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   Old Thread  #214 25 Sept 2021 at 11.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That is a stunning fish 😲 absolutely beautiful
Looking forward to getting my order now can’t wait, already use the krill and cal with great effect so thought I’d give some others a chance
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   Old Thread  #213 25 Sept 2021 at 11.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What a lovely fish...
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   Old Thread  #212 25 Sept 2021 at 8.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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No idea why the image is so blooming big again
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   Old Thread  #211 25 Sept 2021 at 7.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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This is Jamie with a stunning 36lb caught on The Herb. Jamie has done well on Super Squids and Red Legend too.
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   Old Thread  #210 25 Sept 2021 at 6.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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This thread is costing me a fortune
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   Old Thread  #209 25 Sept 2021 at 4.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I'm trying the Almond 12mms tomorrow, very,very deep lake..

Can't wait,...c'moooon..


And Carole's fish ...that is big.....result..!!
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   Old Thread  #208 25 Sept 2021 at 4.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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There is just no need.
Ken has always paid for his products like all of the people on the forum.
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   Old Thread  #207 25 Sept 2021 at 4.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What lesson?

You're a comedian, aren't you! Go on...Make me laugh some more!
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   Old Thread  #206 25 Sept 2021 at 3.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What lesson?
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   Old Thread  #205 25 Sept 2021 at 2.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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FFS! Leave it can't you? You just cannot resist, can you?

But yes, I did pay for my bait...Not that it's any of your business. I'd have thought you would have learned a lesson from you similar question about me paying for Matt's stuff.

Anyway, here's the proof.



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   Old Thread  #204 25 Sept 2021 at 2.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Did you pay for these ones?
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   Old Thread  #203 24 Sept 2021 at 8.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Wow, Ken and Carole that is awesome!
And massive thanks to all of the other guys catching so many. My phone just rings and pings all day at the moment with catch reports. It really does make a difference when you add foods to hookbaits and you lads and ladies are proving that.
The super squids……there is a story to tell about those little bad boys involving Martin lock, mark Pidgley, a chemist and a little old dusty bottle😉
I might even cover it in my book if it’s ever finished😂😂😂😉
Keep your eyes peeled for some mega catch reports in the next few weeks! Good luck to you all over the weekend!
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   Old Thread  #202 24 Sept 2021 at 4.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That looks huge Ken👍
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   Old Thread  #201 24 Sept 2021 at 1.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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well done Carole

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   Old Thread  #200 24 Sept 2021 at 1.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Recent PB for Mrs T. caught on a 12mm Dark Sting pop-up. Nice!

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   Old Thread  #199 23 Sept 2021 at 6.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Have to agree.. just been to Cherry lakes and had 12 (8 20's & 4 30's) out in 3 days. All on their squid mini wafters..
Mate was blanking using another squid hookbait (smelt totally different) changed to these and he caught straight away.
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   Old Thread  #198 22 Sept 2021 at 9.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The squids are awesome! Having been super fussy and rolled my own for years these are a breath of fresh air. Real peppery
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   Old Thread  #197 22 Sept 2021 at 7.35am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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goodman keep him busy.
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   Old Thread  #196 21 Sept 2021 at 7.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The Herb,
This is one that is proving to be a real winner winner chicken dinner. It is not for me to try and give you all the sales spiel but all I will say about it is that the herb has changed handcraft. I’m so happy with the results the feed back and the general buzz about something I have made that it will shape our future. I have been getting closer and closer to a really special red fishmeal for a few years and I think I have nailed it. Find a few lads who are on it, go and have a look, watch the catch reports on our pages and make your own mind up.
Not one negative bit of feedback to me yet (regarding the bait)
It’s well made, has no bread or crap in it, it’s a true fishmeal that is heavy on the liquids. I’m told it smells like monster pursuit or sting (if it does it’s by mistake)
Fenugreek, garlic and liver feature in its make up. From within our team it’s the favourite bait of choice. Just don’t know what it will be like in true winter compared to our other baits.
Amino acids aplenty
No freezer baits in stock until the end of the week 😂
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   Old Thread  #195 21 Sept 2021 at 6.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That was my thread , started it as a lot of comments were about pop ups , not the herb…. I’m on a syndi that is bombarded with a fair bit of red fish meals of varying qualities, wanted to find out a bit about the range. A mate has started using it and is quite impressed
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   Old Thread  #194 21 Sept 2021 at 5.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Someone asked about the herb range on another thread, seems to be locked for some reason. I’m happy to answer any questions publicly or privately if you so wish. Lots going on this week and we sold out once again!! Busy busy times………..anyone need a job 😂😂😂
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   Old Thread  #193 21 Sept 2021 at 5.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You certainly have done well mate! Pidge said hello😉
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   Old Thread  #192 21 Sept 2021 at 9.18am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Thanks gents kept the run of good fortune, I fished the syndicate at the weekend for a night one week on from Rainbow and landed the biggest in the pond at 38.12 on the HC super squid pop-up fished as a single no freebies.
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   Old Thread  #191 20 Sept 2021 at 7.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Great result and pictures..
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   Old Thread  #190 17 Sept 2021 at 3.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Some lovely fish there fella!! Well done indeed!
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   Old Thread  #189 17 Sept 2021 at 12.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Very nice 👍.
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   Old Thread  #188 17 Sept 2021 at 11.36am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
A couple from Rainbow that picked up a Handcraft Krill and Cal pop-up hookbait last week.

