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Everything posted by hutch

  1. I should have put a specific boilie, not bait, bait expands far beyond just the humble boilie, so they may stick to one boilie but will bring other items of bait in to play as and when they determine it is required. the best boilie mixes are generally balanced these days rather than being 1 specific type. Over complicate how ?? a carp is a carp right still has the same dietary requirements how it gets those can vary from water to water, I never said all flavours were useful just a high percentage, there are still some out there that are pretty good and companies blending them to a high
  2. If its working for you that's great confidence is key element to successful angling. I was just highlighting the fact that in respect of giving the fish something from the bait you are feeding them fish/meat based products are king, some of the nut products in use have there place as well to an extent. But they don't have a sense of smell mate, so pretty much all detection of items has to come via gustatory or chemoreception its the only way they a fish can detect what is food and what isn't, even a nut or bird mix will have something that appeals to them on 1 of those levels either v
  3. Like the others there is nothing like a good quality fishmeal to help the carp meet it's dietary requirements to keep them healthy. I have been on a water where they didn't really respond to fishmeals when I was there originally but I returned for a session last year and had 3 on a fish/liver bait. By flavour I guess you are meaning the overall smell of the bait ? , carp don't detect smell like humans do (some would argue they don't even smell as such but have a function is the equivalent), yes there some great mixes out there based on some of the above but they offer very little back
  4. This one could spin in ever decreasing circles for ever. People making bait expands to a massive circle not just big companies any more, the problem from smaller start ups will be pressure from there buyers to have a shelf life option the required finance to get it right will out way the quick fix fill it full of potassium sorbate option, bigger companies have invested a little bit of time and money to get this right (some will still cut corners to hit price though) looking at alternative methods of making it work. Some one mentioned dates on some shelf life's and im guessing these are u
  5. The buoyancy in krill meal generally depends on how much shrimp meal its been cut with, I have seen baits that are pushing towards 20% with the right quality meal, in a commercial bait I doubt there is any more than 5% in there, like Pete Springate I currently use it at 10% in my current mix.
  6. I used to think this way and i'm sure some people/companies do it better than others but there are some scary baits appearing on the market that are not much more than a lump of cereal meals and being preserved using preservatives that are no better than the ones from yester year. As with tackle there are money men floating round in the bait industry for a fast buck.
  7. Some really good posts on this one and covered a lot of what I would have put. But I will through this in although i don't believe they require nutritionally anything different maybe there feeding elements are more sensitive/acute to specific elements, so outside of what has already been mentioned like calcium and sweet based ingredients/liquids, possibly certain organic acids (original scopex & banana flavours were based on n butyric both known for catching out commons), aniseed EO is another one. Never knew that Vic learn something new every day, with that in mind maybe a bait
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    Stretch your budget a little and read this. probably one of the most inspirational carp books you will pick up http://www.littleegretpress.com/index.php?action=viewbook&id=162
  9. Must be a lot of upset carp that live in lakes that have had dye added to stop weed growth as that is predominantly blue.
  10. FYI: The stuff that is really buoyant has usually been cut with a cheaper shrimp meal, I use the Norwegian stuff which you can get away with up to 20% if the mix is balanced right, with the cheaper stuff (generally has a pinky tinge to it) anything over 10% can start causing issues dependent on other ingredients, major bait companies probably don't go over 5%
  11. Might be worth naming the company as some one might have experience of them Also any bait maker that is worth parting with your hard earned cash for, will have no problem giving you a breakdown on request of what your chosen bait is made up from, just a side note Nash's ingredients are listed on the bag
  12. How much do you value the fish you catch ? The boilie market is saturated these days so I can see why people find choosing the right bait very difficult. So will a cheap boilie catch fish most likely in the short term, but what about the long term a lot are made with cheap ingredients with no thoughts about how the fish will digest them or there long term health as most are devoid of anything that the carp can utilise once eaten, they catch by tricking the fish via usually a form of liquid based attraction, plus carp will not continue to eat stuff that is really hard for them to brea
  13. Excellent mate well done, post your catch in the catch reports Catch Reports July
  14. Be careful with Liver powder the quality of some is pony. The hydrolysed stuff from BAF is good quality also will PM you details of someone else who you can source it from as I don't want it to look like a sales/marketing post ... lol
  15. If your gonna use lamlac use it to replace the skimmed milk powder and drop it to 100 and add the 50 on to the semolina
  16. Some one i know sells a beautiful peanut protein powder, doesn't suffer from the high oil content you get with most of the ones on the market
  17. Yeap thats my preference for good fat content
  18. If its normal skimmed milk powder should be fine at 150 as it doesn't carry as much fat content as the lamb and calf replacers
  19. Not heard of any of them so can't comment im afraid
  20. Dont go mad with the liquids either as overloading them may make it softer, who's liquids are they ?
  21. So rough workings to a kilo, as a starting point 400g Fishmeal (or 40% as Nick suggests, also pretty much covers a carps dietary requirements) 150g Skimmed Milk 100g each of soya, semo, tiger nut flour and maize flour 50g Bodybuilding protein (its normally a WPC variant) And if you catch you have to put it in the catch reports
  22. Very sad news, one of the few that can be classed as a true carp fishing pioneer & legend RIP
  23. Ive seen this referenced as well
  24. Have been told its a sweetish smell, probably loaded with molasses, I love the fishmeal is present bit on the bottom of the bags ... lol, the texture looks rubbish as well from the pics i have seen.
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