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   Old Thread  #478 1 Aug 2020 at 8.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Much as Iím embarrassed to admit it; I find that the Ridge Monkey eezeknot works a treat with my putting pop ups on with floss even if though it makes that bell in my hat sound shriller than usual.
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   Old Thread  #477 1 Aug 2020 at 6.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Cheers
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   Old Thread  #476 31 Jul 2020 at 2.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yeah will be fine
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   Old Thread  #475 31 Jul 2020 at 10.53am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Im just about to run out of my S2 corkballs.

Iím going to go for the smaller ones this time. Will they hold up a size 5 hook ok on a multi rig?

Would the crushed corks be more buoyant?

Maybe I should get the CCs and trim them down?
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   Old Thread  #474 30 Jul 2020 at 9.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Ricci again, with Blackspot spawned out at 54lb+. Second time he's had it, it's something like the eighth time the biggest fish in there has been caught on our hook baits (7 x on S2). First time it's been caught on the garlic as far as I know.

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His work mate Charlie had the big common out of Larky at 50lb+ on an S2 cork ball a couple of days later. New PB's for both.

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   Old Thread  #473 30 Jul 2020 at 9.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I hope you are all well and catching. I've not really had much chance to get on here for a while... Works been maniac.

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40lb+ S2 13mm cc

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Loads of recent photos of Ricci, top rod by some way on Wingham this Spring. All GPB1 CC pop ups or 13mm balanced. Most of these are 40's or upper 30's.

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   Old Thread  #472 5 Jul 2020 at 2.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Tie them on with floss maybe?
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   Old Thread  #471 4 Jul 2020 at 7.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Bait drill be your best bet mate
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   Old Thread  #470 4 Jul 2020 at 6.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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found a pot of s2 corkballs In the shed and Iíd say they are 18 months old.
They are rock hard to the point I am seriously struggling to get the bait screw into them.

Any tips to soften them up a bit?
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   Old Thread  #469 3 Jul 2020 at 1.03pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If you have lost your sense of taste?

Seriously Iíd get a covid test done ASAP for peace of mind.

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   Old Thread  #468 3 Jul 2020 at 12.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Your not from Leicestershire are you?
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   Old Thread  #467 3 Jul 2020 at 12.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Like that the day I unwrapped them.
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   Old Thread  #466 3 Jul 2020 at 10.44am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Never had a problum with the s2 cc or cb smell nice and taste lovely and done well on the gpb1 the 1st batch i had of the gpb1 what started turning were evan better spoke to mark about them turning and he sent a new pot out straight away as he forgot to put the stabilizer in the 1st pot haha
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   Old Thread  #465 3 Jul 2020 at 10.33am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #464 3 Jul 2020 at 9.56am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #463 3 Jul 2020 at 9.46am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You haven't got a dry cough as well have you?
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   Old Thread  #462 3 Jul 2020 at 9.39am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Mate if your S2's don't taste of anything there is something up with them. S2's taste lush!
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   Old Thread  #461 3 Jul 2020 at 9.36am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Iíve used the S2 for a while, so not new to the baits and they have been consistent. I bought the Garlics when they were released and never really gave them a chance, but I see they have a strong following on here. They have been in the sealed tub with all my other hook baits no moisture. Maybe Iíll buy another pot to compare.
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   Old Thread  #460 3 Jul 2020 at 7.18am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just to add the S2 have a sweet caramel taste and a reasonably strong smell.

Have you had yours open in moisture?
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   Old Thread  #459 3 Jul 2020 at 7.15am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I wouldnít be putting the garlic ones into my mouth.

Itís all I use now, Iíve found the S2ís work well with and in bags. The garlics seem better over bait.

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   Old Thread  #458 2 Jul 2020 at 11.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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My CC S2's don't taste of anything, not much smell either, still not caught on them.
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   Old Thread  #457 2 Jul 2020 at 8.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I was thinking with all the talk of how revolting the smell from the fermented garlic hemp was they might kick up a bit too. Perfectly willing to accept that my nose may have no relation to what a carp senses, was just curious as to others experience.
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   Old Thread  #456 2 Jul 2020 at 8.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Mine have a very subtle but "weird" smell, couldn't begin to compare it to anything and it certainly doesn't make me want to eat them! S2 on the other hand...
They (GPB) do seem to work though
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   Old Thread  #455 2 Jul 2020 at 8.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Now I know Iím not a carp, but do the garlic baits that you guys have smell/taste of anything? I bought during the rush when they were first released but never had a fish or much confidence in them. They have a very faint smell of the S2 baits and if I pop one in my mouth, pretty much nothing. S2ís on the other hand smell like caramel and taste very sweet.
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   Old Thread  #454 2 Jul 2020 at 5.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Iíve used old ones on a runs water and had runs.

I still change them daily on my syndicate buts just down to confidence Iím sure they would be fine.

I usually crush the old ones up and bag them
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   Old Thread  #453 2 Jul 2020 at 2.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks Yonny.

Main reason I ask is Iíve just got the rods out after a week in the rod bag.
Both baits still on and look slightly washed out but smell is there, just wondered how effective the probiotic ingredient still is....
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   Old Thread  #452 2 Jul 2020 at 2.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I throw mine once they're reeled in but I'm happy to leave them out 48 hrs+ if appropriate.

I've reeled in after 48 hours-ish and the smell is still there, but obviously a bit washed out.
I don't doubt they'll catch if re-used, but I prefer to go fresh each time.

EDIT - must have missed that Yonny


Question for Mark then - just dry them off with kitchen roll & back in the tub?
Need to keep the rest dry right?

This won't go for my bottom baits either - no cork!
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   Old Thread  #451 2 Jul 2020 at 2.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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See post 247 mate.
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   Old Thread  #450 2 Jul 2020 at 2.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Couple of questions on the Garlic crushed corks....

How long do you think the flavour is effective for?
Would you leave the same hook bait out for a week say?
Would you use the same hook bait over two sessions a week apart?

Be interested to see what people think....
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   Old Thread  #449 24 Jun 2020 at 11.08am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Spencer, S2 crushed corks.

41lb10oz

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   Old Thread  #448 24 Jun 2020 at 10.40am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi Dan, your order from last Thursday has gone this morning, should be there tomorrow, or Friday morning latest.

We are still getting all orders out within seven days currently.
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   Old Thread  #447 24 Jun 2020 at 10.37am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You too Christopher, well done mate good angling. Your whites went this morning.
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   Old Thread  #446 24 Jun 2020 at 10.36am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well done Dean, good angling mate, keep smashing them.

Thank you for the kind words too.
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   Old Thread  #445 23 Jun 2020 at 5.03pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Text him on his phone and he will get back to ypu mate
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   Old Thread  #444 23 Jun 2020 at 3.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Anyone know what the lead time is at the min? Orderd some hook baits last week and wondering how long till I get them? Doesn't seem to be easy to contact him.
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   Old Thread  #443 23 Jun 2020 at 2.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well pleased with the hookbaits thanks Mark, cant say what i actually had due to publicity rules but managed 5 fish in 2 nights on the garlics on a water where 15 fish a season is a right result....

Just ordered some S2 whites to try hopefully theyll be here by next weekend when i am next out...
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   Old Thread  #442 21 Jun 2020 at 12.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Just want to say a big thanks to mark done 3 sessions on the s2 13mm pink crushed cork recently which I bought off him ages ago and never got round to giving them a proper go.. bad mistake on my part as on my first session I had a 35.4lb mirror and a 33lb common. Next time out I had a 31.12lb common and my latest trip I had the big common out at 49lb. Sent mark a picture of the big common this morning but due to a publicity ban on the water I cant post them up. The lake in question is full of old leneys and the mirror I had is as old as the hills and a very rare visitor to the bank. If you've not given Mark's specials a go then your missing out
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   Old Thread  #441 12 Jun 2020 at 11.14am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
45lb+, a very sort after common. S4 13mm crushed cork.

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   Old Thread  #440 10 Jun 2020 at 11.27am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Pink S2

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White S3

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GPB1 crushed cork.

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GPB1 balanced 13mm

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   Old Thread  #439 5 Jun 2020 at 9.57am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi Tony, sorry for the late reply, I replied just now.
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   Old Thread  #438 2 Jun 2020 at 8.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi Mark,

I dropped you a pm the other day. I appreciate you're exceptionally busy, but just let me know if it didn't arrive, otherwise I'll just wait for your reply. Thanks mate
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   Old Thread  #437 2 Jun 2020 at 1.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thank you Sir, still a really fast turnaround especially considering how busy you must be! I look forward to using then.
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Triple Row. 49lb10oz... 12mm white S2 cork ball.

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   Old Thread  #435 2 Jun 2020 at 11.39am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi Chris, they went today, should be there tomorrow/Thurs. We are stupidly busy now, but at the moment everything is still going out of the door within a week.
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No mate, the virus has made a lot of plans have to be put on the back burner for now.