67lb
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56lb
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Had a 50lb common 35lb ish sturgeon and a 28lb common to round the week off but they all came on a mates bait tuna and krill wafter.

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   Old Thread  #187 15 Sept 2021 at 5.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The dark sting…….very popular at the moment. Brilliant attractors In a dark brown! Perfect combo
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   Old Thread  #186 15 Sept 2021 at 3.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That fish was caught on such a cold evening that everyone’s cameras were freezing up and struggled to focus. In the end I just let her go with what we had on two of the cameras and took a chance. I’m never fussed by photos, I’m more worried about getting them back quick. Just need her big brother of a common 😉
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   Old Thread  #185 15 Sept 2021 at 10.49am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yep not a problem. I've had a 12 mm pick up a size 4 complete with a 22mm bottom bait like there was nothing heavy attached to it
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   Old Thread  #184 15 Sept 2021 at 10.13am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Dark Sting doing OK for me! I wish I could identify the pong!
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   Old Thread  #183 15 Sept 2021 at 9.19am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Shillham technology……trace it all the way back to the man behind handcraft hookbaits.
Regarding buoyancy, we can make them even more buoyant very easily but then they will be far too floaty for many anglers. People don’t want loads of metal or putty on rigs. We have tried to find a nice compromise. Very buoyant and designed for size 4s generally, same with the Wafters. We are aware of the fact that we can’t please everyone.
But the 12s are really made for the size 4 Ronnie brigade or stiff hinge or chods. The 15mm baits are very very buoyant should you need even more!! It’s more about what we can put inside the mixes rather than how buoyant they are. We will happily answer any questions you all have
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   Old Thread  #182 15 Sept 2021 at 8.41am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Im using size 2 fox curv hooks on ronnies, they are more like a size 4, but the wire gauge is much bigger than most
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   Old Thread  #181 15 Sept 2021 at 8.24am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The shilham baits popups will do that easily
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   Old Thread  #180 15 Sept 2021 at 8.19am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I pierce mine mate on a size 4 Mugga Ronnie, 12mm stays popped up for 48hrs at least. Best bouyancy I have seen outside cork based baits, and they catch 👍
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   Old Thread  #179 15 Sept 2021 at 7.46am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
How buoyant are these pop ups please guys. I’m struggling to find something that is buoyant enough. The ns1+ are the only things I’ve found that seem to last more than 10 hours before losing buoyancy. I want to pierce them rather than tie them on if possible. I am using big hooks so it’s a lot to ask I know
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   Old Thread  #178 15 Sept 2021 at 7.37am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I concur
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   Old Thread  #177 15 Sept 2021 at 6.31am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That is one hell of a fish.
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   Old Thread  #176 15 Sept 2021 at 1.16am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm not sure what you did to that pic Cam but this is what she looks like in all her glory

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   Old Thread  #175 14 Sept 2021 at 10.46am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Lovely looking fish👍
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Many thanks…..just learning how to post photos and picked a large image to start with 😂😂
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   Old Thread  #172 13 Sept 2021 at 3.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just resizing the pic Gav

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This 52lb Mirror is the queen of a low stock pit in Berkshire and it fell for a sting pop up in very deep water when the lake had not produced any carp for a month. The carp caught a month before was also caught on the same hookbait!
The 52lb was caught in December on a day where the temps never got above 2 degrees celcius.

