The Big Red Carp Fishing Blog Sat, 21 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT en hourly 1 Update: How to create your own customized or cultured hookbaits Weds, 04 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT Ken Townley A quick update on how to create your own customized or cultured hookbaits A quick update on how to create your own customized or cultured hookbaits<br/>An Update:<br /> <br /> You may recall the following article, part of which showed you how to create your own customized or cultured hookbaits.<br /> <br /> <strong><a href=""></a></strong><br /> <br /> So just as a quick update I thought you might like to see how the baits made for that piece have stood the test of time (well, about three months anyway).<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt=" I kept a few baits back to play with" src="" /></div> <br /> As discussed in the article I made my own baits and mentioned that they should be used within two weeks or thereafter be frozen. Well, in the hope that maybe I was being a bit cautions of the shelf life aspect, I kept a few baits back to play with and I have been very pleasantly surprised.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt=" I noticed that they had hardened up considerably and a baiting needle made hard work of piercing one" src="" /></div> <br /> The baits in the original article were made over three months ago so recently I decided to check a couple over to see if they were still intact and mould-free. I noticed that they had hardened up considerably and a baiting needle made hard work of piercing one. In fact I resorted to a bait screw in the end.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Next I popped the baited rig into a glass bowl of tap water. As you can see the culture started to break down within about 15 minutes" src="" /></div> <br /> Next I popped the baited rig into a glass bowl of tap water. As you can see the culture started to break down within about 15 minutes&hellip;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="and after half and hour it has broken down almost completely to create a lovely little pile of attraction right next to the hookbait" src="" /></div> <br /> &hellip;and after half and hour it has broken down almost completely to create a lovely little pile of attraction right next to the hookbait.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="And this can be the result if you give it a try!" src="" /></div> 0 Boilie Chops and how to Create Your Own Shelf Life Bait Tues, 05 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT Ken Townley Ever since Dave Moore put together the 'bait of the century', namely Big Fish Mix, red fishmeal and red bird food bases are the go-to mix for thousands of carp angler across the world. Ever since Dave Moore put together the 'bait of the century', namely Big Fish Mix, red fishmeal and red bird food bases are the go-to mix for thousands of carp angler across the world.<br/>Dave&hellip;take a bow&hellip;your baby must be one of the most successful carp baits ever devised, a fantastic bait that is catching just as well today as it was when it first hit the shops back in the early 90s.<br /> The red component of BFM is, of course, <strong><a href="">Robin Red</a></strong> but for some bizarre reason best known to themselves, a few (deluded) anglers have got it into their heads that the famous &#39;red stuff&#39; is blown&hellip;as if! Well, how about a red fishmeal/bird food bait that isn&#39;t red, and not only that, it&#39;s shelf life too!<br /> <br /> <a href=""> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Robin Red" src="" /></a></div> <br /> Most carp anglers will tell you that it is not possible to create a shelf life bird food/fishmeal bait as the open texture allows moisture to penetrate and start the breakdown process. This is not necessarily that case so here is how you can create just such a bait.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Bait ingredients" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> First of all, you need to make a balanced mid-protein base mix using ingredients sourced from Haith&#39;s Baits. This is my starting point; I will juggle the amounts about to achieve the desired binding properties and consistency. The photo shows the two base mixes each with their appropriate Robin.<br /> <br /> <a href=""> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Red Factor" src="" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href=""></div> <div><img alt="CLO" src="" /></a><br /> <a href=""><br /> <img alt="Provimi" src="" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href=""></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="PROTEIN CRUMBS" src="" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> 200g <strong><a href="">Red Factor</a></strong><br /> 200g <strong><a href="">Haith&#39;s CLO</a></strong><br /> 200g <strong><a href="">Provimi 66</a></strong><br /> 200g Ground <strong><a href="">High Protein Crumb</a></strong><br /> 100g Whey Protein Concentrate<br /> 100g One of the Robins.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> That gives you a kilo of base mix and you will require nine large eggs to process the whole kilo plus the attractor liquids. The choice of liquids is entirely up to you. For flavour, I like 5ml/500g Richworth&#39;s Tutti-Fruiti (who doesn&#39;t), and I add a dash of sweetener in the form of 2ml/500g Sweet Cajouser from Nutrabaits.