I was meant to be getting married in two weeks time in paradise... That along with so much else has had to be cancelled till a later date. Some fishing that I've been trying to get sorted out for over a decade now, has also suffered because of the poxy virus. And now work is incredibly busy indeed.
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   Old Thread  #433 1 Jun 2020 at 11.34am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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any idea on lead times at present? Ordered some garlic last week just wondered when i will likely recieve them? I guess you are snowed under at present
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   Old Thread  #432 29 May 2020 at 12.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Just brought all my kit to start making my own bait please donít tell me a s2 freezer bait on the way Hopefully they will do a basemix. If his hookbaits are anything to go buy they will be winners.
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   Old Thread  #431 28 May 2020 at 7.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Any news on the S2 freezer baits ?
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   Old Thread  #430 28 May 2020 at 6.00pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Itís cleared me a spot in days on my local lake
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   Old Thread  #429 27 May 2020 at 5.39pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Some incredible looking carp getting caught!
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   Old Thread  #428 27 May 2020 at 5.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
40lb GPB1 13mm balanced.

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35lb Black Swan 12mm S2 white cork ball.

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Sorry Joe I've not managed to get on here for a while, we've been so stupidly busy at work for the last few weeks, so I did not see this post. Yes the bucket needs to have an airtight lid mate. It's very simple to make, keep at it, it's so worth it mate.
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   Old Thread  #426 25 May 2020 at 10.30am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I gaffa taped mine as well... sinks like a brick and by god it works
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   Old Thread  #425 24 May 2020 at 10.51am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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better start again
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   Old Thread  #424 24 May 2020 at 7.51am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yes, air tight, anaerobic fermentation
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Hi I have tried making some tiger slime following the guide below but for what ever reason I canít get it to work? Does the bucket need to be air tight, as this is the only thing that I can think off that might have caused the issue.
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These tigers are looking good day two and they are getting proper gloopy
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   Old Thread  #421 3 May 2020 at 10.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nice bit of light reading Mark
Keep safe.

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   Old Thread  #420 3 May 2020 at 7.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Insane looking big carp. The best I have seen for a long time. Magnificent creature.
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Incredible is the word
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Thatís a beast 👌🏼
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Incredible isn't it.

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Loving that first one
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   Old Thread  #413 2 May 2020 at 3.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Wow. What amazing creatures.
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That top one
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Won't be to long now hopefully.

GPB1 crushed cork.

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Pink S2 crushed cork.

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GPB1 balanced.

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Yes mate. I use it to prepare my tigers with.
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Perfect thanks for the tips
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Worth using this corn syrup in with particles when in soak? I always use molasses when soaking maize but looking that extra bit
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Ripped from a US diabetes website...

How High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) Is Made

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is, as the name implies, corn syrup whose glucose has been partially changed into a different sugar, fructose. To make HFCS, you start with corn, then mill it to produce starch -corn starch. Starch, the most important carbohydrate in the human diet, consists of long chains of glucose. To make corn syrup, you mix the corn starch with water and then add an enzyme, produced by a bacterium, that breaks the starch down into shorter chains of glucose. Then you add another enzyme, produced by a fungus, that breaks the short chains down into glucose molecules. At that point, you have regular corn syrup.

To make the corn syrup into high fructose corn syrup, you turn some of its glucose molecules into fructose molecules by exposing the syrup to yet another enzyme, again produced by bacteria. This enzyme converts the glucose to a mixture of about 42 percent fructose and 53 percent glucose, with some other sugars as well. This syrup, called HFCS 42, is about as sweet as natural sugar (sucrose) and is used in foods and bakery items. HFCS 55, which contains approximately 55 percent fructose and 42 percent glucose, is sweeter than sucrose and is used mostly in soft drinks.

HFCS is a ubiquitous sweetener in America because itís so cheap here compared to sugar. The government placed production quotas on domestic sugar and an import tariff on foreign sugar in 1977, but it subsidizes corn production by paying growers. Consequently, the U.S. and Canadian prices of sugar are twice the global price, while corn syrup is cheap.
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Hi Christopher. High fructose corn syrup is quite hard to get hold of in the UK mate... It's use in food production is pretty frowned upon in Europe, as it's considered far more 'addictive' than other sweeteners, and it's use is also linked to diabetes and other health problems.

The Americans and Asians love it though, it's in so many sweet US food and drink products. Maybe why they have such an obesity problem

It's the sugars from maize production. I've always got mine off of Amazon, but you can also get it from your local Asian wholesaler as Rabs mentioned. Daesang corn syrup off Amazon is good stuff. Comes in a 5KG bottle for around £15 delivered I think it was. I always add a bit of extra fructose powder to this, as the American stuff which we cannot get here has a higher fructose content. (Hence the name).

Carp absolutely love it.
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I take it my 1KG jug of Golden Syrup wonít work
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It could well be I'm not sure, I use the chung jung one brand and it's worked well for me.
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but isnt the corn syrup for sale in the UK flavoured with vanilla and 'light'?
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You'll find the corn syrup in most oriental grocers.
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Just putting together the ingredients for the tigers. Is the high fructose corn syrup banned in the UK?

All I can get is the golden syrup type stuff?
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They will be absolutely fine Rob.
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Hi Mark,
Iíve just found a pot of GPB1 baits that I mislaid last year, will these be ok to use later this year ( not too late hopefully!) ?
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Great stuff Barry, they look good!

A bit of liquid flavour/hydro into that gelatine, just not to much to stop the gelatine from setting. I bet you can get quite a bit of liquid into it though, without any problems.
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Thanks Mark, I'll leave them in the cupboard, not like I'm in a rush to get out..

While I was doing it i thought I could add pretty much anything to the gelatine mixture, I'll experiment further next time.

These were some seasoning, betaine and pdfm.

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These were the same but with added crayfish powder which gives them a coarser finish, it was my last batch and i was a bit low on powder so they aren't covered quite as well.

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Nice one mate will put a order in next week probs go for white and yellow will let you know soon as av sold me gear i have on ebay👍
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I thought it was you mate. We had someone order a shed load of S3 as a special order yesterday, 66 tubs of various colours. So we'll have some in dark red, pink and yellow, as well as the whites now mate.
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Yeah was me mate havnt got round to ordering them yet mate got a few bits and bobs on eBay just waiting for them to sell then al be putting a order in for some next week will text mid week to see if any are left 👍
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Sorry Tim I did not see this the other day we have been really busy this week. Glad it is all sorted for you now.
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Hi Gregg, was it you I spoke to about this via text the other day? I know I spoke to someone about white S3's.
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They will dry fine Barry, just keep them somewhere away from kitchen/bathroom steam/moisture, so they fully dry out. They will look dry mate, but then when you put them into a tub and do up the lid... The coating will become soft and gooey again after a couple of days if they are not dried out properly. They really need thoroughly drying out for a long period. If not using a radiator I'd leave them out drying for 7-10 days at least in that cupboard. When I used to make them for myself on the radiator... I would leave them for at least 48 hours with the radiator on all day long both days.

I've been sent loads of photos over the past couple of days from anglers who have made some up like you. A Stoneacres angler sent me a bunch of photos of his, they looked the ********. He had added flavours to the gelatine as well, which is something I never tried myself.

You're very welcome Barry.
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Iíve had loads of tench mate.
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Iíve just made a batch of these for the first time, thanks for sharing this

Iím not in a position to be leaving plates of hookbaits on radiators unfortunately, however half an hour after the cooling stage they seem fine, plenty of powder seems to be welded to the baits, I guess if they are left to dry further in a dark cupboard they should be fine?
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Marks hookbaits are second to none. I've had the same problem with the odd corkball /pop up that didn't perform.
I generally pop some foam under the hookbait to balance it how I want it.
I'm a big fan of two pink 13mm s2's on a ronnie.
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All sorted! Tested 3 other pop-ups in the tub and they all seemed perfectly buoyant, very odd.
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Had no probs with any i have had the not balanced you have received or orded are they
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Just taken delivery of some 13mm S2 CC's and was just wondering how buoyant most people found them? Just tried them out on a Size 6 Krank on a ronnie with a micro hook ring swivel, no putty and they couldn't hold the hook up at all. Just wondering if I've got a dodgy batch because that doesn't seem buoyant enough to me?

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going to be giving the coating process a go next week!
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Alright mark hope ya well ya got any s3 white cc pop ups specials ready
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Thanks Tim, you take care too mate.
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Mark,
Thanks for sharing the ĎDry Tigersí guidance. I have been quietly been using Coked Tigers to sometimes devastating effect over here for a while. Like the upgrade potential!!
Hope you and yours are well, take care these next few weeks, mate.
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Received mine today.... cheers
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   Old Thread  #378 3 Apr 2020 at 11.41am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Had a few tench on the F1ís awhile back hadnt caught tench from water for about 5 year before this.
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Any one had tench on the 12mmers
Thinking of getting some of them for ireland
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Tell you what Mark, you donít **** around, the tips that you offer people and the baits you sell must make a lot of people happy. Taking peopleís fishing to a completely different level

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I really liked the Dunns River Caribbean BBQ seasoning personally Stephen for warm water use, which I mentioned in that post. It's very high in salt (37%) plus a load of herbs & spices, which give it a nice tasting kick. It worked very well for me straight off the bat too at Burghfield. It also made a nice coating in practical terms, one that lasted well when immersed. The rough outside of one of our crushed cork pop ups, holds the coating exceptionally well, better than a cork ball does I found with these BBQ S2.

In cold water, I'd personally be wanting a milks/betaine/fruit enhancer mix of powders myself. The world is literally your oyster though. The more the merrier! Milkshakes, powdered desserts, loads of stuff in the supermarket you can incorporate into a coating.

You could try mixing some BBQ seasoning, with powdered betaine... That will work mate.

