I was thus quite intrigued to see fellow Haith's Baits consultant and avid blogger Ant Woods writing about some very interesting ingredients from a Dutch firm called Feed Stimulants. A quick email to Ant resulted in a lovely goodie bag of attractors and stimulants for me to have a play with.
While I am familiar with several of the products on the company's product list, others are new to me, not least DMPT, silkworm meal, liquid goose liver and squid liver oil. In addition I was also sent a couple of oleoresins that I have not tried before, those of Fenugreek and Chilli.
Naturally I just had to have a play so I mixed up a water based paste of MarineRed and added a few drops of the chilli oleoresin and tiny amount of DMPT. the recommended level of this natural product is 1-3g/kilo so it's powerful stuff. DMPT is billed as follows: "In several lab- and field-tests DMPT comes out as the best feed inducing stimulant ever tested." High praise indeed but does it do what it says on the tin? (I'm coming to that!)
It was clear from the off that both the treated SuperSoft Pellets and the MarineRed paste instigated a positive response and it wasn't long before I could not see the lakebed, so clouded did the water become, stirred up by the feeding activity of the carp. Though small they are certainly active!
I had two takes in a short session resulting in a brace of nice commons and while it is early days yet, it certainly looks as there is considerable scope for experiment with the goodies I have been sent.