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Tutti fruitti and Sweet Cajouser" src="" /></div> <br /> To add still more to the attractor package, I add 20ml of Sanchi Tamari Soy Sauce and the same of Feed Stimulants&rsquo; Amino Compound Sweet Fruit.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Amino compound sweet fruit" src="" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> Finally, to boost the nutritional fat content of the bait I add 15ml of Braham and Murray&#39;s Good Hemp Oil, which you should be able to find it in your local Tesco supermarket.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Good Hemp Oil" src="" /></div> <br /> Here I have made two almost identical mixes, the only difference between the two is that one is made with <strong><a href="">Robin Green</a></strong> and the other with <strong><a href="">Robin Gold</a></strong>.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Bait mix Robin Green and Robin Gold" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> The liquids are added to the eggs and then whisked to blend the two together.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Add liquid to eggs" src="" /></div> <br /> Then I add the dry base mix and slowly bring the mix together with a fork. Finally, you will end up with a ball of paste that is now ready to be processed.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Dry base mix added for mixing" src="" /></div> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Paste Ball" src="" /></div> <br /> Rather than make round baits as normal, today I am going to create what I call boilie chops. First, break off a lump of paste and roll it into a sausage shape. Continue until all the paste ball has been converted to sausages. Here you see sausages that are about to go into the boiling pan. You&#39;ll note that I add several at a time so as to keep the water on the boil throughout the time that the bait is being added.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Paste broken and rolled into sausages" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Keeping the water on the boil, quickly add all the sausages. Note that they are still whole. When all the sausages are boiling merrily, cook them for three minutes.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Boiling the sausages" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Turn the boiled sausages out onto a towel and allow them to dry for 24 hours. Here you can see the drying bait with the <strong><a href="">Robin Green</a></strong> versions at the top of the photo. After they have cooled and dried they should feel tough and robust. They are now ready to be turned into boilie chops.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Letting sausages dry out" src="" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="Chopped up Bait" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Now we come to the process of turning these chops into shelf life baits and it couldn&#39;t be simpler. Since my last Blogs on the subject of Glycerin, there has been quite a bit of chat and discussion about it. I first used it way back when Nutrabaits was formed and was I looking for something that would emulsify the company&#39;s range of essential oils. Bill Cottam, boss of Nutrabaits sent me a bottle of a clear, thick, sticky liquid to try and on tasting it I found it to have a slightly sweet note. I knew straight away that this was Glycerin. (By the way, my tests showed that it was indeed a very effective emulsifier of essential oils.)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> While testing it as an emulsifier I also noted that it seemed to have an effect on the shelf life of bait so I started keeping track of just how far I could go down the shelf life route using Glycerin. It turned out to be months rather than weeks and I have used it ever since, though I only let slip my little secret a couple of years ago as Bill had asked me not to let on that their own Emulsifier was in fact Glycerin.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> So here is the key to extending the shelf life of your baits. Simply add 20ml of Glycerin to the eggs prior to processing and a further glug of the stuff over the baits after they have finished drying. Here I am using a light coating and this will add at least 6 weeks shelf life to your bait. No need to freeze or air dry; simply add enough Glycerin to ensure that each bait receives an even coating. Note: There is no need to drown the baits in the stuff!<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Chopped bait with Glycerin" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> I simply put the chops in a bowl, add the Glycerin and the give the baits a good toss in the bowl to ensure each receives a coating of Glycerin. How much? Twenty mils for a kilo of chops should do the trick.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Glycerin on baits dried" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> After a few days, the bait will absorb all the Glycerin and they will be dry to the touch. If you want to extend the shelf life even further simply give the baits another light wash over, allow them to dry once more, and then bag them up&hellip; but NOT in a polythene bag, as this will make them sweat and mould can form.