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Toffee or caramel on s2 melted over and left to dry will be good i think I think gunna give it a go next time i do a shop
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Hi mark if you was to coat your s2 baits what would be the one powder you would use if you was only going to do it once and wanted to make sure it was 100% bang on?
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Sounds great! will definitely be giving it a good go with a few different mixes. Will take some pics and get them up once done.

I think I am mixing up what you do to get the goodness into your hookbaits with the coating stage

If others are going down the coating route - we should get a thread specific for that setup, exchange coating recipes, successes and failures
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S2ís are great, Iíve had bites on them on every lake Iíve fished UK and abroad
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Hi Neil. You could try mate, all you could mess up is a few hook baits if it did not work. I've never tried that myself, I have always just coated them the once. Doing them once does not affect the buoyancy to much, the coating also lasts a long time when placed into water anyway.

They pick up an incredible amount of powder just doing them once. (You'll be surprised just how much powder you actually use.) They pick up the bulk of it obviously when first placed into the bowl of powders... But they will pick up a lot more when on the baking tray before and after the oven treatment, and even more for the first hour which they are drying on the radiator.

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I only just noticed, that the copy and pasted post I put onto here, was to many words for one post... Consequently the last couple of paragraphs of text were missing from the original post. I've added those paragraphs, to the top of the following post, which contains the photographs.
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Hi Mark,

Very keen to give this a go, rolling some hookbaits this weekend to coat in Liver Powder.

1 question - can this process be repeated 2,3,4 times to build up layers of coating?

I am sure I have read from you before about doing this several times to get the best effect?

Oh and some lucky bugger on a Shefford water has a free pot of Garlic popups, where i left them there first time out with them


Thanks,
Neil.
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they definitely work
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looking at giving specialised hookbaits a go. seems that s2 does quite well so going with that one
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Thank you Paul
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Hi Tom, we can do them for you as a special order. We have some white 17mm S3 balanced already done. No 13mm left, but we can do them for you. Send us a text on our work mobile mate.
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Sorry just read itís time critical thanks all again.

Stay safe and well
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One more question... would freezing kill it?
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Thanks all
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Thanks for this - excellent post and generous of you to share.

Got some Chinese salt and pepper seasoning from Home Bargains that I'll be playing with
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Take some dry tiger nuts. You need some high fructose corn syrup, some raw cane and Demerara sugars. No Cola, no energy drinks. All contain to many other man made nasties, to reach fermented nirvana with a tiger nut. It's just not happening with these things. I wrote about cola tigers donkeys years ago... There are much better ways though. Here are two of them. One way is dry after cooking, similar to the maize. The other is wet, to produce tiger slime. Real tiger slime. Both are deadly. For hook baits, I prefer the dry after boiling way. For baiting purposes, the tiger slime cannot be beaten. It's solubility, and draw power is hard to match. Prepared correctly, it sinks like a brick. It will permeate into the bottom, and they will dig for it long after no food is present. For tiger slime. Take 1kg of dry tigers. Soak in warm sugared water from the kettle, for twenty four hours. Not to much raw cane sugar for the soaking/boiling purpose. Once the tigers are full size. Boil them for twenty minutes. Place the tigers, and all of the water into a large bucket. Add more boiling water. The water should now cover the tigers by no more than three inches. Whack a load of cane sugar in. Whack a load of Demerara sugar in. Whack a good slug of high fructose corn syrup. Stir it all up. Place next to a radiator for three days. What you are looking to achieve, is a very thick slime. This will start to develop after three days. By day four or five, they will be at their very optimum. This slime, is absolutely electric. It's full of fermenting tiger goodness. I use the slime and some of the tigers for baiting purposes. I freeze the rest of these tigers. I like to produce more slime for my angling, than I need tigers to use. They get used on the river at some stage for baiting. The slime is where it is at, with that one though. It's very time specific, and you cannot control that slime, with salt or preservatives.



For hook bait tigers and free bait. Follow the same process, exactly. After boiling, drain all of the water away. Place back into the bucket steaming. Add a load of raw cane and Demerara sugar. A big old handful. Add some high fructose corn syrup, just a couple of table spoons. Shake it all up. And place onto a radiator with the lid on tight, for three days minimum. Keep shaking them whilst on the radiator. The sugar and heat, will help create some of mother natures magic inside the nut. The corn syrup, will coat the outside of the tigers with the sugars. This stops air getting to them, and allows magic to work inside of the nut far better. This is fermentation of a tiger nut. After three days, I like to add a handful of natural salts to them. These are now electric, for another five days. After this they will start to smell of alcohol. They will work well still, but are no where near as effective in my eyes after five days. I do not freeze them. I make them, when I need them. A very small handful of these, less is more... A small handful of electric maize, is really all that is needed. Use these on top of your normal feed situation with freezer baits. They will improve it, massively so.
In the photographs, is a 40lb+ fully scaled. In it's mouth, is a pink crushed cork S2 17mm pop up. With a turbo charged tiger nut on top. Holding up a size 4 hook and metal work. A snow man, on a stiff hinge rig... Great rig mechanics, two different hook baits, charged with electricity. This fish was caught from a totally natural UK pit. It has no silly name. From a gravel bar, cleared of all weed, by tiger slime mainly, and big carp. They ripped it to bits. Dug it out. Pretty simple to catch, when you drive them wild first.
Good luck, you will not need it, not if you prepare those particles correctly above. 😎
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   Old Thread  #358 30 Mar 2020 at 10.47am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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T Carper - out of interest do you do the s3 in balanced? on the website you only have the pop ups

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I'll find it for you mate. I should have it somewhere on my computer, or on our Faceache somewhere. I'll have a look for you today after work.
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   Old Thread  #356 29 Mar 2020 at 2.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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T carper... you once put a guide on marking tiger slime on here but i canít find it.


Any chance you can add it again?
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I always rated the S1, had a double hook up on them on a syndicate lake that had otters on it 300yards away at the time, when you first marketed the 1+2. It was unheard of
Thanks for posting the advice and tips.
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...Place the plate on a warm radiator. For the first two hours that the plate is on the radiator, you need to swirl the plate around every twenty minutes or so, making sure that none of the hook baits are stuck together, or to the plate itself. They will still pick up a touch more powder. If you do not have a double radiator, that a plate will sit on, use a coffee table and stacking on the table with something suitable to be able to rest that plate onto of the radiators top. After the first two hours swirling, you can just leave the hook baits to dry over a 48 hour period. The ceramic plate acts like a small warming table once it warms up, it's important to use a real plate to dry the coating and not a plastic one for that reason.

Once the hook baits are fully dried, put them into a tub, and they are ready to be used whenever you need them. The coatings will not come off inside the tub, you have literally welded them to the outside of the hook bait, with a pure natural protein, fully water soluble gelatine mixture. The moment the coating is wet, liquid transfer from inside the hook bait itself is immediate, through the coating. The coatings, depending on the coarseness of powder used/ water temperatures, will last from eight to twelve hours out in the lake. Test one in the edge, or in a bowl of water at home.

Try to keep the lid screwed up tight in damp weather, as the coatings do not react that well with moisture. If you ever fish on a foggy night and the coating gets damp in the tub from moisture in the air whilst opening... Just pop them on a plate and dry them back out on the radiator when you get home. They will be as good as new again.

Something to do whilst stuck at home... When you can get out and finally go fishing again... You'll get a massive buzz catching loads of fish on something you made yourself, whilst stuck at home.

Take care of you and yours, and stay safe all.

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Something for you all to do to avoid boredom whilst stuck at home.... Hard coating your hook baits in the powders of your choice.

I posted this on social media yesterday, it's very simple to do... With items you will all already have at home in your bait making kits. Gelatine can be got from the bakery isle of most supermarkets, or for pennies delivered to your front door from auction sites. I'll pop some photographs in the following post. Any powdered coating you so wish can be used, absolutely anything at all... From Betaine, to GLM... And anything at all in between. The first hook bait we ever sold alongside the S2, was the hard coated S1. We only stopped selling these various coated hook baits last year, as the time consumption of the drying process of this coating, on such a grand scale... Became to much of a time constraint to us, in as far as for filling our orders in a timely manner. Since we stopped selling our coated hook baits, our time frame for deliveries, has been in a much greater place because of it ever since.

That does not stop you from doing it yourself, on a much smaller scale at home though. Applying powdered coatings to your hook baits, can really give them an extra edge. Depending on the powders used, this will last up to eight hours in warm water, or up to twelve hours in cold water. Slowly pinging off particles of your chosen powder.

What you will need. Some hook baits. These will need to be quite buoyant, if you are wanting to coat pop ups, as the coating will add a small amount weight, until it eventually dissolves. Any shelf life hook bait can be coated, bottom baits, wafters or pop ups, as long as they are shelf life. You will need an oven, some powdered gelatine, standard small packets from the baking isle of the supermarket are fine. Really cheap on the auction site too, and delivered to your door. A baking tray, some tin foil, a saucepan, a couple of bowls and two small plates. There is nothing complicated, it's a very simple process indeed. The powdered coating, is completely down to you. Any powders that you have at home... Appetite simulators, powdered sweeteners, savoury seasonings, milks... The list is absolutely endless... Your kitchen already likely contains a few hidden gems in the cupboards! I hard coated some S2 crushed corks, in a Caribbean BBQ seasoning a few years ago, just for my own personal fishing... A very salty, strong tasting seasoning in a jar from the supermarket. I choose that particular seasoning, simply because it just tasted and looked right to me. The very first time I tried one of these BBQ coated S2 on one rod, I caught a 43lb mirror from Burghfield, within just thirty minutes of the coated hook bait being in the water. Lots of the coating was still on the bait, even after playing the fish in from distance. (First two photos). You get to pick what mixture you coat them in, and when you catch on them for the first time, it will give you an extra buzz.

