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   Old Thread  #19 9 Jan 2021 at 10.04am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Had a decent session in France quite a while back using odyssey xxx. Made myself some hookbaits as normal, wafters, pop ups etc, but then i made a paste wrap around the hookbaits. I incorporated crushed mealworm, snail shells all sorts of other bits, then air dried it for a few days. The paste would disintegrate in the water over a period of time leaving the hookbait. I've also used the scalded pellet over the hookbait too on short sessions.
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   Old Thread  #18 7 Jan 2021 at 7.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Paste wraps! Back when I was younger I used to fish Horseshoe a lot. When it was warm I did really well fishing on the edges of blatant clear spots in Summer Bay. I used to mould a big lump of scalded trout pellet paste around the hookbait and hook, cast it out to the clip in the middle of the blatant spot and then pull my lead back until it locked up against the weed. By using a reasonable length hooklink this meant the bait was perfectly presented on the edge of the spot with the hook point being protected by the paste. It would dissolve quickly and I had numerous takes really quickly after casting out Bet you dont see many people do that these days
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   Old Thread  #17 7 Jan 2021 at 5.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I agree, I always wrapa boilie in plenty of paste, had my biggest carp using this tactic.
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   Old Thread  #16 7 Jan 2021 at 2.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Frozen paste balls (rolled like normal boilies, just not boiled) made with a decent high quality milk protein basemix are IMO some of the best winter baits you can use. John Baker is a massive advocate of paste wraps for hookbaits...but you never see anyone doing it! Edge
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   Old Thread  #15 7 Jan 2021 at 11.32am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Even easier then, make up a base mix, no egg, just liquids, additives etc., form it into a block, vac pack for 2 weeks minimum, cut into slices then into cubes, spomb out.. You will of course be missing out fishing a plain boilie though..
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   Old Thread  #14 7 Jan 2021 at 10.29am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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not fishing them on the hook mate.
purely a baiting approach.
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   Old Thread  #13 7 Jan 2021 at 10.06am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Dont have to put them on as hookbait as such, you can use anything harder than that to stay on.
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   Old Thread  #12 7 Jan 2021 at 9.59am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Bear in mind they will turn to mush very quickly and you will be recasting a lot with just an uncooked boilie. If you want to go along the non boiled bait route there is so much more you can do than just not cooking a boilie. I have made uncooked hookbaits that will last 12 hrs in the water and have caught me some very decent fish; both UK and French PB's were on 'mature' paste baits. These take 3-6 months to fully form so that they work as intended, i.e. developing internal organic acids and compounds that negate the need for any flavour to be required. No egg, pure liquid food and a base mix of all the stuff carp will just pick up, the signal given off is significant. It won't suit every lakebed though, and not every desired presentation, and is not easy to perfect, but is certainly very rewarding when it works..

Ps, and never add water to a hookbait, why would anyone ever do that?
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   Old Thread  #11 7 Jan 2021 at 6.40am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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i thick i may be onto something with this.
freezing them is a whole new avenue.
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   Old Thread  #10 6 Jan 2021 at 6.39pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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roll them and put them on a tray in freezer and bag them when they are solid so you have completely fresh (uncooked) round balls of paste, get some dry ice and they will stay frozen for few days in good cool box... putting out paste with stick making no real disturbance is a tactic you will not see many use
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   Old Thread  #9 6 Jan 2021 at 6.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Good tip
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   Old Thread  #8 6 Jan 2021 at 4.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Keeping them frozen as long as possible also makes them use friendly on the bank if you do have to use a catty.
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   Old Thread  #7 6 Jan 2021 at 2.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I like this idea I have done bare mixes at home and as we are in lock down i may do this the weekend
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   Old Thread  #6 4 Jan 2021 at 10.52am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Why not, ive not done that myself and tbh I've no idea why... 😂
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   Old Thread  #5 4 Jan 2021 at 10.51am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Or maybe just up the Hydro even more
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