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Chum mixers?

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Where can you buy these now? I used to get a cheap sack of them from lidl but they've stopped selling them now. I also looked in tescos for the pedigree ones but can't find them either, does anyone know where else I could try? If you fish with dog biscuits what ones do you use? I've always used chum mixers myself but I think I might have to give something else a try lol

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Have a look to see if you have a pets at home anywhere near you, or something similar. I just typed in "pedigree chum" on ebay and lots of the chum mixers come up, not sure on the price as i havent purchased them before.

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Tescos and Sainsbury's mixers are almost identical to Chum Mixers, and actually float better than the Chum ones which were rebranded a few years ago.

 

Various other dog biscuits float, but my favourite for fishing are Bakers Complete, the big meaty chunks as hookbaits, and the others as freebies.

Or try 11mm Expander Pellets, either your local tackle shop, or maybe an animal feed supplier near you.

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You can still get them at tesco ... chum mixers standard size are best ... if prepared propley nothing else comes close to hooking fish on them and i have tried them all.

Bakers are ok but best drilled and used on a hair ... when soaked you still have to ram the hook throu them and this can lead to missed bites as the hook does not pull throu as easy as a mixer.

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I know plenty of anglers who have used whatever they buy for their dog. I think most float. Main brands can be expensive.

There are specialist animal feed shops around, the sort that supply the horsey/gun dog set. They often stock brands not available in the supermarkets.

Chudleys was a brand that I think used to be used.

 

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I've got a local livery/pet place where I get my particles, I know they sell mixers in big sacks but I've never tried them, I quite liked the Tesco biscuits, after chum mixers went down hill they were the only half decent replacement I could find :(

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any old mixer will do the job but bait band them on, as they soften the band will start to cut thru them and when they pop off that is the time to put a new one in.

+1 for bakers tho, i am with nick on that as the big meaty ones hair rigged will leech oils and gravy onto the surface and you get a little calm area round the bait.

free lined they are like a little ledger and will carry your hook quite a way with a light flick, enables you to get the drop on those couple of biggies that always seem to cruise just out of range  :lol:

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I might open my mouldy wallet later then :) they have tuna, chicken and beef in my local Tesco, I look at them every time I've been in for mixers but I've always passed them up :wink: I've always been particularly drawn to the tuna ones so i'll grab a bag on the way to the lake later :wink:

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Only problem is using them as hookbait so but once they are feeding it shouldn't matter what you put out. I was catching them on big chunks of bread crust amongst the tiny cat biscuits. Plus the fish pass them very quickly so they don't get full. They just keep feeding. 

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I'll agree the small cat biscuits really get then troughing. With smaller surface feed I still mix in some larger dog biscuits to match what I have on the hook. If they seem to be getting pre-occupied on the smaller feed, I've had results by scaling down the hook bait to a fox zig aligna in brown.

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I ended up in a pets at home store yesterday, I went to get some mixers, it turned out to be an impossible job, they had so much stuff in there and in the end I gave up looking for what I wanted, I didn't have time to browse as I was on my way to a lake :wink:

I did find some catfood biscuits though, purina 'go cat' in a yellow bag, I picked up 4k of tuna and herring flavour as that one looked the most fishy ;)

 I didn't do any floater fishing yesterday but I did fire a few out and I was most impressed by the oil slick they gave off, they had enough oil in them to flatten quite a big ripple and its easy to see why the carp would go mental for them :wink:

its warming up a bit later in the week so i'll see if they are any good then :)

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the bolt machine from nash works exactly the same, I've actually done a couple of home made controllers made from old branches so they look more natural, they work well too plus they are free :)

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