I have always found that this little 12mm pop up saves me a blank, especially in cold water, when I do most of my angling.
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Yep she’s a cracker and it came at a time when the lake was fishing really tough. Excuse the photo of the sting hookbaits as that is an old and dated image from the winter with the old packaging.
What makes the sting so effective? Well anyone who has ever made pop ups will know that certain liquids destroy certain aspects of your basemix……..I soon worked out that those liquids for whatever reason are very attractive.
Aniseed
Bunspice
Tutti
Certain spices………all very destructive in a volatile basemix
The Herb which we launched this summer contains several of these elements and surprise surprise it’s been a mega bait so far, in fact it’s impossible to keep in stock.
Also hydro liquids in hookbaits………what an eye opener that has been! I have always been obsessed with hookbaits seeing as it’s the one on the end of your rig.
Be advised though as September is not the greatest time of year to be putting out hi viz hookbaits on certain venues. Matching dull Wafters or bottom baits is a deadly combo right now.
Right, back to work now as the bait isn’t gonna make itself!
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   Old Thread  #170 13 Sept 2021 at 1.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Cracking fish that Gav 👏
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   Old Thread  #168 13 Sept 2021 at 1.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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This is the Sting 12mm ultra buoyant pop up, it is made using the Sting essential oil which I get directly from Nash. I believe it was Shaun Harrison who came up with the blend whilst at Nash. We blend it with our own unique set of flavours and sweeteners to make the finished product and is one of our biggest sellers.

Nash bait sting was a spicy fishmeal that contained a bovine meal which is no longer allowed in bait production, that smelt a little bit like Mulligatawny soup and was probably one of the best baits I have ever used.
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   Old Thread  #167 13 Sept 2021 at 12.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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May be different and Gav will answer but they bloody work
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I’m sore Gav can answer that, it works though trust me 👍
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   Old Thread  #165 12 Sept 2021 at 10.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I listened to Gary Bayes on one of the podcasts recently and he said he wouldn’t make the old Sting anymore as you can’t get the correct ingredients. Are these baits a different ‘Sting’?
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   Old Thread  #164 12 Sept 2021 at 10.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Been using these for a few months now, have to say quality is second to none and they do the business. The Sting is something special, Eton Mess and others 👌
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It’s amazing what we can produce 😂
If any of you think of a hookbait that is a bit special or perhaps got some winter mileage then drop us a message. We won’t be under so much pressure in winter and maybe we can run some smaller batches off. This week has been ridiculous! That blooming herb bait and all its accessories has had us under a bit of pressure.
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   Old Thread  #162 10 Aug 2021 at 9.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hardened hookbaits arrived today, look and smell great 👍
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Thanks for the link, that lake looks rather special.
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Happy days, many thanks.
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   Old Thread  #159 31 Jul 2021 at 12.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
you tube link
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZodGyns7GJY&t=24s&ab_channel=HandcraftBaits

Sorry haven't worked out the Linky Poo thing
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   Old Thread  #157 31 Jul 2021 at 11.59am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What is the film ?
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He has been doing it longer than anyone else I know. And we are both fascinated with the concept of making a carp pick them up first and what we can cram into them. We are working on some clever things. Glad you liked the film mate and hope you are well!!
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   Old Thread  #155 30 Jul 2021 at 8.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Just had a gander at your first you tube video, I knew your hookbaits were of a familiar standard to some I've used before albeit a while ago, as soon as I heard Pidge's name mentioned, I 've fished a few times at Rainbow when Pidge has been there and raided his popup bucket a few times, all makes sense now 🤔 👌
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We all know what goes on behind a capture, is not what is on the capture report sometimes
As long as they are happy