The hook baits which you are going to hard coat, need to be thoroughly dried before you start. First, you need to mix up some gelatine powder with water. Do this in a bowl, with boiling water underneath it in a saucepan. This stops the gelatine from burning, and allows you to heat the gelatine back up gently, if it starts to set whilst you are preparing your hook baits. A couple of inches of water in a saucepan, with a ceramic cereal bowl placed inside the saucepan sitting in the water. Heat the water in the saucepan first, then mix your gelatine solution inside the ceramic bowl with boiling water. You really do not need to go crazy with the gelatine. It only takes a small amount to set a pint of water. You will only be using a fraction of this amount of water to coat a few tubs of hook baits. Add the gelatine until your water just starts to thicken slightly. If you add to much, you can always add a bit more boiling water. Have your powders already mixed in a bowl that you wish to coat your hook baits in. Place your hook baits, a few at a time into the gelatine solution and stir them around with a spoon, ensuring they are completely covered. Take the hook baits out with a spoon, draining them on the side of the bowl as you do so. These wet hook baits should be put onto a clean plate, and swirled around to remove excess gelatine. Then simply tip the hook baits into your bowl of powders. Use a clean spoon to move the hook baits around in the bowl of powders, ensuring that all the hook baits are completely covered in the powders. Transfer these hook baits to an oven tray, which is covered in tin foil to avoid sticking, and has a thin layer of your powders on. Never fill the tray more than half full with hook baits, or they will stick when placed into the oven. Swirl the oven tray around, ensuring that the hook baits pick up even more of the powdered coating. You will find that once they have sat on the tray for a few minutes, they will become damp on the outside again, and more powder can be picked up by swirling them around. Your oven should be pre heated, at a temp of 120 degrees with the fan on if your oven has one. Place the baking tray inside the oven for approximately 40 seconds to a minute... All you are looking to do at this stage, is remove a touch of the water from the gelatine. If you keep them in the oven for to long, they will stick together and turn into a horrible stuck together mess! 40 seconds-one minute, then take them out and swirl around on the oven tray... They will pick up even more powder. Transfer these hook baits to a small ceramic plate or similar, and apply a bit more powder. Put them somewhere cold, like just outside the back door for five minutes. These are now 'set', but still need to be dried thoroughly. We have a drying unit at work for the hook baits, but when I first started making these coated hook baits for my own personal use... I used a radiator, just like you can at home. Place the plate on a warm radia
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Well done James!

The yellow ones are the S4 mate. You're right. There is nothing you can buy off of the shelf that compares to them. Mainly because they are not a bulk standard pop up mix, the base mix of every single hook bait we make, is high grade food. We only use natural cork for our buoyancy, which allows us to use much heavier, entirely food based base mixes. The corks buoyancy also allows us to cure them repeatedly in heavy liquids, without affecting the buoyancy.

I had a lovely PM from another member yesterday, telling me he himself had bagged a couple of 40's and a mid thirty fully scaled. Messages like yours and his, are a great distraction to all this mess which is going on around us at the moment. So thank you again.

You'll continue to slay them mate.
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   Old Thread  #351 22 Mar 2020 at 5.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
bit of a coincidence this but I brought some of your pop ups around 6 months ago but due to my little girl being ill I haven't had the chance to do any fishing until the last few weekends. My syndicate has been fishing tricky no fish out for a few weeks at a time I started of on some high attract pop ups (yellow and white) couldn't get a take despite fish being active and right on me. I then switched over to your garlic pro biotic and your yellow pop ups sorry I cant remember the name the pen on the lid has rubbed off in the rain. same spot as before same colour and the yellow went twice couple of low twenties first fish of the year.

went for a night Friday lake was very busy all the best pegs taken no fish out that week despite the fish being active. both of my rods on yellow chucked to showing fish a hour later first 30 of the year and only person to catch the last few weekends. never giving much thought into bait I have been quite happily picking my pop ups of the shelf but there is clearly a gap of some distance between the off the shelf pop ups and the ones you offer so much so my fruity ones have been demoted back to the cupboard. only problem is that i have just ordered a load of flavours to start rolling my own pop ups and wafters for the first time. when i should of just brought a years supply of yellows

there so unique i dont even think i could get close trying to roll my own. but credit where its due i will be using them alongside my homemades this year
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   Old Thread  #350 22 Mar 2020 at 1.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks Wayne.
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   Old Thread  #349 21 Mar 2020 at 4.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Welcome back Mark.......
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How are we all?

All good I hope and no one has this disgusting virus. I've been in Brazil for the past three weeks. I came home on Thursday to armageddon in the UK. I travelled via Paris/GDG... I've never seen anything like it. A completely empty airport, all duty free shops and stores in the airport shut. No one about at all (which I was very pleased about to be fair). My flight from Brazil to Paris had just twelve passengers on board. My flight from Paris to London had just five passengers. Heathrow was completely empty. Far less passengers than you would normally expect at our busiest airport.

I was sorely tempted to ride this out in Brazil, which is one of the last countries to be effected by the virus. But even Brazil as I left had a massive spike in cases, and panic was starting to set in there too. I was advised by the British embassy to try and get back if I could, which swayed my thinking in the end. It was very hard to know what to do in reality, stay with loved ones in Brazil, or get back to loved ones in the UK. My thinking was that we had enough stock to keep things running in the UK for around a month. But I was advised by someone from the embassy, that a world wide travel ban was likely coming, and would last from three months, to a year. I had to get back in reality under those circumstances.

As I'm sure all of you who have been ordering well know, all orders have been going out for the past few months in around a week currently. Ever since I stream lined the products that we sell last year, order times have been in a much greater place. We are still ticking over with orders currently, but after an incredibly busy start to the year... Things have slowed down considerably orders wise over the past week understandably with all this chaos going on.

My son is a paramedic in Berkshire, so I've been hearing first hand from him how badly this virus has been hitting our country over the past two weeks. (None of which reach the official figures). It's been scary hearing the cases he is attending daily going up and up every single day. His mother, my ex wife was diagnosed with the virus last week, and has spent ten days in isolation in hospital since first diagnosed. She is 46, with no previous medical conditions... But was hit very hard by this. For five days she was on a ventilator, unable to breath unaided. Luckily she has improved massively over the past few days, and they are talking about letting her go home within the next few days. While I have been in Brazil, I've seen so much stuff on social media, talking as though this is all some conspiracy, when nothing could actually be further from the truth. My son has been attending so many cases on a daily basis, all with the same symptoms and a great difficulty breathing.

I had to visit the supermarket yesterday, I went at 7am when they first opened. I've never seen anything like it, absolute carnage at 7am. Very little stuff on the shelves, and all of that had gone by 7.15am. I managed to get some food, and very luckily I had brought back 15 toilet rolls in my suitcase from Brazil because there was nothing like that at all on the shelves. No sugar, no pasta, no tea bags, most of the food I managed to get were the last or close to it items on the shelf. What really surprised me, was no one in the supermarket (100's it was packed) apart from me and a few others were wearing face masks.

All of our current orders from the past week will be going out on Monday. Hopefully this will all pass soon. I'm meant to be getting married in June, already that is looking very unlikely to happen in this current situation. Stay safe all of you, and keep your loved ones safe too.
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   Old Thread  #347 12 Feb 2020 at 5.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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received my order thanks for the extras ya sent with them the look and smell spot on just need to get out and use them now 👍
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Well done Perry
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   Old Thread  #345 9 Feb 2020 at 10.16pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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31lb 10oz Storm Ciara Common on the S3's you chucked in as a freebie...
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You're very welcome Ian. Your current order went yesterday afternoon, and should be there today for you.

The Spring rush has started very early this year, we are incredibly busy at the moment for early Feb. All current orders apart from seven, containing white S2 13mm cc or GPB1 went out yesterday. All of these will be going on Monday morning.

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Monday they will go out mate.
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   Old Thread  #342 6 Feb 2020 at 9.45am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Just put another order in for some S2's and S3's this morning Mark.

Forgot to thankyou for the yellow S2 samples you sent with my previous order. 👍

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   Old Thread  #341 5 Feb 2020 at 3.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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just put order in mate
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The same price as the GPB1 mate.

We had an incredible time thanks. 32 degrees most days, the only bummer was I got so burnt on my head/shoulders on the second day... My eyes swelled up and nearly closed, it looked like I'd been ten rounds with Tyson. . I was like this for five days... From then on the hat and shirt had to stay on permanently.

It's such a beautiful country... One day I will sod off and live there. It will have to be Marlin fishing instead of carp.
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   Old Thread  #339 1 Feb 2020 at 12.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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how much are they mate how was Brazil
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Type specializedhookbaits.co.uk into your browser mate.

