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  1. I always did well using their Monster Tiger Nut boilies, I make all my own bait now but wouldn't have a problem using them again. Their Scopex baits weren't bad either.
  2. I always get 2 licenses. How much money do they waste on sending 2 separate reminders and then send me my 2 licenses , again separately? How much does the EA waste on postage
  3. Hi all, I've just been looking through the Nutrabaits recipe guide, supplied with all bags of basemixes. I'm surprised at the low levels of sweetners used in comparison to the recommended levels of flavourings. Many of their recommendations include no sweetners at all. Do you think the quality of flavours has improved, whereby they aren't really required any more? I'm soon to roll some Trigga Ice, with Pinapple/N-Butyric Acid for the colder months. Several of Nutrabaits recipes which include these attractors have no sweetners listed at all. Yet to my way of thinking the Pineapple/N
  4. Is it best to use them sparingly, with just a few freebies scattered round the hook bait, like I would if using tigernuts.
  5. For some time I fished a lake that considered banning artificial baits, after a couple of terribly unsafe sets of end tackle were retrieved and handed in to the lake owner. At the time there had been 2 or 3 threads on here with pictures of carp that had been tethered and fortunetly rescued fron snags. Even with several years carping behind me, I had no idea at the amount damage these set-ups caused to even those fish that were rescued. The photographs were appauling!!! Until then, without giving the artificial baits much thought, I confidently used bright plastic corn in conjunction with b
  6. When making/rolling your own bait, do you have as much confidence in a flavouring you can't really smell in the finished bait, or one that smells O.K, or as you'd expect it too, after boiling Tha reason I ask is, the flavouring I have been using is now no longer made. Although it worked well and was quite detectable in the finished bait. The flavouring I've got to replace it, although similar, isn't detectable, even though I know it's in there. I'm not sure if all I can smell is the base mix or the eggs, or both. Can't say my confidence is very high in the finished boilies. Andy C
  7. While looking to replace my Solar Sweet Tangerine flavouring, now unavailable, I got a bottle of Solars Quench flavouring to go in my base mix instead. It contains a combination of Esterblend 12, Esterstrawberry and Esterpineapple. What are Esters, I'm sure I've heard about them in the past? It smells quite potent, yet pleasant at the same time, recommended dosage is 2 to 6 ml per six eggs. Thanks Andy C
  8. To be honest I don't think that not using artificials has made any difference to what I've caught. Instead of the visual aspect gained with fake corn, I've used bait dips, soaks and bait sprays to enhance the baits attraction, if needed.
  9. I'm thinking of trying Snake Skin in more ways this year, particuarly with more coating removed. How well does it knot(knotless knot) with the coating removed? Secondly,do you think I'd be better off using multi strand rigs later in the year, maybe once other more detectable types of hooklengths have been used a lot? many thanks, Andy C
  10. Good lead clip set up! And nice fake corn, of which I have just put in the bin!!! To be honest, it's only after reading this thread that I've realised how many fish have needed to be rescued from snags. Even though I rarely loose gear, I don't use artificial baits anymore as lots of lost rigs/lead set ups must fish on, after being lost, for a long time.
  11. Nick, is that a piece of artificial corn in the tethered fish piccy? Do artificial baits play some small part in this? Lost rigs with lead/leadcore or leader still attached, still effectively fishing with plastic baits on the hair, must contribute to some fish ending up like the one in your photo?
  12. On one side of your reel, probably next to the handle, there should be a small round tensioning nob. Try altering this with the reel in freespool for casting. Then let the lure drop 5/6 foot straight down from the rod tip into the water, set correctly the spool should stop turning as the lure lands in the water You'll still have to thumb the spool slighty when casting remember. If your multiplier has magnetic brakes, on the other side of the reel keep these set quite high for now, only try turning these down once your casting has got better. You may find you don't need to alter these at a
  13. I've just fished two day sessions on the same lake, in not ideal conditions. Friday was clear, no wind and cold with a hell of a frost. Saturday was the complete opposite, overcast and milder inspite of a strong easterly wind off the sea some five miles away. To get any runs I eventually ended up using tiny bags that had twenty 3mm pellets and one and a half finely chopped boilies in them. My reason for being so precise was so I could easily make identical ones. Over the two days I managed to get seven runs, four on friday and three on saturday, landing five of them. What's the smalle
  14. Tiger nuts have a habit of shattering the jug with smoothie makers. Learn't that one the hard way
  15. Just wondering if anyone knows if SBS Baits still do the 500ml bottles of Whiskey Link? Thanks Andy C
  16. It definitely does not make for a 100% Safe way of Fishing a Running Lead. I really experimented with Leadcore on a water over Christmas/New Year time, getting into the water to check its safety aspect with regards as to its twist and trapping Run Rings, beads etc on it. It does not take much for leadcore to become dangerous (Leaders Thread and another in Advanced Carp Fishing, sorry can't remember which one). Tubing it is then. I haven't used running rigs before, I usually use Korda Inlines/Leadclips with tubing. Didn't know leadcore was prone to twisting. Valuable lesson learnt,
  17. While using running rigs does leadcore create more resistance than lighter anti tangle tubing? Could leadcore possibly arouse a carp suspitions? Andy .C
  18. I've been wondering whether some carp have a better sense of smell/taste than other carp? I'm thinking along the lines of whether carp could detect rig components through taste or smell? For example, carp can find fake, unflavoured corn at night. So can they taste/smell rig bits, the plastic coating on hooklengths or the metal, the hooks made from? Andy C.
  19. Nick, have you heard of any instances of carp picking up the mussel lead? I had a look at these a few months ago in Brundall Angling and was told by one of the staff, that several anglers had suffered from the carp choosing the lead over the bait. I suppose this could give an indication that a water/lake would be better fished with natural baits instead of boilies though Andy C
  20. I think you really should wind the rods in, at least till the storm has passed. While fishing a lake near to Salisbury Plain a couple of years ago, I watched a tree get struck by lightning about 70/80 yards away from where I was playing a 21. No sooner was this in the net and 18 picked up the other bait.Time to break out a new pair of pants Unluckily good carp fishing and thunderstorms often go hand in hand. Though I think most peoples priorities, families and friends, should come before catching just another carp. Andy C
  21. Nick, I can recall seeing somewhere, baiting up with double boilie baits connected to each other with spaghetti Have you ever tried this? Andy C. Have a feeling it was me who mentioned it , either that or pulling PVA through the 2 baits. The pva connecting them doesn't dissolve when they are touching. Never thought about it in my life So it works quite well then Andy C.
  22. Nick, I can recall seeing somewhere, baiting up with double boilie baits connected to each other with spaghetti Have you ever tried this? Andy C.
  23. Have you ever tried Sufix Kameleon mate, it's made up from 3 different colours black, brown and green. The braid underneath colour matches the removable coating. Andy C.
  24. Have to agree with all of that. Like me, one mate who I fish with alot, takes over with the camera, when I've got a fish on the bank. He takes time to think about what he's looking at through the veiwfinder, will move around me/fish and tells me if I need to alter how I'm holding the fish, or anything else to get the best pics possible About the best I can expect off others I fish with, is having the camera pointed in my direction, push the button and hope. Andy C.
  25. I tend to stick to Kryston Mantis/Snakebite now as the coating is more robust. With some coated braids I've found the coating gives out, creating a limp/hinged point where knots are tied. Although sometimes I think you have try things out for yourself and see how it goes. If I had to pick just one I'd go for the Mantis. Andy C.
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