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Glycerin Dried " src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> I have found the best bag for my home-preserved chops is a sturdy brown paper bag as used by Haith&rsquo;s.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Paper bag to store bait in" src="" /></div> <br /> Ideal!.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Adding bait into paper bag" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> You will note that I have written the date the bait was made on the bag as I have dozens of such bags scattered around the office and I like to use in date order.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Write date when bait was made on bag" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> In fact, you may also like to note the date the bait received its Glycerin treatment as this will also help to keep the bait rotated.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Add date the Glycerin was added" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Here&#39;s a little tip for you: If you are using an attractor package that includes one of Nutrabaits top liquid foods, you might like to use their dedicated Liquid Booster instead of Glycerin ;-) .<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Alternative - Add Liquid Booster instead of Glycerin" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> I have had a lot of carp on bait preserved in Glycerin; I think they like the slightly sweet taste. Here&#39;s one I caught earlier!.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ken's catch" src="'s-Catch.jpg" /><br /> <br /> <a href=""></div> <div><img alt="Click to buy" src="" /></a> <div 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; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div> </div> 0 Boilie Morsels Tues, 29 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT Ken Townley Many moons ago I wrote an article for Carpworld outlining my strategy for making "boilie particles", which was a term used by Tim Paisley in a lot of his early bait pieces. Many moons ago I wrote an article for Carpworld outlining my strategy for making "boilie particles", which was a term used by Tim Paisley in a lot of his early bait pieces.<br/>Personally, I did not understand what Tim was getting at and as it later turned out when I asked him, he meant by this term any HNV bait that was created so as to mimic the action and appearance of a normal particle carpet using, for instance, pulses or beans.<br /> In order to carry Tim&#39;s idea through to its (to me) logical conclusion, I came up with the idea of particles made using boilie paste.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Boilie Paste" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> In the original article, we used an old Spong Mincer to create the particles, which were boiled in small batches and dried as normal.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Particles Offered to cat" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> The resulting &#39;particles&#39; were ideal in my mind and one of the pix we took showed my missus offering them to our cat, who adored them! It lead me to recall something the boss of Fox International at the time, Max Cottis, told me, namely: If you want to know if your bait is acceptable to carp, offer it to your cat. If the cat will eat it so will the carp, a maxim that has proved correct on many occasions and I have used this photo many times since to illustrate Max&#39;s point.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Hair Rig carrying boilie morsel" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> A simple hair rig carrying a single boilie morsel - my name for them - accounted for a number of carp from Salamander Lake for both myself and my missus.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Tat with a Salamander" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Here&#39;s Tat with a lovely Salamander near-leather.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Looking back over the years, more years than I care to mention, to be honest, I wondered if Haith&#39;s Baits users might be interested in an updated method of making boilie morsels, but first I needed to create a suitable base mix. I, therefore, came up with a simple recipe using Haith&#39;s Bait&#39;s ingredients, namely <strong><a href="">Red Factor</a></strong>, <strong><a href="">Haith&#39;s CLO</a></strong>, <strong><a href="">Haith&#39;s standard fishmeal</a></strong> and finely ground <strong><a href="">Haith&#39;s High Protein Crumb</a></strong>. The bait was rounded off with Whey Protein and <strong><a href="">Robin Green</a></strong>.