We currently have a shed load of GLM-S2 & GLM-GPB1 crushed corks on their final cures. These will be sold as special orders from next week when they are ready. Both are fishmeal variants of the S2 and GPB1 CC, with pre digested and GLM added. We have them in 13 & 16mm crushed cork pop ups, and 13 & 16mm balanced bottom baits.
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No worries Stephen, just remember to text me when you have done it.
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   Old Thread  #336 31 Jan 2020 at 10.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ok, thanks. I wasnít sure if it was via pm on here or Facebook etc.
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Yes mate it was me, Iíll get that order across tomorrow been a cock up with my wages today
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   Old Thread  #334 31 Jan 2020 at 7.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Go on the website and order them...
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How do I go about ordering some of these s2 crushed corks?
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Some cracking looking fish there!
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I've been away for the whole of January as Pooter so kindly wrote, I hope that you are all well. I still cannot access this forum from my iPhone. For some reason the username and password do not work on there, only on my Mac at home.

I got back yesterday morning Stephen, is it you that I spoke today via text mate? I'm assuming so.

While I have been in Brazil all orders have been going out. We are totally up to date today.

James Sherman has been having them whist I have been away, here with a couple of nice January Frimley carp. The big fully again at 43lb+. White S2 13mm crushed corks as always. He really has ripped Frimley this season at weekends.

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Nice one Ian.
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Topped up on S2 Crushed Corks today...
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cheers mate, any idea when he's back?
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Mark is unable to sign in so he's sent this message ;

" Hello mate I hope you are well. I just see the CF post. Would you do me a massive favour and go on there and tell him we have a shed load of F1 crushed corks drying right now. They will be ready next week. If you could also put that all orders are going out while Iím away. "
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He's in Brazil chap.
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Hi mark, just wondering when the F1s are available to order
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Haven't been out much at all lately managed a few nights after Christmas and bagged a nice 25lb common on an S2 as well as a near 6lb Bream, nobody on the syndicate thought there were any bream left in the pond there hasn't been any caught for donkeys years.
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   Old Thread  #322 30 Dec 2019 at 2.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Same to you and yours Mark. Hope you keep helping angler's put fish that matter on the scales.
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   Old Thread  #321 24 Dec 2019 at 12.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You to mate av a good en 🎅🍻🥂👍
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   Old Thread  #320 24 Dec 2019 at 11.03am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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And you Mark
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   Old Thread  #319 24 Dec 2019 at 10.42am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Merry Christmas all.

I hope you and yours all have a fantastic Xmas and new year.
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   Old Thread  #318 15 Dec 2019 at 5.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I recently took the plunge and recieved my baits from Mark very quickly. Put them on all rods for a weekend session and blanked... because I lost two fish.
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   Old Thread  #317 14 Dec 2019 at 4.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi Stephen. Sorry mate we have no F1 left now, we sold out of all we had made. We will be doing some more just after Xmas.
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   Old Thread  #316 14 Dec 2019 at 12.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
How i got mine you txt him in his work phone what you want then he will tell you what to order off his site then they get posted just put a order in for a pot ad s2 balanced mark👍
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   Old Thread  #315 11 Dec 2019 at 11.13am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi Mark,

how do i go about ordering some f1 balanced baits?

thanks,
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   Old Thread  #314 11 Dec 2019 at 9.55am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Less than a week Greg. We were completely up to date with all orders bar one, as of Monday just gone... Everything from this week is going out today and tomorrow. You'll have them in plenty of time for Xmas mate.

Now is the time of year we are able to do special orders for people. A lot of that at the moment.
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   Old Thread  #313 10 Dec 2019 at 6.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What's the turn around at the min mate after a pot or 2 for Xmas presants
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   Old Thread  #312 9 Dec 2019 at 12.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thatís a stunner
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Stunner that like mate proper lump
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   Old Thread  #310 9 Dec 2019 at 10.10am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
James Sherman again. He had three this weekend from Frimley, including Charlie's Mate at 51lb12oz. White S2 crushed corks as always for Jim. The bloke has had a truly incredible carp catching year.

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I did not see your post before you deleted it Bristol? Anything interesting?
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   Old Thread  #308 4 Dec 2019 at 1.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Sorry Jim for the late reply, I've been in Brazil for the past two weeks on a last minute birthday trip to see my fiancee. I hope you're all well.

Any of the S range are lethal in the winter Jim (S2, S3, S4), but the Garlic should surpass even all of those for cold water form this winter. While I have been away in the sunshine, I saw that Cam the MOD has been catching some nice cold water carp on the Garlic alongside DNA freezer baits.

Gary Watton (who's completely deaf) has been having some lovely fish on our S4 alongside ABS freezer baits since the temps really dropped, as he always does. One of these photo's it had been - 4 that morning in England with heavy frosts.

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Before the S2's release to the public, I caught more cold water carp from Walthamstow than anyone ever had before over a few freezing cold months, I was told by the people who run it. I had an extraordinary amount of big carp, when the temps were absolutely bitter. (Best day was eight stunning twenties and two thirties). The S2 has exceptional cold water form...It's almost not fair on the fish using S2's in late winter/early spring. But any of the S range are just as good. As I said before, the GPB1 will be even better. I have always loved my winter carping, so any hook baits we make has to produce the goods in the winter.

I just want to be back in the sun . I left Brazil on Monday, where the temps were a constant 32-40 degrees all of the time I was there.... I got a massive shock to the system landing at Heathrow Tuesday morning, where it was bloody freezing!

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Hi,

I am sure Mark will reply in a bit, but the S2's have always been great for me in the winter. This will be the first winter for me trying the Garlic's alongside them.

Cheers
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   Old Thread  #305 3 Dec 2019 at 11.52am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Mark which in your range as best winter form
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   Old Thread  #304 5 Nov 2019 at 8.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Sorry Paul, my mistake, I thought they were all on the garlic.

Top stuff anyway mate
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   Old Thread  #303 5 Nov 2019 at 8.52pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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For the sake of truth...

The fully-scaled was actually on an S2 CC + B5 (double bait)

The other 2 were GPB CC + B5 (double bait)

Both fished over about a dozen B5's.

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Carpforum regular Keebs, has very kindly allowed me to show these. It's not about the size with these fish, it's all about where they were caught from. A notorious monster ressie in Southern England. Great captures from Paul... I've been willing him to have a proper chunk all summer... It will come mate!

GPB1 crushed corks over shellfish B5.

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Will do mate.
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   Old Thread  #300 5 Nov 2019 at 1.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Top man cheers mark. Pm me with details
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We can do them for you mate.
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   Old Thread  #298 5 Nov 2019 at 12.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Mark do you do any pale yellow wafters ? Like the S4
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GTI Jesus (Scotty) 40+ Roach Pit GPB1 13mm balanced.

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Alan Cripps UK 38 & 39lb GPB1 crushed corks

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   Old Thread  #295 3 Nov 2019 at 6.39pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Happy days Greg
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   Old Thread  #294 3 Nov 2019 at 6.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Had a realy good year on the s2 top bombing
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Steve Ackland with a beautiful Hampshire mirror, part of a five fish haul on GPB1 crushed corks.

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Another weekend, another Frimley pit 3 'A team' fish for James Sherman. 45lb4oz. 13mm white S2 CC.

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James Sherman's catch log from Frimley pit 3 so far this year. Pretty mustard, for a weekend only angler with a full time job...On an incredibly pressured UK venue.

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   Old Thread  #288 28 Oct 2019 at 7.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You're welcome Pete.
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   Old Thread  #287 26 Oct 2019 at 9.28am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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My order of F1 has arrived including some freebies Many thanks Mark it's much appreciated.
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   Old Thread  #286 24 Oct 2019 at 6.00pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Wicked Mark all the Best moving onwards and upwards.
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   Old Thread  #285 24 Oct 2019 at 5.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Glad you all like them. May the force be with you all.

When we first started SHB, we were the very first company to hard coat hook baits in this way. Quite a few others tried to replicate this, and failed. Hence they sold the coating in a kit form. Putting the emphasis on the angler to do it themselves... Unfortunately these kit form coatings, would fall off as soon as the bait touched water.

We are moving to much larger premises soon, which will give us the space, and the man power to put these coated hook baits back onto the website permanently. We have a BBQ hard coated version of the S2, which has never been released, which are absolutely deadly. The chocolate/betaine coated S2 were also a real winner. Unfortunately, we just got to busy to be able to do these en masse where we are currently. Since removing the coated hook baits from the website, we have been in a great place with our waiting times all summer.

Some F1 13mm balanced, that had just been coated, and are about to get oven cooked.

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   Old Thread  #284 24 Oct 2019 at 2.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Lucky they have cork in them otherwise I'd probably have eaten one by now

Donít let that stop you
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   Old Thread  #283 23 Oct 2019 at 8.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Mine were waiting for me at home today its funny, the F1s smell pretty much how I imagined the S2s would smell from reading descriptions... Like sugary sweet. The S2s smell pretty much like caramel to me... Like a melted brown sugar....

Lucky they have cork in them otherwise I'd probably have eaten one by now

Cant wait to give them a go!
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   Old Thread  #282 23 Oct 2019 at 7.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Hopefully that means mine are at home waiting for me when I get back from fishing tomorrow or Friday 😃
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   Old Thread  #281 23 Oct 2019 at 6.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Same here. Cheers mark
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   Old Thread  #280 23 Oct 2019 at 3.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Hi t carper I received my hook baits this morning.👍 Iíll look forward to using them in the coming weeks. Cheers again.
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   Old Thread  #279 21 Oct 2019 at 3.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Spot on mate 👍
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   Old Thread  #278 21 Oct 2019 at 12.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yes mate, bundles. Even recent prestige 50's going up on other bait firms pages... 100% caught on our hook baits the utter scoundrels.

