By food oil I mean an oil that is of nutritional benefit to the carp, one that contains the beneficial Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
These are invariably based on marine creatures such as fish and crustaceans. Pure Salmon Oil and good old Cod Liver Oil are ideal.
Now oils have been used in carp baits since the Arc was launched and with good reason as they are a prime source of polyunsaturated fats which are not only good for humans, they are good for carp too. However it must be borne in mind that all oils are insoluble and carp do not possess a receptor that can detect them. Those bad old days when an oil slick covered the surface of lakes from Kent to Kendal were largely exercises in futility.
However, we can use oils to carry food particles that carp CAN detect into the water column. Used like this they can be hugely effective in drawing carp towards our bait.
Incidentally, food oils can also be used as a glug to extend the life or fresh baits by protecting them, albeit temporarily, against airborne bacteria which could cause the bait to go off.
I use oils in order to spread the food message via the tiny detectable food items carried in the oil. Specifically this is how I use oils, in this case Squid Liver Oil, to carry particles of SuperSoft Pellets into the water column. First I mix the food oil and a liquid food additive, in this case Liquid Oyster Extract (NB: not Oyster Sauce, which is nothing like as effective). These are mixed together in a clean bottle and 20g of Green Lipped Mussel Extract is added. The bottle is given a good shake to distribute the GLME evenly and then the SuperSoft Pellets Green Lipped Mussel are given a good glugging!
Once introduced to your swim the pellets will break down slowly and the Squid Liver Oil will carry their attraction, and that of the GLME into the water column. At the same time the free aminos in the Oyster Extract will also work their magic, contributing still further to the overall attraction.
So, next time you buy a sachet of our SuperSoft pellets and want to slow the break down rate, try this simple trick. It boosts attraction AND slows breakdown...Can't be bad!