<br /> <br /> <a href=""><br /> <img alt="Red Factor" src="" /></a><br /> <a href=""><br /> <img alt="CLO" src="" /></a><br /> <a href=""><br /> <img alt="Fishmeal" src="" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href=""> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="High-Protein Crumbs" src="" /></a></div> <br /> <a href=""> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Robin Green" src="" /></a></div> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Liquid Goose Liver" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> To add oomph to the bait I added a few of Feed Stimulants&#39; excellent products, namely Liquid Goose Liver&hellip;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Liquid Enzyme Treated Yeast" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> &hellip;Liquid Enzyme Treated Yeast&hellip;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Green Lipped Mussel Concentrate" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> &hellip;and their superb Green Lipped Mussel Concentrate. This is a full-fat version which is much more attractive than other types which have the fat content removed. I use this in virtually every bait I make these days, so highly do I rate it.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Concentrate added to base mix" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> The Concentrate was added to the base mix.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Feed Stimulant's Crayfish Flavour" src="'s-Crayfish-flavour.jpg" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> To flavour the bait I used Feed Stimulant&#39;s Crayfish flavour, a lovely well-balanced attractor that smells and tastes (in the finished bait) like eating fresh lobster.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Robin Green added to base mix" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> The <strong><a href="">Robin Green</a></strong> was added to the 400g of the base mix at 10%.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Adding 5ml of flavour to three eggs" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> 5ml of the flavour was added to three large eggs along with&hellip;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Adding 30ml of Goose Liver and Yeast" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> &hellip;30ml of the Goose Liver and the same of the Yeast.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Mixing the Liquid's" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> The eggs and liquid ingredients were lightly whipped with a fork before the final additions were made, namely&hellip;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="5ml of Superstim" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> &hellip;5ml of&nbsp; SuperStim&hellip;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="15 ml of Tesco's Good Oil" src="'s-Good-Oil(hemp-oil).jpg" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> &hellip;and 15ml of Tesco&#39;s Good Oil (hemp oil).<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Liquid and Powder ingredients mixed" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> The liquid and powdered ingredients were mixed together thoroughly using the wife&#39;s pastry blender (ideal tool for the job but ask permission first!).<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Bait formed into balls" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Next, the bait was formed into small balls&hellip;you&#39;ll see why in the next photo.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Electric mincer for a uniform particle" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> I am going to use an electric mincer in this experiment, hoping to create a more uniform particle. The small balls of paste are deliberately kept small so as o feed into the machine more easily.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Strings of extruded paste" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Here you can see the strings of extruded paste coming out of the mincer where they are collected in the same mixing bowl I used to form the paste. You will note that there is some dry crumb in the bowl too and this is there to help prevent the strings from sticking together.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Extruded paste strings cut up" src="" /></div> <br /> Once extruded the coated paste strings are separated into individual baits. This is easily done using a fork or your fingers.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Boiled Bait for 3 minutes" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Next, the bait is boiled for three minutes.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Bait Dried on a towel" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> It is then dried on a towel, again using crumb to absorb the residual dampness that is on the baits and to keep them separate.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Finished Bait" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> And here is the finished bait after it has cooled on the towel overnight. They are now ready to be used or they can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Spare lump of paste" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Finally, it is a good idea to keep back a lump of paste to use as lead wraps or as hookbaits (wrapped in stocking mesh).<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ken's Catch using the Robin's" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> And here&#39;s one I caught while testing the new Robins including <strong><a href="">Robin Green</a></strong> recently.