Your F1's and everyone else's F1's & pink balanced etc are going out today Greg. Will be there Weds latest. I'm quite shocked at how many of our regular customers contacted us over the weekend, looking for F1's. Seeing as they have only been put up on here so far, there would seem to be a hell of a lot of non members, looking in at CF. So much so, we have nearly sold out of what we had done already.

Gary Howes again with a 32lb+ Larky common. Gary has been smashing them. GPB1 13mm balanced again.

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   Old Thread  #277 20 Oct 2019 at 5.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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No bother mate av got a few pots to tie me over plus the ones I orded the outher day some nice pics there like alot seem to be coming out on the garlic lately 👍
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We are going to hold them back now mate until the Spring. With pre digested and GLM added, they will be more of a warmer water bait. The plan was to get them out at the beginning of September, which did not materialise due to us being to busy. The Garlic, has not had a winter yet, as they only came out Spring 2019. The S2 has always been regarded as a truly exceptional winter bait... The GPB1 should in my mind, be even better in cold water than the S2. So to sell a fishmeal/GLM version now, in late October would not be the one really.

Sorry for opening my mouth.
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Gary Howes with two absolutely ancient 30+ Kent carp this weekend. 'Not Another Scaly' is one of my all time favourite old carp from a very pressured pit. GPB1 13mm balanced.

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   Old Thread  #274 19 Oct 2019 at 11.45am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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When are the gpb1 glm coming out mate
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   Old Thread  #273 18 Oct 2019 at 6.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Got mine, quite accidentally they really match the flavour profile of my current boilies, so I am looking forward to using. Showed a mate and he is going to order some too. Cheers
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Be lucky David.
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Matt Bartaby 40+ Essex common on Weds. GPB1 crushed cork

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   Old Thread  #270 18 Oct 2019 at 12.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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yay - hookbaits turned up today.

ordered on the 8th - great service thanks again Mark.

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   Old Thread  #269 17 Oct 2019 at 7.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Put my order in looking forward to giving thease a try if the out like the s2 a gpb1 its gunna be a good winter had a few out the last few seasons i have been out on them looking forward to getting them 😁👍
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   Old Thread  #268 17 Oct 2019 at 7.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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These below in the photographs are being sold as special orders. None of them are on the website. If any of you would like to order any of these hook baits, please TEXT us on our work mobile number first (contact page of website). You will be told what to order from our website. Please include the FULL NAME which will be on the order, and please include what you would actually like to order all in one text message. You will get a reply (within twenty four hours), please do not text a second time, or you will lose your place in the queue.

We have shed loads of all of them, all ready to send out on Monday/Tuesday etc.

The pink balanced S2 are self explanatory, they are available in 13mm & 17mm. The white S3 crushed corks are available in 13mm & 17mm CC pop ups, and 13mm & 17mm balanced bottom baits.

The F1 (fruits) are available as 17mm CC pop ups, or 13mm & 17mm balanced bottom baits. They are a white CC, cured with various fruits with tangerine oil, which are added to our S series liquids. They are then hard coated, in an excellent milk powder, which is combined with four fruit enhancers and citric acid. They were originally designed as a single winter/spring hook bait, with a real kick. We only took these from the website earlier this year, because the hard coating is such a PITA to sort out on a large scale, and very expensive time wise. Not a week has gone by since, when I do not get someone moaning at me about when the F1 would be back... So here they are. The hardened coating, will last up to twenty four hours this time of year, slowly dissolving particles of goodness. The F1 are the same price as our garlic, but you get 30 baits in a tub, instead of 35. The S3 & pink S2 balanced are standard prices.

All, will be sold on a first come, first served basis. When they are gone, we will roll some more through the winter, so there is no need to panic buy them. They will be put on other forms of social media from next week, you lot have a head start.

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   Old Thread  #267 17 Oct 2019 at 6.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cheers Mark I appreciate it
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👍 Al wait till later on then to put a order in al be after some of them to 👍
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Just fish with them as you normally would Pete, as others have kindly explained. Don't put to much free bait out after a bite, as it will all still be there normally.

They are lethal as single hook baits too.

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We will be completely up to date with all orders, right up until yesterday, by this afternoon Greg. It's a good time right now, they will go out very early next week.

I'm going to take some photographs of the hard coated F1 (Fruits 1) balanced and crushed cork pop ups we have ready later when I get some time. We also have tonnes of white S3 in both CC pop ups & balanced, and a load of pink balanced S2 all ready to go.

When I get a chance later I will put some photographs up on here, plus how to order any of them as special orders. They will not be going on sale on Faceache etc until after the weekend.

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   Old Thread  #263 17 Oct 2019 at 11.16am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I use the CC pop ups and corkballs on a spinner rig and the CC Balanced baits on a German rig

Iíve used them both as singles and over bait (for the pop ups and corkballs) and the balanced baits I always fish over a bit of bait
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   Old Thread  #262 17 Oct 2019 at 10.21am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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They are hookbaits mate, use them like you would with any other.
I personally use them over a scattering of my selected boilie (pop-ups and balanced bait). I have also used them as a single hookbait (pop-up).
My small success with them (had a slow year anyway) has come over the scattering of boilie.

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   Old Thread  #261 17 Oct 2019 at 10.14am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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How do you present these hookbaits, do you fire out just a single with nothing around it or with a pva bag with pellets? Never used them and want to know how other users have found the best results. All replies appreciated.
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   Old Thread  #260 16 Oct 2019 at 8.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I ordered and received in 5 days. That was about 2 weeks ago
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   Old Thread  #259 16 Oct 2019 at 8.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
What's the waiting time about now mark after putting a order in for some s2 pink n white cc
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   Old Thread  #258 16 Oct 2019 at 5.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Brilliant thank you
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   Old Thread  #257 16 Oct 2019 at 5.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
It's further down at the bottom of the page in a different box
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This has probably been asked a lot already but just about to place my first order, there doesn't se to be an option for s2 crushed Cork, only Cork balls.... Am I missing something?
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   Old Thread  #255 15 Oct 2019 at 9.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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....and that's why I asked the expert.

Great answer Mark, many thanks, inforamtive and well explained.

Now I know my last two 3 hour blanks were probably down to me not the bait I can leave the hookbaits on for a few more goes!
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   Old Thread  #254 15 Oct 2019 at 9.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yes I would have thought that too, although washed out baits can be very effective. But I thought it best to ask the expert.............
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   Old Thread  #253 15 Oct 2019 at 7.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Andy Nicolle with two new PB's in the same session. Garlic balanced 13mm.

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Spencer and his mate Paul are both top blokes Ian.
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   Old Thread  #251 15 Oct 2019 at 12.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I know Spencer. He's a lovely bloke. Good angler too.
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If any of you ever go to Thailand fishing... Our S2 (and now Garlic) are absolutely lethal for the Siamese carp. We have known this for a long time, every time one of our customers that has gone to Gilliams etc... They always do VERY well and come back singing the same tune.

This customer Spencer, has just come back yesterday. He said the lake has been fishing very hard, everyone blanking for five or six days. He caught loads on the Garlic and the S2. He ended up kindly giving away all of our hook baits that he had left, to the guides when he left.

The Siamese carp seem to REALLY adore the S2. Mad looking things...

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   Old Thread  #249 15 Oct 2019 at 12.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi Paul. I would definitely leave them on between trips if you are only doing three hour stints. Natural cork, acts as a vessel in every one of our hook baits. Our curing process, gets our liquids right into the cork. It takes a lot longer to leech out of the cork, than it does the surrounding base mix. They will be effective if you leave them out for three days... Let alone just three hours.

So much so, if you were to use some hook baits for a day, and pop them back into an empty tub... They would regain a lot of their smell, which they did not have when you placed them back into a tub. The cork to a certain extent, refills the baits with the liquids.

Here is an example for you mate. When we first started, three anglers went to Abbey in France. One of them had half a tub of S2's, and it was all they could get a bite on. The three anglers ended up catching an extraordinary number of big carp, on those few hook baits. They were leaving them out for a night, then drying them back out in rotation.
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I think it goes without saying that if you use the same bait over and over again all that goodness is being washed out buddy.
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   Old Thread  #247 15 Oct 2019 at 11.45am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi Mark, just a quick question if you don't mind.

I have only managed a few very short sessions since getting my S2s and managed a fish a trip on the first two but nothing the last two, now these trips are very short, not the 'quick overnighter' or 'short' day session, I'm talking about 3 hour visits maximum, and being spur of the moment I have had the same bait on each trip.

My question is will using the bait and then effectively air drying it before using it again reduce the effectiveness (I suspect so), if it does then I will have to stop being lazy and tie on a fresh bait each time!

Cheers in advance.

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   Old Thread  #246 15 Oct 2019 at 11.12am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yes mate, pink and white S2, yellow S4, white S3.
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We have a large amount of pink balanced S2 already done and ready to go this week mate, others have been asking They are being sold as special orders this week as soon as our order list is clear, like the F1's and S3 CC.

