The Big Red Carp Fishing Blog Weds, 16 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT en hourly 1 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 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