<br /> <br /> <a href=""> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Click to buy banner" src="" /></a></div> 0 You've got to try Prosecto Insectivorous and Red Factor Sun, 20 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT Ken Townley Prosecto Insectivorous and Red Factor… Another bright idea from Haith’s Baits! Prosecto Insectivorous and Red Factor… Another bright idea from Haith’s Baits!<br/>If you have been around the block a few times - I&rsquo;ve been around it so often I am getting giddy - then you will have heard of the famous trio of bait ingredients that we call The Trinity, namely Nectarblend, PTX and the unsung hero, Prosecto Insectivorous.<br /> <br /> There is a blog about The Trinity elsewhere on the site:<br /> <br /> <strong><u><a href="" target="_blank"></a></u></strong><br /> <br /> I thought you guys and gals might be interested in yet another wonderful trick you can play on those crafty carp by using a simple blend of just two ingredients and a bit of flavour.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Bag of Prosecto" src="/images/blog/supercatch/Prosecto(1).jpg" /></div> <br /> Just look at that list of ingredients on the label of Prosecto. At a glance you can see it is going to be a prime ingredient in a boiled bait recipe.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="complex blend of goodies that makes up Prosecto Insectivorous" src="/images/blog/supercatch/complex-blend-of-goodies-that-makes-up-Prosecto-Insectivorous.jpg" /></div> <br /> Here you can see the complex blend of goodies that makes up <strong><a href="">Prosecto Insectivorous</a></strong>.<br /> <br /> <a href=""> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Prosecto Insectivourous" src="/images/blog/supercatch/Prosecto-Insectivorous(2).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="classic binding ingredient Red Factor" src="/images/blog/supercatch/classic-binding-ingredient-Red-Factor.jpg" /></div> <br /> On its own Prosecto is not sufficiently &lsquo;sticky&rsquo; to bind together so it helps if you add an equal amount of that classic binding ingredient <strong><a href="">Red Factor</a></strong>.<br /> <br /> <a href=""> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Red Factor" src="/images/blog/supercatch/Red-Factor(22).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="mix the two together" src="/images/blog/supercatch/mix-the-two-together.jpg" /></div> <br /> If you mix the two together in a ratio of 1:1 and then add water you will find that the <strong><a href="">Red Factor</a></strong> binds to the Prosecto allowing you to create both paste crumb &hellip;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt=" paste balls" src="/images/blog/supercatch/paste-balls.jpg" /></div> <br /> &hellip;and paste balls.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="paste ball has broken down" src="/images/blog/supercatch/paste-ball-has-broken-down.jpg" /></div> <br /> Clearly the applications of either option are obvious, especially when you consider that the crumb or paste balls will stay intact for approximately 30 minutes allowing plenty of time to introduce them to your swim by whatever method you feel is appropriate &ndash; Spomb, catapult, groundbait pouch/launcher, bait boat or even by hand into the margins. Here you can see how the paste ball has broken down almost completely after about 30 minutes in water.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="add your favourite attractors" src="/images/blog/supercatch/add-your-favourite-attractors.jpg" /></div> <br /> But it doesn&rsquo;t end there! Who&rsquo;d have thought that such a simple blend of two Haith&rsquo;s Baits ingredients could also be used to create boiled baits. How could anything be so easy! Just add the 50/50 blend of the two ingredients to eggs, to which your favourite attractors have been added&hellip;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="boil these for two minutes" src="/images/blog/supercatch/boil-these-for-two-minutes.jpg" /></div> <br /> &hellip;roll into your preferred size paste balls and then boil these for two minutes. Turn the baits out into a colander&hellip;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="dry them off with a hair drier" src="/images/blog/supercatch/dry-them-off-with-a-hair-drier.jpg" /></div> <br /> &hellip;and dry them off with a hair drier.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Turn the baits out onto a clean dry towel and air-dry them for 24 hours" src="/images/blog/supercatch/Turn-the-baits-out-onto-a-clean-dry-towel-and-air-dry-them-for-24-hours.jpg" /></div> <br /> Turn the baits out onto a clean dry towel and air-dry them for 24 hours. They will then be ready for use. Alternatively you can freeze them or continue to air-dry them.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="I think this is when they are at their best" src="/images/blog/supercatch/I-think-this-is-when-they-are-at-their-best.jpg" /></div> <br /> Personally I like to use my boiled baits within two or three days of making them, as I think this is when they are at their best, with the centres nice and moist and still as fresh as a daisy!<br /> <br /> Cheers<br /> <br /> Ken Townley.