River Charente near Angouleme in France. <div style="text-align: center;"><a href=""></div> <img alt="Call to action" src="" /></a> 0 Red Monster - Radical launches combi boilie on the market Thurs, 04 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT Martin Puchter Tostedt. Robin Red® and Monster Crab are among the most effective boilie ingredients ever. In collaboration with Robin Illner, Radical has combined these ingredients into a new two-layer bait. Tostedt. Robin Red® and Monster Crab are among the most effective boilie ingredients ever. In collaboration with Robin Illner, Radical has combined these ingredients into a new two-layer bait.<br/>Radical uses the original Robin Red&reg; from Haiths in England for its red-green marbles.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><img alt="Red monster boilies" src="" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><img alt="Red monster boilies 2" src="" /></a></div> <br /> The Red Monster Boilie can be used as an instant bait, which quickly attracts carp to the swim due to its spicy aroma substances and produces catches without pre-baiting for extended periods of time. On the other hand, thanks to its high protein content of 31%, it is also ideal for creating long-term baiting campaigns. With the Red Monster Radical brings a boilie to the market that works on almost any water and at any time of the year. <div style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><img alt="Neon Boiles" src="'s.jpg" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><img alt="Red monster dip" src="" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> The Red Monster boilie product line comprises the boilie (16, 20 and 24 mm diameter), Dip, Pop Up, Neon Pop Up, Powder and Flavour Spray, as well as Method Marbles and Dumbles for Method feeder fishing. 1 kg Red Monster boilies cost about 12&euro; (recommended retail price).<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><img alt="Red Monster Catch" src="" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><img alt="Approved bait firm radical baits" src="" /></a><br /> <a href=""><img alt="Radical baits" src="" /></a></div> <br /> &nbsp; 0 Autumn Baits by Ken Townley Weds, 26 Sept 2018 00:00:00 GMT Ken Townley Those hazy heat wave days are now a distant memory but if, like me, you dislike extreme heat (where carp fishing is concerned) you have the consolation of knowing that we are coming into the best time of the year to be carp fishing, the autumn. Those hazy heat wave days are now a distant memory but if, like me, you dislike extreme heat (where carp fishing is concerned) you have the consolation of knowing that we are coming into the best time of the year to be carp fishing, the autumn.<br/><div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Hazy lake" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Yes, now&#39;s the best time to fill your boots! The next few weeks up to mid- or even late-December are among the best of the whole year as the carp start to take note of falling water temperatures, which in turn triggers an active feeding spree as they prepare for winter. However, don&rsquo;t make the mistake of thinking they are going to be any easier to catch!<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ken's Catch" src="'s-catch-1--2.jpg" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Now as we head into autumn the big girls - like the Le Queroy mirror in the photo -&nbsp; are coming out to play, the nights are drawing in and the temperatures are falling so now more than at any other time of the year you need to be on top of your game in order to be successful. Not only is your quarry at its most cautious and suspicious, after a whole spring and summer of heavy angling pressure, but you yourself are also likely to be under pressure from anglers who are competing with you. You need to find an edge over all the others fishing the lake so lets run through a few ideas that may ensure that <em>you </em>are the guy with the edge.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Trout Pellets" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Trout pellets and other types of pellets are nothing new; they have been in general use for years and have accounted for countless numbers of big carp. However they are now getting pretty hammered on most waters and I doubt there is a carp lake in the land where trout pellets have not been used before&hellip;So why am I now extolling their virtues? Well, they still have their place and as the carp get wise to a big carpet of trout pellets scattered far and wide across the lakebed, we have had to come up with more sneaky methods to fool them. Of late it seems that PVA bags, stocking mesh parcels and other tricks have been all the rage. However, there is so much more scope for pellets and related bait items as the autumn draws on and giving them a boost of attraction is one way to putting yourself in with a great chance of a big carp.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In the photo you can see ordinary trout pellets that have been treated with a light coating of Liquid Robin Red. They are then meshed in PVA stocking mesh and again doused in LRR (Liquid Robin Red) so that the whole mesh parcel is well drenched in the magic liquid.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Pellets" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Alternatively, why not try our Supersoft pellets, which are available in a wide variety of options including choice of colour and flavour. They are very different from the normal pellet in that the break down really rapidly and I describe the benefits of this here: <a href=""></a><br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Pellet baits" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> These are Robin Red SuperSoft Pellets that have been glugged in Liquid Robins: Green, Gold and Orange. Each have their own unique identity; they are not just the same product with a different colour, far from it. Thus by offering a variety of colours and tastes you can really spice (pun&nbsp; intended!) up the attraction coming off your bait carpet.