No need to keep them in the freezer.
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Pink s2s.. already out there..
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   Old Thread  #243 13 Oct 2019 at 6.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Iíve had an amazing summer on both S2ís and the garlics, but itís coming into single pop up time for me.
Do you have any plans for a coloured bait?
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Is that Mick Nolans machine Mark?
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Ty Gregc :0)
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   Old Thread  #240 12 Oct 2019 at 2.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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No need to put in freezer just cool area
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My hookbaits have arrived as well, I thought I was getting 1 wafter and 1 pop ups but they both seem very buoyant, Im not worried though. Do we need to keep them in the freezer ? Also can you do the S2 pink in a wafter version, there doesn't seem to be that option on you website?
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   Old Thread  #238 10 Oct 2019 at 11.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Iíll start saving up now
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   Old Thread  #237 10 Oct 2019 at 2.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Perfect mate thanks, hookbaits arrived cant wait to give them a go 😁
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   Old Thread  #236 10 Oct 2019 at 12.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The photo below is from 2015. It's white S2 freezer baits, made for me while I was fishing Englefield lagoon. I caught the fish below, fishing over ten of those. It had not been caught for a long time. I caught it first trip using them frozen S2. They were oddly shaped, because I did not need or want them round. Our hook baits go through a curing process. This happens five times. It would be financially unviable to try to apply this amount of work to an S2 freezer bait. There is not enough income, in a KG of freezer bait to warrant it. They do not need to be done five times though, they are not hook baits. Putting S2 freezer baits through our process twice, short term preserves them. Doing them three times, preserves them indefinitely. The ones in that bag had been 'done' just twice.The problem comes slightly, with doing this process on a much larger volume/scale than with hook baits.

The garlic pro biotic is slightly different being rolled as a free bait to the S2 though. It's so active, it needs to be frozen between fishing trips. They are still short term preserved. Putting them in and out of the freezer between trips is not a problem. They would easily last a couple of weeks in the sun, on a French trip for example.

We have had certain customers for a long time, who crush up S2 barrel bottom baits into a PVA bag while match fishing. Expensive and slightly crazy to me doing that with hook baits.... But I'm told it works amazingly well by those who do it.

We simply have never been in a position to be able to offer freezer baits Jamie. Or bulk liquids, anything like this. Time and space. So we have always concentrated on hook baits, solely. We have a very wide customer base now though, we sell to every bait companies customers, all over the country. We know from our customers, that they would love to be able to have S2 freezer baits, or a bottle of GPB1 liquid cure. So it would be crazy for us not to do it really. I had a very important meeting two weeks ago. It went very well indeed. That's where the video of the machine came from. I have another meeting in a week or so's time. We will have the space and the hands which we need, to be able to do all of this stuff soon.

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   Old Thread  #235 10 Oct 2019 at 11.29am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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As Ian said they should sink with a hook Matt. If you do get one hook bait which is to buoyant.... Simply trim a piece of cork from the outside of the hook bait. Where they have 5mm lumps of cork inside, it's quite simple to adjust buoyancy, by trimming a visible piece of cork. No need for putty etc, and you can get the exact buoyancy which you require. Takes seconds with a pair of scissors.

One of the very best things about out crushed corks, both balanced and pop ups, is the ability to change the buoyancy quite easily. Taking the top off of a 16mm crushed cork pop up with a serrated knife is a real winner. Fish it on a chod or SHR etc, with the flat side facing up. It improves the rig mechanics no end having a flat side, when they try to blow it out of their mouth with force. They so rarely see a 'chop' on a resetting rig. Fished over chops, it's a winner.
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   Old Thread  #234 10 Oct 2019 at 11.19am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Replied mate. Sorry I missed yours, I had loads.
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   Old Thread  #233 10 Oct 2019 at 9.48am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Had a little play with the 13mm I ordered recently they slowly sank and sat perfect with a Drennan super specialist barbel hook in a size 4 which is what I mainly use in the UK so I was happy with that, I haven't tried any other patterns yet that was the first one I like mine to sink without all the extra putty or tungsten beads they were spot on, I've yet to stick one out in the pond as I was waiting until after my trip to France at the end of this month but I'm popping out for a 24hr tomorrow so will be my first time trying out the hookbaits.
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   Old Thread  #232 9 Oct 2019 at 9.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm sure someone on here will know this.. do the balanced gbp1 baits sink under the weight of a hook or do they require a little split shot like the s2 wafters
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   Old Thread  #231 9 Oct 2019 at 8.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hmm interesting. I thought I read somewhere once that you deemed it financially unviable to roll the S2 as a ďfeed baitĒ ?

This has interested me a lot. My eyes shall be kept open.
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   Old Thread  #230 9 Oct 2019 at 8.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Ordered some after reading on here and looking at FB. Looking forward to getting them
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No reply to my PM
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   Old Thread  #228 9 Oct 2019 at 11.53am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ooooh thatís naughty Good times ahead
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   Old Thread  #227 9 Oct 2019 at 11.48am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
British design and engineering at it's very best. Hopefully this machine should be churning out S2 & GPB freezer baits in the not to distant future.

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   Old Thread  #226 9 Oct 2019 at 11.42am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I just caught up on some PM's. Quite a few of them were asking to order F1's. We can't put them on sale though, until we are totally clear of all current orders. That will be in the next few days. We have been so incredibly busy the past few weeks, and it's not slowing down much. All orders are going out within a short time frame still though. I really do not want to mess that up. We have shed loads of S3 white crushed cork pop ups/balanced ready in both 13mm & 16mm. Loads of hard coated F1 white crushed cork pop ups/balanced in 16mm & 13mm too.

As soon as our current order list is clear, we'll put them on sale via special orders. I'll say on here, before anywhere else... So there is no panic, you will all get what you need.
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   Old Thread  #224 6 Oct 2019 at 7.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Fish of a life time that is!
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What a fish.
If only you could post a few pics to back up your baits Mark
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My friend Scott has been after this fish for a decade from Roach Pit. It comes out pretty rarely. It can go years between captures. When he caught that big beautiful simmo earlier in this thread around a month ago, I sent him some garlics and told him, that he would catch his target on one of those before the season was out. He laughed at me, scoffed that it had already been out in the Spring, so there was absolutely no chance. Second trip with them he caught it this weekend. It's nice being right sometimes

41lb4oz, 13mm balanced garlic pro biotic... It's such a stunning carp.

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I have literally died this week mofo... Horrible, horrible flu.
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Going on tomorrow or Tuesday Dennis. Yours went on Thursday Richard.
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Hi mark, will you be doing anymore of the cell hookbaits this year?
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Arrived today Mark
I seem to have a surprise too??
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Hi mark, I placed an order on the 15th September. Any idea when it will be dispatched?
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Thanks Mark. New order placed
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****ing man up will ya, if you lost a stone youíd go down the plug hole 😳
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Hi Mark, I placed my order last Wednesday any idea when they will be being dispatched?
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Yours went yesterday Bren, be there today or tomorrow. No problem Thrilljockey, I just saw your PM. Text me on that number when you did what you wanted to do, and I'll make sure that it is sorted for you.
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Thanks Ian, that's very kind of you mate. I'm still absolutely dying of Amazonian flu. Lost a stone now in the last four days. I actually thought I might die two days ago.


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That's brilliant Mark. Thanks. PM sent.†
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Hats off to Mark, I ordered 3 pots last Thursday and 4 pots were delivered this morning cannot fault that for a bespoke hookbait service, better than normal service has been resumed even though he's feeling under the weather.

Mark being a man of his word has included a freebie which I forgot to thank him for in my PM so thank you for those Mark much appreciated.

Removing the lids I didn't know what to expect especially sat in the office a few feet away from the wife who has been subject to some appalling smells from some of the baits I have opened over the years, as well as my bowls, I was pleasantly surprised by nice subtle natural smells to all of the baits S2's,S4's and GPB's, Garlic is one that can be overdone in a bait but not in this case though. hopefully give me a little edge going through Autumn into winter.
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Hello mate, PM me your full name on the order. They will get replaced for you, like everyone else's did. Sorry for the late reply, I had an important meeting for SHB Friday evening which I went to, although feeling pretty rough... But I've been absolutely dying of flu ever since I left that meeting.

It's seriously knocked me sideways all weekend. Having great trouble lifting my head up off of the pillow at the moment. I must have brought it back from South America with me.

Well done on the new PB.

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I read earlier on in this thread†about the GPB1 turning white, but that they were fine to use. Well mine did exactly†that, and I actually manage to up my pb mirror with a 46 pounder from an extremely low stock pit so they certainly are effective in that state.

However they now seem to have turned for good as they have now gone from white to a mouldy green and have a definitely†mouldy smell to them.†I certainly reckon they have lost their edge by now.†Luckily, I still have 2 pots of s2īs to see me through the†foreseeable future so all is not lost.†Has anyone else had this happen with their†īwhiteī ones?†
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   Old Thread  #206 27 Sept 2019 at 11.50am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You'll have them next week Brendon. We are a little bit snowed under currently.
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   Old Thread  #205 26 Sept 2019 at 10.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just ordered a tub of gpb1 what's the delivery time like?
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   Old Thread  #204 26 Sept 2019 at 10.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have no patience. Get back on that big pit, you'll get a big special one soon Paul. Good luck mate.
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   Old Thread  #203 26 Sept 2019 at 6.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Too busy earning a crust mate!
Away working until end of October now too

Only been for 2 short overnights since the last one, one of those was wiped out with weed-bergs!
And last weeks holiday trip.

Patience young Padawan
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   Old Thread  #202 26 Sept 2019 at 6.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Completely the opposite to Stuarts findings on his clay pit Paul.

You had anymore from that other lake on the garlic? I've been waiting to see a massive lump from you
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   Old Thread  #201 26 Sept 2019 at 5.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Interesting re: the clay Mark.