<br /> <br /> <a href=""> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Click to buy banner" src="/images/blog/supercatch/Click-to-buy-Banner(25).jpg" /></a></div> 0 Doppia coppia vincente Thurs, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT Donato Corrente Durante l’anno le carpe mutano le loro abitudini in base alla stagione in corso e il carpista attento che vuole continuare ad insidiarle con le proprie esche, deve per forza riflettere su alcuni importanti aspetti. Durante l’anno le carpe mutano le loro abitudini in base alla stagione in corso e il carpista attento che vuole continuare ad insidiarle con le proprie esche, deve per forza riflettere su alcuni importanti aspetti.<br/>Come oramai quasi tutti sanno, le carpe in Inverno tendono a limitare al minimo i loro movimenti evitando cosi di sprecare energia, il loro metabolismo &egrave; direttamente proporzionale alla temperatura dell&rsquo;acqua, quindi diminuendo quest&rsquo;ultima in automatic diminuir&agrave; anche la loro vitalit&agrave; e il loro desiderio di cercare cibo.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Setup - Spot" src="" /></div> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Mixing ingredients" src="" /></div> <br /> Ci&ograve; non vuol dire che non si alimenteranno pi&ugrave;, ma lo faranno con minore frequenza facendo trascorrere anche quasi 60 ore dall&rsquo;ultimo cibo ingerito. Senza tanti giri di parole dobbiamo avere chiaro dove cercare le carpe durante questo periodo di freddo intenso e per fare ci&ograve; occorre conoscere come funziona la stratificazione dell&rsquo;elemento liquido. Conoscere questo aspetto ci permetter&agrave; di avere qualche possibilit&agrave; in pi&ugrave; per fare strike e non solo in Inverno ma anche nelle alter stagioni.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Adding/mixing ingredients" src="" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="Mixture (Robin Red)" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Con l&rsquo;arrivo dell&rsquo; Inverno, la superficie delll&rsquo; acqua tende ulteriormente ad abbassarsi arrivando anche a zero gradi e provocando in questo modo un aumento della temperature direttamente proporzionale all&rsquo;aumentare della profondit&agrave; dell&rsquo;acqua.<br /> <br /> <a href=""> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Liquid Robin Gold with Five Spice" src="" /></a></div> <br /> Questo &egrave; un tema davvero delicato e molto personale per ogni carpista. Una volta individuato lo spot giusto e che risponde a tutti I requisiti citati sopra, consiglio qualche sessione senza pasturare per vedere se abbiamo qualche cattura.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="5 different ingredients" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Se la risposta &egrave; positive possiamo pensare di studiare una strategia di pasturazione. La pasturazione dovr&agrave; cominciare in un period idoneo, ossia non in Inverno ma ad inizio stagione alternando un quantitativo di granaglie misto a boiles in percentuale 70-30% e via via invertendo questa percentuale a favore delle boiles, fino alla scomparsa delle granaglie.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> I quantitativi non devono essere mai esagerati poich&egrave; il fiume offre gi&agrave; tutti gli alimenti pi&ugrave; idonei per l&rsquo;alimentazione dei ciprinidi, la nostra dovr&agrave; essere solo una integrazione modesta e dalla qualit&agrave; superlativa, quindi cerchiamo di scegliere boiles di altissima qualit&agrave; o se produciamo da noi stessi le boiles scegliamo farine fresche e pregiate.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Preparing to make boilies" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Fatto questo ad inizio Inverno, non dovremo sospendere la pasturazione ma almeno ogni due giorni lanceremo in acqua esclusivamente boiles per una quantit&agrave; pari ad 1kg e possibilmente di diverso diametro. Riguardo le boiles, dovranno rispettattare queste caratteristiche: buona solubilit&agrave; in acqua e quindi rapida nell&rsquo; entrare in pesca, profilo olfattivo gustativonutrizionale di ottimo livello e una presenza di alcaloidi.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Boilies" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Ho quindi deciso di impiegare per la realizzazione delle mie esche i mix gi&agrave; pronti della britannica Haith&rsquo;s precisamente due: <strong><a href="">Robin red &amp; Fishmeal base mix</a></strong> e <strong><a href="">Robin Red &amp; Chili mix</a></strong> con qualche modifica.<br /> <br /> <a href=""> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Robin Red &amp; Fishmeal base mix" src="" /></a><br /> <a href=""><br /> <img alt="Robin Red &amp; Chilli Base Mix" src="" /></a></div> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Boilies 2" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Partiamo parlando della prima miscela la Robin Red &amp; Fishmeal base mix. Questa ricetta &egrave; stata testata in un programma di sviluppo di 18 mesi. &Egrave; altamente digeribile, ricco di energia, nutrizionalmente bilanciato ed &egrave; compatibile con tutti gli additivi e gli attrattori pi&ugrave; famosi. Consiglio di impiegare 400 gr di mix ed aggiungere 50gr di caseina acida e 50 gr di lactalbumina. Dopo extra mix aggiungiamo gli attrattori che preferiamo in base al risultato che avremo in mente di ottenere.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Boilies (drying)" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Basteranno quattro uova medie e i cibi liquidi da noi scelti. In questa miscela in cui il contenuto proteico si attesta sul 30% sono presenti il pastoncino Haith CLO, Robin red ovviamente ed altri attratori e spezie.