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Variety pellets" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Alternatively why not try processing three or four different types and sizes of pellets? Here you can see several sizes of trout pellet together with some CSL Pellets, Hemp Pellets and SuperSoft Pellets. A blend of different pellets often works more effectively than a carpet made up of one type of pellet alone. Most of the top bait firms make dedicated pellets that are designed to compliment their own base mixes. For instance Dynamite Baits offers a large range of terrific pellets including their own version of a Robin Red Pellet, while Trigga pellets from Nutrabaits are also very effective.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> I like to blend together different sizes as well as different flavours, and you can spice up the blend still further by including both fast and slow breakdown pellets.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Hemp CSL pellets" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> This is a blend of hemp and CSL pellets along with trout pellets in several different sizes. The blend produces a strong smelling bait carpet that is constantly developing and evolving releasing a steady stream attraction into the water. This is due to the vastly differing breakdown rates, the hemp and CSL pellets breaking down in about 15-30 minutes whereas the trout pellets take up to 4 hours depending on size. Keep topping up the carpet of pellets on a little-but-often basis to maintain its pulling power.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Barrel bag of pellets" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Even good old trout pellets are worth a try and these days there is a lot of choice, from massive halibut pellets down to the tiny salmon fry crumb pellets. Again it is worth experimenting with various blends of shapes and sizes as well as blending pellets with different buoyancies. I prepare much of my bait many months in advance, storing it in a collapsible bait bucket, which accompanies me on every trip. It is kept in the car and I transfer what I need to a smaller plastic bucket when required.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Crumbed and chopped ready made boilies" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> My standard bait carpet consists of a blend of crumbed and chopped ready-made boilies of many different flavours, several types of pellet, and a scattering of whole 8mm ready-made mini shelf life boilie. I also add a light dusting of soy lecithin powder which acts as an antioxidant. I also have a sneaking feeling that carp like it too, though I have no evidence to support this!<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ken fishing" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> The bait carpet is invariably introduced by spod, which, believe it or not, I still prefer to the modern Spomb-type baiting tools.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Bait Boat" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Of course, for a man of my advanced age, a bait boat is infinitely less wearing and a great deal more effective, in my opinion.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Boilie Crumbs" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Boilie crumb is an excellent way of fooling ultra-cautious carp, but it can be a pain to make. However, you can use a food processor to create crumb very quickly and effectively. I use one of my missus&#39;s cast offs but I often see them at car boot sales, usually going for a song.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Boilie Chopper" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> There are now several manual boilie chopper/crumb makers on the market ranging from the huge (Ridge Monkey) to the small, and in my opinion, more practical like this one from Mistral Baits.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Mesh PVA" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> I use a huge amount of mesh PVA during the course of a year as there are times when a scattering of small individual patches of bait are far more effective than a single, albeit much larger bait carpet. I usually prepare in advance a large number of PVA mesh parcels during the winter months and these too are stored in an Expander Bucket. When I want to go fishing I simply transfer the required number of the pre-tied mesh parcels to a smaller container and when I arrive at the lake, all I need to do is catapult maybe a dozen or so far and wide around the swim. Then I attach an identical parcel to the hook to disguise the hookbait.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Catapult with bait" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> I like to use a catapult with softer elastic, which are more stretchy and fire these comparatively bulky PVA mesh parcels further than more powerful, less stretchy versions.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Micro mesh PVA" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> I use many meters of this stuff during the course of a year and I&#39;d be lost without it. In my mind there is no better way of presenting a hookbait than when it is sitting in a small individual patch of &#39;bits&#39;.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ground bait slings" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> For fishing at longer ranges I use one of those groundbait slings that are generally used for firing out balls of groundbait to extreme range. They work just as well with stocking mesh parcels, though these tend not to be as aerodynamic as a round ball of groundbait. This is my preferred sling, the Ballz-Out version from Atomic Tackle.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Catapult basket" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Pellets and paste make a deadly combination. Try laying down a carpet of pellets - these are our SuperSoft Pellets - and then fishing a little ball of fishmeal paste on the hair has accounted for loads of carp for me and the other field testers. As we have seen, the SS Pellets break down very quickly to form a lovely cloud of particles on the lakebed, and an enticing ball of paste fished over the top will usually bring success.