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HoneyRed makes great boilies

Thursday, 15th November 2012

We have looked at the various ‘Reds’ previously in this series of articles and I have concentrated mainly on Super Red. However, there are three other variations on the theme and in this article I will be concentrating on Honey Red. All the ‘Reds’ are based on our famous all-species attractor Robin Red and in the case of Honey Red the bulk ingredients are the sweet and spicy PTX and the highly attractive Red Factor.
Fine ground Honey Red as a boiled bait

In a previous article I looked specifically at using fine-ground versions of the ‘Reds’ to form both egg- and water-based pastes and boiled baits, and as you can see Honey Red makes great boilies that can be tailored to your own specification using various attractors.
 
On the left of ground Honey Red, while on the right is the original version.

I use an industrial sized coffee grinder to reduce coarse ingredients to a fine powder. On the left of ground Honey Red, while on the right is the original version.

I want to look again at both egg- and water based Honey Red. I will be looking at making and using an egg-based paste using a Paste Bomb (right), while for the water-based application I want to show you how to create a Method Mix for a standard method feeder such as the one on the left.
 
Paste Bomb (right) and a Method feeder
 
Paste Bomb (right) and a Method feeder.
 
add whatever attraction takes your fancy
 
First break the required number of eggs into a mixing bowl and add whatever attraction takes your fancy.
 
Here I am using a spice oleoresin
 
Here I am using a spice oleoresin. This is very concentrated and you don’t need much, as you can see here.
 
Use a fork and beat together the egg and attractors
 
Use a fork and beat together the egg and attractors.
 
Next add the fine-ground base mix to form a paste
 
Next add the fine-ground base mix to form a paste.
 
The paste can now be rolled into paste balls and used as free offerings.
 
The paste can now be rolled into paste balls and used as free offerings.
 
Retain some of the paste to mould around the Paste Bomb
 
Retain some of the paste to mould around the Paste Bomb, and use a protective mesh around a pinch of paste to create an identical hookbait.
 
Close up of a meshed paste hookbait
 
Close up of a meshed paste hookbait.
 
Close up of the loaded Paste Bomb
 
Close up of the loaded Paste Bomb.
 
create a water-based paste
 
Just add water a bit at a time to create a water-based paste using the coarse Honey Red. This should be stiff enough to form groundbait balls or be used on the feeder.
 
Squeeze some of this paste around your Method feeder
 
Squeeze some of this paste around your Method feeder.
 
Use less water to make a looser groundbait
 
Use less water to make a looser groundbait rather than a paste.
 
The resulting groundbait should be light and fluffy
 
The resulting groundbait should be light and fluffy.
 
It should now be dry enough to compress into some PVA mesh without instantly melting it
 
It should now be dry enough to compress into some PVA mesh without instantly melting it.
 
Nick the hook point under one of the knots in the PVA mesh for casting strength
Nick the hook point under one of the knots in the PVA mesh for casting strength.
 
Once on the lakebed, the PVA mesh will melt
 
Once on the lakebed, the PVA mesh will melt. Leaving a carpet of tiny sweet Honey Red particles.

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