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ingredients" src="" /></div> <br /> La miscela Robin Red &amp; Chili mix invece risulta essere molto performante in questa stagione poich&egrave; contiene oltre al robin red anche il chili, miele e la betaina. Il suo contenuto proteico si attesta sul 28% poich&egrave; all&rsquo;interno troviamo anche farine di pesce pregiate.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Quest&rsquo;ultima tipologia di mix pu&ograve; essere impiegata tutto l&rsquo;anno come l&rsquo;altra del resto, ma personalmente la adopero quando la temperatura dell&rsquo;acqua scende sotto i 14&deg;.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Liquid Robin red &amp; Chilli mix" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Le boiles andranno lanciate sempre a monte e pi&ugrave; sar&agrave; alta la profondit&agrave; del nostro spot pi&ugrave; in su le lanceremo rispetto a dove andremo a calare i nostri rigs. Cercheremo di lanciarle anche a valle a creando un canale di pasturazione e quindi senza ammucchiarle. Il giorno prima di andare a pesca lasceremo riposare lo spot.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Controlliamo prima di inizare la nostra pasturazione che il livello idrometrico del fiume sia idoneo, basta collegarsi a Internet e controllare i valori, in questo modo non butteremo tempo e soldi.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Ricordando che l&rsquo;acqua pi&ugrave; &egrave; fredda e maggiore sar&agrave; la sua densit&agrave;, l&rsquo;esca pi&ugrave; adatta in questo period dovr&agrave; avere delle caratteristiche idonee a lanciare segnali di cibo fin dai primi minuti di immersione e con continuit&agrave;, poich&egrave; la maggiore densit&agrave; dell&rsquo; element liquido ostacoler&agrave; le sostanze pi&ugrave; solide e liquid contenute nella nostra boile, che faranno quindi pi&ugrave; fatica a lavorare nel modo pi&ugrave; adeguato in acqua.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Testo e foto di Donato Corrente<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Catch" src="" /><br /> <br /> <a href=""></div> <div><img alt="Click to buy banner" src="" /></a></div> 0 Wrapping the margins...and a dedication Tues, 08 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT Adam Roots Well I guess the title of this little blog could be misleading, maybe it could be construed as a new way of covert and accurate baiting in the edge, but sadly this is not the case at all but for sure it’s a great angling edge and one I am going to be using more and more due to its simplicity and effectiveness. Well I guess the title of this little blog could be misleading, maybe it could be construed as a new way of covert and accurate baiting in the edge, but sadly this is not the case at all but for sure it’s a great angling edge and one I am going to be using more and more due to its simplicity and effectiveness.<br/>As I have mentioned in the past I`m out for the day, as long as the lake is quiet and there is a chance or two I`m happy, to me a carp is a be honest I have no, or very little interest in angling upon busy circuit lakes where your very unlikely to have a quiet and peaceful time ...I feel I have to mention this as today we are bombarded with the mantra big is best, what happened to just getting out there in the great, this is what happened when I wrapped up the margins on a lovely water that&#39;s was shared with me by my friend Green Giant..<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In respect to my friend I`ll not say where the lake is except it&rsquo;s in the most extraordinary setting, yet in its own way is very peaceful. And so, after a thirty-five mile hop up the dual carriageway I finally pulled up and unloaded my kit at the venue, now this place is very affected by the wind and so I like to use this to my advantage and somehow find a way to get a little shelter. What I did was to park up the barrow and have a proper walk around ,and when I mean a proper check I spent a good twenty-five mins or so evaluating in my mind the pros and cons of various spots, in particular at one point I found a group of double figure fish straight away slurping down some bread right in close, but I carried on walking till I found the spot I felt gave me the best all round opportunity of trying out the idea of wrapping firm paste marble sized balls around the hookbait of my choice, in this case, made by Dynamite, called complex T.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> As this is a two rod only water I planned to wrap a simple bottom bait with <strong><a href="">Haiths Supernut ground bait</a></strong>, and literally walk the baited trap quietly down the edge to a pre-noted feature, in this case, a stick, for recognition if I got lucky... I reckon the margin was around five feet deep with the now strong breeze slamming into the edge I had chosen to bait...perfect...!!<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="Bait" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> I gently lowered the wrapped hookbait into the edge, plus five boilies and five small tangerine sized Supernut ground bait balls right on the money so to speak, I then walked my rod back up to my now wind hammered brolly and tightened right up, a healthy curve took upon the rod as the trap was set...