Just back from a lake which is all clay, and my only take was on an S2, the other 2 rods on GPB.
Of course it could have been the only one in the right place!
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   Old Thread  #200 26 Sept 2019 at 5.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Spot on mate will put a order in at end of the week 👍😁
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   Old Thread  #199 26 Sept 2019 at 5.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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We already have loads of them done Gregg. They are not being put on sale until we have cleared our current orders list. It went crazy whilst I was in Brazil. Should be end of next week approximately.
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   Old Thread  #198 26 Sept 2019 at 3.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Any news in the gpb1 glm and the f1 when they are ready for mate 👍
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   Old Thread  #197 26 Sept 2019 at 2.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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They will work for you Ian. You will have it. PM me your full name on here, I'll make sure something nice gets put in extra for you
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   Old Thread  #196 26 Sept 2019 at 2.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well done Cam!! That's a lovely one!! You'll have plenty more
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   Old Thread  #195 26 Sept 2019 at 11.55am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Just placed my first order for my winter syndicate which is difficult at the best of times, not back on there until my French Trip at the end of October.
I'm hoping this year should produce the first 40+ it came close last January at 38+ it's one of the originals of the dozen or so that's in there, they tend to disappear for long periods previous to this the fish went on the missing list for over two years and it weighed 27.4 at that time, only two more have been out this year one that hasn't been caught for 3 years that went 24.12 which prior to that it was 19.2 which for an old male fish is a nice steady gain and another that was last out again over 3 years ago at 20 went 27.14,

Quite a few of the stockies I wouldn't mind catching as well VS fish knocking on the door of 30lb stocked at 6 to 8lb five years ago, the water is crawling with naturals which is why they are pumping on the weight, it does make them difficult to catch all part of the game though, hopefully the little balls of magic can make something happen for me.
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   Old Thread  #194 26 Sept 2019 at 11.45am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Had this last month from what has been a bit of a tricky water for me.
GPB1 over a scattering of SLK.
21.00lb


16-08-2019-21-00-L
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   Old Thread  #193 26 Sept 2019 at 11.12am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thank you Boycie.
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   Old Thread  #192 26 Sept 2019 at 11.12am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well done on the new PB Stuart.

I think last week was a record breaking 'PB' week for us. So many people broke their PB last week using our stuff, it was unreal.

It's almost as good, as me getting to go fishing myself
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   Old Thread  #191 25 Sept 2019 at 6.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Itís taken a while but Iíve finally got round to ordering some GPB1 looking forward to getting out on the bank with them
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   Old Thread  #190 25 Sept 2019 at 6.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Good to see some proper evidence to backup the claims Mark. You always deliver no Frenchies or pasties either!
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   Old Thread  #189 25 Sept 2019 at 4.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cheers for the detailed reply Mark, in my own mind i had came to the conclusion that different ph values between the lakes i fish might be something to do with it.

I thought my own half baked theory had been debunked when i saw your post about the White and Black catches as i would imagine with both lakes being so close together the PH values would be pretty similar and so one bait in your range would work better than the others in those lakes. I hadn't considered angler pressure and you recommending he try the others, which was a bit daft of me.

Long and the short of it is that your baits work, new pb last week for me from the clay pit on the Garlics, so well happy.

cheers

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   Old Thread  #188 25 Sept 2019 at 3.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Alex Ollis with a lovely scaly one this week. S3.

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   Old Thread  #187 25 Sept 2019 at 2.39pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi Stuart. In simple terms mate, because he trusts what I tell him I'd like to think. For a few years, John used nothing except our yellow S4 12mm cork balls, whilst he was still a secretive angler. He never wanted the general public knowing the amazing results he was getting on our hook baits, and wanted to keep his edge to himself, only telling friends what he was up too. It was only when he moved onto White this year, that he started using the S2 really. He's only been giving us photos for three months now. We do not have any 'sponsored' anglers as such... John is one of only a very small number of anglers who now get our hook baits for free, whatever he wants. When we had that conversation earlier this year... He likes a 12mm cork ball, which we do not roll in the Garlic. I sent him some GPB1 12mm cork balls which we had produced especially for him. I also sent him one tub of white S3 12mm corks, and told him no one was using these to my knowledge on White or Black Swan and he should try them. He only went for a two night guest on Black... So it was the perfect chance for him to try them. I'm sure he was pleased with the results.... The entire 'Sugars' range of our hook baits, are based on the same base mix, and although they smell and look different, it's the same magic that makes them all work so well. The S2 is only so popular in my eyes, because they smell nice to the human nose, and they were the hook bait that 'made' our business what it is today. White & Black Swan have been ripped to bits on the S2, long before John got on there... The bigguns in both pits have been caught over and over on the S2, despite the pits being dominated numbers wise by anglers from another bait firm. I told John he should try the white S3 I sent him, that he would be pleasantly surprised. Also, we added the dark liquid from the original brown S2, to the white and pink S2 a few months ago. This leaves a dark stain on the outside of the hook bait. It makes them better, but they are not bright white in the tub anymore until they have been in the water for a while. The white S3 are bright white from the off. We are currently making John some white S2, without the dark liquids in, as he has more confidence in them being the original bright white. I am going to ask our customers on social media soon, if they would prefer us to keep the pinks and the whites with the dark liquids in, or return them to how they were before without it. I personally know that they are much better with that dark liquid added from the original browns, and always favoured the browns for my own angling for that reason.... But it does stain them, which is why it was always left out previously from the coloured S2. Confidence is everything, and the customer is always right though. If our punters want them returned to how they were, then we will do that.

As to why you struggled for a bite on the S2 on that clay pit, and then caught on the GPB1... They have a totally different PH... As do our S range of hook baits from each other. Certain lakes seem to respond better, to different PH baits. There is an area in the SW, where the anglers all use the S3, as it is more effective than the S2 on those pits I am told. More likely in my eyes, is the fact that your clay pit has most likely been battered by other anglers on the S2 previously lol. The S2 has been turning lakes over, for seven years now, catching the bigguns over and over again. So I'd personally go more with it just being used on your clay pit a lot in the past and they liked the change to the Garlics. The Garlic had most likely not been used there before, as we have only been producing it for a few months. The Garlic is a different base mix to the Sugars range as well.
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   Old Thread  #186 25 Sept 2019 at 1.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi Mark,

Any idea why he switched from the S2's which he has been doing really well on to the S3 and GBP's when he moved to a different lake? I would be very reluctant to switch hookbait after the results he has been having on White Swan.

I have total faith in the S2's on most waters i fish but couldn't buy a bite on them from a clay pit, switched to the GBP1 and got bites on my first trip with them. Just thinking out aloud as to why different waters respond differently to different baits.

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   Old Thread  #185 25 Sept 2019 at 8.50am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Line, tied to the dorsal? Coming from his mouth? Here's a different shot of same fish.

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   Old Thread  #184 25 Sept 2019 at 7.25am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Tripping I reckon, think you might need specsavers if not I do.
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   Old Thread  #183 24 Sept 2019 at 11.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Is it me tripping or is there a piece of line coming out his mouth to the stuck up dorsal on the mirror? I'm not knocking anyone but I do notice the slightest thing wrong in a photo so I Can't help but say haha
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   Old Thread  #182 24 Sept 2019 at 9.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Keep them coming Mark and thanks for sharing. Good angling
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   Old Thread  #181 24 Sept 2019 at 8.03pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
James Palis, with a stunning 35lb+ Dinton common, one of a number of 30+ James had had the last few trips... White S2 13mm CC.

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   Old Thread  #180 24 Sept 2019 at 7.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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They were all using something 'special' Dean

Yes I got back this morning. I smashed Ladbrokes up so bad last month, and we were totally up to date with our orders... So I thought sod it, splash a little of the winnings on another two weeks in paradise with the missus. I got burnt to a crisp... It was 40+ degrees most days. That breeze was a godsend.

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   Old Thread  #179 24 Sept 2019 at 7.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Theres some stunners. Quality bait
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   Old Thread  #178 24 Sept 2019 at 7.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Fook me well done that man.....

He must be using something special

You been back out to Brazil again then Mark?
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Oh yes mate, I most certainly do.
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   Old Thread  #175 24 Sept 2019 at 6.16pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Got Anymore photos like this mate
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I've already posted a lot of photographs of John Cash on here, the bloke has ripped Dinton White Swan to bits this year. He has very likely caught more from the very pressured lake, than anyone ever has before in his first season on there on our S2. He's a working man with a young family too.

This weekend, John had a two night guest session on Black Swan with his friend. What he caught on our S3 & GPB1 was just absolutely mind blowing. Anglers at Dinton are shaking their heads in disbelief at what John is doing over there right now.

Ten big carp in two nights, on a very big pit, that he's never fished before. Some of the best ones.

46lb6oz

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   Old Thread  #173 24 Sept 2019 at 5.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Top picture, simply stunning
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Josh Sandars with two consecutive new PBís from Nash Church lake. 40lb6oz & 47lb10oz, S2 12mm cork balls. The scaly one was un caught for over three years and presumed dead. Aptly named 'Houdini'.

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James Sherman, Frimley's big fully, 43lb6oz, white S2 13mm CC.

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Ricci Connolly, from a different Kent pit. 47lb12oz (mirror) & 46lb (common). Caught along with a 39lb+ mirror, and a 28lb common on same two night session. GPB1 balanced 13mm all of them.