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The best paste baits you will ever use

Tuesday, 29th April 2014

In this blog entry I am going to show you how to make one of the best paste baits you will ever use!
Thankfully it is a doddle to make, store and keep fresh thanks to its unique make up.

You will need the following:

150g Haith’s CLO
150g Haith’s Red Factor
200g any good proprietary fishmeal base mix
3 medium eggs
Some pure pineapple juice
A flavour
An essential oil 20ml (approx) cod liver oil.

The recipe:
 
Weight ingredients carefully

Weigh out carefully 150g Haiths CLO, 150g Haith’s Red Factor and 200g of a top-flight fishmeal base mix. One the scales is Blue Trigga ATS from Nutrabaits.
 
Break three eggs

Break three eggs and weigh the yokes and whites on a digital kitchen scales.
 
weigh out the pineapple juice

Weigh out the same amount – it doesn’t have to be exactly the same! - of pineapple juice.
 
attractors

Prepare the other attractors you will use. Here I am going to use Pineapple and Butyric flavour and Black Pepper Essential Oil, both from Nutrabaits.
 
Add a capful of the flavour to the eggs

Add a capful of the flavour to the eggs.
 
Add 20 drops of the essential oil

Add 20 drops of the essential oil.
 
Place the dry powders in a large, strong polythene bag

Now place the dry powders in a large, strong polythene bag.
 
Blow into the bag to inflate it

Blow into the bag to inflate it and then twist the mouth of the bag to seal it temporarily.
 
Powders have blended together nicely

After a good shake the powders will have blended together nicely.
 
Mix all the ingredients together

After beating the eggs to combine the pineapple juice, the flavour and the essential oil, start adding the mixed powders. Do this a bit at a time as the mixture will stiffen significantly as more dry ingredients are added.
 
Add the remainder of the dry ingredients and mix them

Add the remainder of the dry ingredients and mix them in and then allow the ball of paste to ‘rest’ for 30 minutes.
 
Add the cod liver oil

Now is the time to add the cod liver oil. This helps you to form the final paste without any of it sticking to your hands or the mixing bowl, and it adds still further to the attraction.
 
Split the finished paste ball into two halves

I now like to split the finished paste ball into two halves.
 
place each half into a polythene bag

Next I place each half into a polythene bag, squeeze out as much air as possible and then seal the bag using a heat sealer. You can pick these up very cheaply these days and they do make bait making and storage so much easier.
 
These can now be placed in the freezer

The two sealed bags of paste can now be placed in the freezer, and being sealed as they are they will not contaminate other foods in the freezer.
 
use the paste as a wrap that goes around the lead weight

Now it is time to use the paste as a wrap that goes around the lead weight. I have been fishing this way for the best part of eight years but the Fox Paste Bomb (as seen here) makes life a lot easier.
 
Simply mould the paste around the Paste Bomb prior to casting out

Simply mould the paste around the Paste Bomb prior to casting out. You will not believe the difference this makes to the local attraction close to the hookbait. Try it for yourself. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.
 
 the paste will last for anything up to two weeks if kept moist

From fresh or out of the freezer the paste will last for anything up to two weeks if kept moist in its polythene bag and not allowed to sweat in the sun.
 
Paste Bomb

Paste is a great way to draw attention to the hookbait and in addition to wrapping it around the Paste Bomb you can also wrap it around the hook, hair and hookbait/hookbaits as well. I suggest using double baits on the hair as this give the paste something extra to grip on.
 
paste-wrapped hook and hookbaits after being placed in a bowl of water

Here you can see the paste-wrapped hook and hookbaits after being placed in a bowl of water. You can see that at first it is the drab colour of the fishmeals that dominates the paste. Those aren’t egg yolks in the middle by the way. They are double Techni Spice boilies!
 
This is the same paste and hookbaits after 36 hours in soak

This is the same paste and hookbaits after 36 hours in soak. You can see that the predominantly yellow colour of the Red Factor and the CLO has dominated the drab colour of the fishmeals in the paste.
 
the carp is well and truly nailed.

Now I  bet all of you are saying, how on earth is that set up going to hook a carp when the hook itself is covered in paste? Well let me assure you that after just a few minutes the paste will be soft enough to allow the hook to pull through immediately following the pick up. Even if you don’t get a take straight away, even after several hours the paste will still be semi intact and as attractive as ever, but soft enough to do the business when you get a pick up, as you can clearly see from this photo. Look! The paste is still stuck to the double hookbaits but the carp is well and truly nailed.
 
Cheers for now!

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  • Comments

"Thanks For That Tip I Will Be Trying It" by
31 May 2018

I made the mix with red factor,honey red,hinders blitz,betaine,seven seas cod liver green lipped mussel flavering I'll let you now how I get on

" Comment" by
27 Oct 2014

Hi Charlie,

Sorry for the delay but I have been fishing!

Yes, it is possible to fish the paste on a cork ball, though I wouldn’t suggest tryin it with a plastic or rubber artificial bait as the paste is unlikely to stick for long.

As for how long it lasts in the water, well a lot will depend on how many small fry are present, as these will whittle down the paste in time so the more there are the quicker it goes!
You also need to consider the way you fish. If, say, you are using heavy leads for long range fishing or simply for better hooking efficiency, then there is the chance that the paste my come off as the cast splashes down. If this is the case I would recommend that you fish a hookbait made of the paste wrapped in a section of tights or perhaps Fox Arma Mesh.

Alternatively, why not wrap the whole hook, hair and hookbait in paste. Don’t worry that the fish won’t be hooked. If anything the fact that the carp cannot feel the hook when it picks up the bait means you get a less nervous pick up and you will get plenty of time to hook the fish as it moves off. 9 times out ot 10 the hook pulls through the paste anyway.


"Paste On The Hook Or Hair Rig" by
14 Oct 2014

great article is it possible to fish paste on a hair rig with cork balls and no bollies if so how long does the paste stay solid or maybe plastic bait with the broken down paste the same as picture shown after 36 hours many thanks charlie

Haith's customer services:

Hello Charlie - thanks for the kind comment. We'll put your questions direct to Ken... We'll come back to you soon...

" Comment" by
28 Aug 2014

If using this paste recipe on running water would you change anything ???

Haith's customer services:

Hi Stephen

Simple answer: No...Not a thing...

HOWEVER, a lot depends on the flow. In a strong current. I would use at least one egg along with the other liquids so as to make the paste ‘stickier’ and thus slow down the breakdown rate.

I hope this helps.

Ken.

" Comment" by
08 Jun 2014

many thanks, brilliant

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