|CAMO'S BAIT GUIDE|
|COARSE FISHING WITH THE ESSEX ANGLER|
|Boilies fall into three main categories fishmeal, seed and protein mixes,
fresh,frozen,air-dried (frozen ) and shelf-life.|
One other way which has fast died out, is to make your own, by this I donít Mean buying a base mix and rolling it, but buying the ingredients and making Your own bait unique only to you, hard work but very rewarding.
Recently there Seems to be a boom in eggshells crushed and added to base mixes to give bait A crunchy attractant, I would imagine it would add weight also to the bait, Making baiting at range easier, I have a friend that used to add silver sand (Childrenís play sand) to his bait to give it extra weight when fishing at extreme range "not more food for thought surely".
With so many additives on the market and flavours we are spoilt for choice, And "COMPANIES" making bait so many its making my head spin just thinking of them all, Premier,Nutrabaits,Nash,Solar,Mainline,Richworth,Mistral to name but a few. Back to baits shelf-life are good stand-bys, ideal bait for the beginner, or for that foreign holiday, it was once said that you could not make a decent fish-meal shelf-life, this has now been achieved by a Kent company no less. I have personally field tested this bait "it works" but there is no better than fresh bait, only this season I witnessed an angler have an incredible haul of fish while others around him struggled to catch, simply because he was making his bait up on the bank giving him the edge.
This is not always practicle but once again food for thought, when new bait hits the market by a reputable manufacturer these are sometimes worth having a dabble with I remember when Kevin Nash brought out his whisky flavour; I was at Linch Hill at the time and it took the place apart, coincidence I do not think so, the Carp loved it something new. Needless to say I was not on this new wonder bait, I still caught but struggled, even though before and after this session I caught plenty, Boilies are the mainstay of modern Carp fishing and will be for years to come, and long may they reign supreme.
With common sense, watercraft and knowledge they will not fail you.
Just to add a small piece to what I have already said,
in general I would normally advocate in buying quality bait from a reputable manufacturer, but sometimes when the venue you have decided to tackle, has a bait outlet in the area you can almost guarantee that their bait is constantly used, in these circumstances it may be an idea to give that bait a try. But as I have already said something new on water seems to pull fish from all over the lake, saying this I strongly believe that the right bait, placed in the right spot, by this I mean where carp are known to feed will out-fish any other, so as Kevin Nash puts on his bait packets, fish well and I guarantee you will catch.
Just to prove my point, last season I was given some bait to field-test for a local manufacturer. Even dropping it out to my swim (how kind) a new protein mix, on doing so I was soon dropping it into one of my favoured spots, and at 08-30am the following morning that rod was off, as I only used the bait on one rod. After a tense battle the fish was in the folds of my net, a 30lb-2oz common. I was soon on the phone placing an order; two weeks later I was on the same swim fishing my usual spots though using my old baits, the following morning a little later at 11-30am (canít trust these alarm clocks) off went my buzzer.
After what seemed like eternity the carp was safely in my net, but it was not until I was about to weigh the fish, when I recognized it as the same fish that I caught a fortnight before, (I always try to unhook my fish whilst still in the water)
On weighing the fish it had lost weight it now took the scales to 28lb-2oz, thus proving my point good bait in the right spot will catch.
Good fishing & tight lines