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Gaffa22

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  1. The Shimano are definitely worth a look, I have some TX9 for long distance but all the Shimano range use very good quality Japanese carbon which they can buy at a good price, and therefore produce rods that give excellent value for money
  2. I don’t use man made flavours either Carpmaster, I prefer to use additives that give off food signals, and investigation triggers. As you probably know fish don’t smell like us, as smell is attributed to scent in the air. fish use olfaction, the reason most flavours work is because they are either acidic or alkaline and therefore detectable by the fish and are considered investigation triggers. i like additives like belachan and fish sauce, so not concerned about them staying fresh as they are pretty rotten to start with as they are partially decomposed already.
  3. Yes indeed there were some characters on there, and some great discussions on bait
  4. I used the PeteB mix and my variations of it for quite some time, I still have several kilos of belachan block kicking about 😀. Were you on the black forum carpepecheur ?
  5. I started the other way round, there were no base mix’s when I started or ready made boilies come to that. so I spent many years trying to come up with the ultimate recipe, then I started working with a few like minded mates, we were buying ingredients in 25 kilo sacks and 15 dozen eggs at a time. Eventually a couple of the mates gave up fishing so I was back on my own, I had come to realise there was no such thing as the ultimate base mix, all the theories and scientific papers I have read over the years can be debunked in a real fishing situation. Even Fred Wilton’s HNV theory is full of holes. So as satisfying as it is making it all yourself, I no longer see any advantage in doing the base mix’s. I do prefer to roll them myself as most commercially made baits are boiled too long and are too hard. I can also tweak the additives and add my own little special tweaks. I think what you are doing is great and perfect for an intimate water where you can watch the fish and see the patrol routes and their reaction to your different shapes, I’m currently fishing a large windswept gravel pit where I need to use quite a bit of bait to pull them down and hold them in a swim.
  6. It should look tidy it’s Cell 😀 I used to make all my own base mix’s but then I was rolling 200 kg for 4 of us now I just roll for myself I buy ready made base’s It’s more expensive but I still manage to roll top end bait for £4.25 a kilo
  7. I admire your patience, the most adventurous I get is making barrels but then I do have a Machine
  8. I used to think colour did not matter until I had first hand experience. i wasn’t using pop ups as such but topped bottom baits, I’d been catching well with white toppers, then one weekend I could not get a bite yet I was on fish. Eventually I changed the toppers on one rod to Orange and caught two fish very quickly. So now I do vary the colours, to see if they prefer one to the other.
  9. I have used Gardner PRO and Gardner GTHD, I use the PRO for distance casting in 15lb where no leaders allowed, this was recommended by Terry Edmunds, when I had casting lesson with him. It casts very well as its very supple, but lacks a bit in abrasion resistance for the same reason.
  10. Nah Sweetcorn Kid was carping at the Sanctuary lake in France 2 weeks ago
  11. Hi all, new poster to this forum, been lurking for awhile, I recognise a few of you from other forums, I am chanmenie on the carpforum, and the old Cemex / Anglers forum, and was Gaffa on the now defunct Black forum. certainly not new to carping as started in the 1970's, I do know a bit about bait and making the stuff as have been rolling bait since 1980, and now have a rolling machine and automated cutter. I like fishing big waters and am a member of two syndicates. looking forward to joining in
  12. Here’s mine loaded for a few days
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