<br /> &nbsp;<br /> As I mentioned, its a two rod only water, so the other rod was flicked across the lake on a self-setting combi rig, critically balanced pop up, and again only five or so freebies flicked out, scatterbaiting the distant past some people have expressed disbelief in the amount of bait that I don&#39;t use.....all I can say is that there is a time and place for everything in angling and I wanted to fish two completely different options and see if the <strong><a href="">Super Nut</a></strong> paste traps see I have confidence in my angling ability, it&rsquo;s not arrogance, just confidence,....something that cannot be bought or taught...<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Setup" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> The great thing about angling is there are no hard and fast rules, this was demonstrated when the pop up rig went off and a lovely ghostie common was banked, I thought about a picture ,but at that point the wind was a real issue and I quite like my nice Mr brolly, so I slipped it back without any fuss...this was to be the only take I experienced that day on the pop up, as slowly and surely a succession of carp on the paste wrapped bottom baits came to my net,...<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Catch" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Of course, no blog from me Is never the same until I mention food, and on this trip, I fired up some lovely mushroom and sausage fajitas made in the wind, anyone who has never used a Trangia, is to my mind missing a substantial trick, although I do have and use gas and then...and boy did they taste lush ....<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Food" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> On this trip, I have to say I was very impressed with the way the Supernut performed, I have great faith in it, plus it has been developed by one of the UK&rsquo;s best bait brains, if you haven`t tried it, I firmly suggest you do ...or you`ll be missing right out ...<br /> &nbsp;<br /> To further reinforce my faith in the Supernut, I took it to a lovely private lake with a proper otter proof fence in situ, remember in the Southwest the otter problem is so bad, the only way to safeguard the stock is with a decent fencing system...<br /> &nbsp;<br /> No fence, no fish... it&#39;s as simple as that...<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Now this lake, as I type this is being totally churned over by the head of the carp in the pool, the culprits are tadpoles, lovely free protein for a carp.... have you ever tried angling for carp when tadpoles rule? ...well if you have, I bet you scratched your head in frustration, as they can become preoccupied in them... in fact, most of the lakes pads were seen to be decimated by the urge of the carp to get at them.<br /> <br /> So, when I turned up to fish after work I wasn`t feeling too hopeful, but as always remember the confidence word...!!.... Angling wise I did exactly the same as from my previously good day session, except this was an overnight session id planned...similar tactics and baits as aforementioned except I was up against mother nature and her free food...Well, I was really impressed as during the night I had four lovely tadpoles gorged commons, plus a ghostie on the paste wrapped and five ball groundbaited philosophy. Nothing special, some may say till.... they try this lake when its tadpole time...<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Catch (Night)" src="" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Instead of using overgunned and stepped up sea fishing kit, treat yourself to some bendy carp rods ...and let everyone else cast over the fish.... perhaps I`d better shut up as that&#39;s the real edge, ...the edge and enjoyment...!!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Enjoy your fishing and the Adam Roots<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Now...I wish to make a dedication to my good friend and passionate Cornish carp angler Paul Oulton, who sadly passed away a few days a very young age...<br /> &nbsp;<br /> I first met Paul when he was trying to float fish the pond in the village and to be honest he was doing it all wrong, I offered to teach him how to plumb the depth ,and I didn`t know it then but a firm friendship was to be held, in short Paul, for a short while was my prot&eacute;g&eacute; ,and I mean for a short while because this chap was a carp angling sponge, sucking up and utilising angling knowledge at a frightening rate of knots....I have to be honest Paul was not only a very good friend but one of the best carp anglers I have ever met, yes I taught him, but he went onto great things catching forty pound carp all over the country including Kernow, not to mention several fifty-pound fish abroad, and countless forties ...<br /> Paul also used and did very well on Haith&#39;s products, so I feel it right to give my heartfelt feelings to his family and friends...<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Rest in peace my friend I`ll never forget you.... 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