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Stocking mesh" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> This stocking mesh package is usually regarded with a measure of disbelief by other anglers who seem to think it is too big. Perhaps they are right but as I mainly fish small venues these days perhaps my thoughts are clouded by that fact. Obviously you must prepare your stocking mesh to suit your casting style and the size of the venue. That said, this little bundle of goodness has put plenty of carp on the bank for me over the years&hellip;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ken's catch stocking mesh package" src="'s-catch-on-sotckin-mesh-package.jpg" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Including this one&hellip;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Washed out bait" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Here&#39;s a neat little wheeze for you. I am sure you have all heard about washed out baits, those that have been soaked in lake water so that much of the flavour, solubles and colour escapes from the bait thus making it - so they say - more attractive and less a cause for suspicion. OK, I&#39;ll take the latter but more attractive&hellip;really? Washing out all the attraction and solubles goes right against the grain as far as I am concerned so here&#39;s a different take on the subject I call it Washed - IN Baits. First place a kilo of bait in a decent sized bucket and then add the following:<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Goose liver Squid liver" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> A blend of Goose Liver and Squid Liver Oil. Mix the liquids together in equal amounts. You&#39;ll note they create a nice thick orangey bland of attraction.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Food liquid blend" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Pour the food liquid blend over the bait&hellip;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Flavourings" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> And add a dash of flavour. Any one of these will do though I really like the Vanilla Liquid.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Adding Betaine" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Add a touch of Betaine.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Water bucket with bait" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Now top up the bucket with water &ndash; preferably lake water but tap water will do at a push. Leave the baits to soak in the attractor-boosted water for 24 hours, adding more water as it is drawn into the baits. after which they will be ready to use.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Boilies washed out" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> 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. Not only are they big, soft and fluffy in texture but they also flood the bait carpet with extra attraction, which starts to leach out as soon as the baits hit the bottom.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Cheerio!<br /> <a href=""><br /> <img alt="Call to action" src="" /></a> 0 New Robins field test Tues, 25 Sept 2018 00:00:00 GMT Brian Mills It was the end of June when I had an email from both Ken and Simon, asking me if I would like to test a batch of already rolled baits. My first question was "whose rolling them" the answer came back that it would be Rollin Baits. It was the end of June when I had an email from both Ken and Simon, asking me if I would like to test a batch of already rolled baits. My first question was "whose rolling them" the answer came back that it would be Rollin Baits.<br/>Which was great news to me as Rollin baits are the only company I have trusted to roll my baits for me if not doing them myself? The baits arrived on 7th of July and as the heatwave had just started and I had hung my rods up until it was over as I didn&#39;t want to stress any fish I was lucky enough to catch. They were put in the freezer until the right opportunity arose to use them.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> A few day trips in late August was planned using my own bird food-based bait containing ready mixed Robin red, peanut meal, true milk proteins and 1 or 2 other bits and pieces saw me still blanking.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Then a trip was arranged with a group of friends to fish woodland waters at Ancaster nr Grantham. So, the plan was set and out came the Prochilli. My favourite base-mix out of the range but these were the ready rolled version.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<img alt="Prochilli" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Swim choice was made NOT because of fish activity, although there was some but made so as that all 7 of us could be close together not an ideal situation but it was social.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Lake" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Bivvy up and rods out by about half-past 3 saw 200 of the Prochilli baits plus another 100 of my own fishmeal spread across the front of my swim and sat down to await developments.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The first 3 or 4 hours was done fighting off the ducks and swans off of my baited margin Rod that consisted of hemp, red band, groats and tares in equal quantities. At 1 AM the swans had come back waking me in the process, by now I was getting rather mad at them scaring them off. I got back into my sleeping bag, then at 6 AM they are back and me getting out the bivvy and grabbing my new line of attack for them slapping the spomb on the water. Soon had them in retreat getting back into the bivvy and putting the kettle on for a coffee and doing a vlog entry. At 6:30 a single beep on my alarm had me thinking the swans had returned getting out the bivvy seeing no swans but my indicator rising upwards I brought the rod to its battle curve and soon had the fish landing in my net weighing in at 15lb 10 the prochilli had worked for me again. In my experience with this bait, it works everywhere I take it.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Catch 1" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Having a few baits left I had decided to use them up on my syndicate water so a day session was planned for the Friday. Arriving at the lake at the crack of 10am, saw me deposit the rest of the boilies into the swim. Fish pop up from feed stimulants over the top of them, 3 hours later the bobbin smashes into the rod at 13lb 4. Another hour later a 14lb 3 and then at 3pm a small tench.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Catch 2" src="" /><br /> <br /> <a href=""><br /> <img alt="Call to action" src="" /></a></div> 0