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Preparation - part two

Monday, 29th April 2019

I will be the first to admit that I turn into a bit of a hedgehog as far as carp fishing is concerned: I hibernate through the winter months only to be rejuvenated by the arrival of spring. So here we are in April and once again I am hard at work making preparations for the coming months.
Hedge hog

 
Paste Bait
 
An important pre-season job is to make and freeze enough high attract paste to see me through the next few months. As you'll know if you have read my previous blogs, I am a huge fan of paste wraps, both around the hookbaits and also on the lead. I incorporate the optimum level of soluble attraction into the paste, the idea being that the attraction will leak out in the vicinity of the hookbait drawing carp in to feed.
 
Red factor with clo with liver powder
 
While the nutritional aspect of my pastes is not the prime requirement it is none the less important. I am certain that carp can suss out the nutritional quality (or lack of it) of the food items within the paste so I make sure I use highly attractive ingredients to make up the basic paste mix, mainly using a blend of bird foods and powdered attraction. I use a lot of paste over the course of a season so I usually make up the base mix in advance. This is a 50/50 blend of Red Factor and Haith's CLO with high levels of Green Lipped Mussel Concentrate and Liver Extract Powder.

Red Factor

CLO
 
Scotch Bonnet extract
 
Liquid attraction comes in the form of Soy Sauce, Robin Red Oil, Liquid Robin Red, Tutti-Fruiti Flavour and Scotch Bonnet Extract. This is fiery-hot, but carp are unaffected by the heat of chillies and carp are known to be strongly attracted to capsaicin, the active component of chillies.

Liquid Robin Red
 
Four red mugs of premixed base mix
 
Here's how I create a kilo of high attract birdfood paste bait in a few quick and easy steps. First, I put four red mugs of the pre-mixed base mix into a polythene bag: (Red Mugs! You what? See part one:
 
https://www.haiths.com/haiths-baits/preparation-part-one/)
 
Citric acid attractive powder
 
Next, I add to the bag a couple of highly attractive powders the first of which is citric acid. This is a highly stimulatory additive for carp baits. It enhances any fruity flavours and makes the bait more acidic, which in turn makes it stand out in the water from the surroundings. It has a very low pH of 2.2pH so it should only be used in minute quantities. I use 2g per kilo.
 
Lactose Stim attractive powder
 
The other powder is a concentrated sweetener. There are quite a few of these on the market but the one I prefer is Lactose Stim, a powdered very sweet flavour with a rich vanilla-like fragrance. This stuff really pulls the carp as it increases the taste of your bait and promotes digestibility and absorption of nutrients. Unlike with liquid flavours, the smell and taste of powdered flavours remain for longer because it dilutes more slowly in water. I use 10g per kilo.
 
Add 50ml of soy sauce
 
Now it is time to mix and blend the liquids. I like to do this in a separate bottle (an empty water bottle will do fine). Use a funnel to add the liquids to the bottle. First, I measure out 50ml of Soy Sauce.
 
Add to the empty bottle using the funnel
 
This is then added to the empty bottle using the funnel.
 
10ml of Tutti fruiti flavour
 
Measure out 10ml of the Tutti-Fruiti flavour. The original Richworth flavour is by far the best but is becoming hard to come by these days. It is very strong so do not to add too much or it will overpower the attraction. Incidentally, some of the John Baker flavours are worth looking at as very effective alternatives to the Richworth original
 
Add the 10ml of Tutti fruiti to the bottle
 
Add the flavour to the bottle.
 
50ml of Liquid Robin Red
 
Finally, measure out 50ml Liquid Robin Red
 
Add liquid robin red to bottle
 
Add this to the bottle…
 
Shake bottle to mix liquids
 
Now shake the bottle so as to blend all the liquids.
 
Pour the liquids from the bottle to an empty cup
 
Pour the liquids from the bottle to an empty cup.
 
Add tap water to the cup to make up 250ml
 
Top up the cup with tap water to make 250ml total liquids.
 
Stir to blend the water in
 
Stir to blend in the water…
 
Add the content of the cup to the dry powders
 
Add the content of the cup to the dry powders in the mixing bowl.
 
Ensure all of the liquid is used
 
Don't waste any. Every last drop is precious!
 
Mix the liquid and the dry ingredients to make a dough
 
Blend together the dry ingredients and the liquids to form a dough.
 
 Add a glug of robin red oil
 
Now add a good glug of Robin Red Oil from Dynamite Baits.
 
Adds more overall attraction to the finished paste
 
This adds considerably to the overall attraction given off by the finished paste and it also makes mixing a lot easier.
 
Mix it all together to make into dough ball
 
Use your hands to bring together the dough and the Robin Red Oil and then cover the bowl with a clean towel. Leave it to rest for 30 minutes.
 
Divide the dough in half ready to be frozen
 
Divide the dough in half ready to be frozen. 1,000g of dry mix plus 250ml of liquid ingredients creates a lot of bait and this is can be used immediately.
 
Put each half into a plastic bag and then place in the freezer
 
However, I feel that the paste works even better if it has been frozen so I divide the finished paste into two roughly equal halves which are bagged up into freezer bags.
 
Now you're ready for the Spring Summer months
 
Finally, put the paste into the freezer.
 
Kans catch
 
Now I am all set for the spring and summer months, hoping to catch a few more beautiful carp like his one.

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