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I don’t really know what he claims but I’m sure he has given me a few extra customers which is a nice return from my point of view. We have all sorts of people using them now and I don’t really mind what people say in the media as I understand the fact that they are sponsored by company x but prefer our hookbaits or even boilies. I have seen a few biggies recently on our baits but on another companies website…….doesn’t worry me personally at all. Nice of them to drop me the message to be fair
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   Old Thread  #152 20 Jul 2021 at 8.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Is he catching them on your hookbaits Gav, or claiming he’s caught it on another ‘bait’

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You are welcome fella! It is rare that your specific product is out of stock but I am told there is a shortage of hgv drivers hence why that one was delayed. The banoffees………a very well known angler is doing incredibly well on those “down south”😉😉
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Wanted to thank Gavin and his team for excellent service, a product was out of stock which slightly delayed my order but I was kept informed. Order arrived a day sooner than expected with apologectic note inside. I tried the banoffee pop ups first time out four takes so looking forward to using the other products I ordered.

Thank You again

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It is a boilie. It has matching hookbaits, and the lads still chop and change from Wafters to pop ups, bright ones to dull ones. But for some reason it just seems to be the bait they love there. To the point where I just know that the last two lads on there using it this year will probably catch the biggun again
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   Old Thread  #148 14 Jul 2021 at 8.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Is that K20 as freebies or hookbait. Is there a pop up version of K20?
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   Old Thread  #147 14 Jul 2021 at 8.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The bait that works on the tricky lake is the k-2-0 boilie. It is has caught more carp than every other bait put together according to the lads still fishing there. Dark natural salty rich food bait……..that contains snails😉
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   Old Thread  #146 14 Jul 2021 at 6.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The Red Legend has managed a few fish out of a couple of tricky waters recently, and I love the dark colour.
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   Old Thread  #145 14 Jul 2021 at 4.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It was the K & C corkballs.
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Out of interest, which bait worked well at the natural lake. The krill and cal?
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I've bought the squids and red legends this time to give them a try along with the Krill & Cal again Gav, in all honesty I prefer the natural colors for hookbaits as opposed to the bright ones but I do use them in certain situations usually one out of the three rods will be fishing on a bright bait but that's just my preference, had to give the Squids a try just on the captures I've seen posted so far but would be happy with them along the lines of the red legend colour or an even deeper red.
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There is one water near me that always makes me smile. It is the hardest most natural food infested lake I have ever cast into. One of my baits has caught most of the carp in that lake several times over yet other baits used there struggle to make 2 captures in a year. The one thing about the winning bait…….a basemix made with lots of minerals, salts, and protein…..a really nice fishmeal,krill, birdfood, milk, combo!
The bigguns last few captures have all revolved around that bait.
On a different note we have been discussing bright baits here today and it seems that they are still the most popular hookbait of choice
Super squid and sting are the biggest sellers here
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My order turned up just now, placed yesterday pm....

Those Sting pop ups and wafters brought back some memories when i unscrewed the lid....
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The base mix attraction is enough, but the way the impact and ice red attract naturals is a huge part of the attraction imo
I found the impact useless on one water, it took a while to realise there just wasn't the invertebrate life at the depths I was fishing to get the best out of it

It's interesting seeing ice red cork balls in the edge too, it doesn't take long for the snails to get to them, it kind of makes a mockery of these finely balanced presentations
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   Old Thread  #139 14 Jul 2021 at 10.12am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That natural impact is awesome stuff. Mixed 50/50 with the o.p.m and a coupl of extra bits it's something else though...
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   Old Thread  #138 14 Jul 2021 at 9.57am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I totally agree. Many years ago I was doing a bit of testing for Carp Company. Apart from the ice red, one of their best baits was Natural Impact. I used to have it rolled with a crab flavour from memory. Talking to Jules about it, he said it was the bait that he personally used but when he rolled it for himself he added no flavour at all. When I questioned him about this he said that the individual ingredients were attractive enough that he didn’t feel it needed a flavour label added. Essentially the complete opposite of nearly all shop bought pop ups!!
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   Old Thread  #137 13 Jul 2021 at 11.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If you Google chemoreception it will give you quite a lot to read up
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   Old Thread  #136 13 Jul 2021 at 8.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Saw lots of carp high up in the water column today at my lake. How does this differ in different seasons? I feel like I need to understand where they are before I can target them.
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Cheers Ken. That all sounds like helpful stuff.

Sometimes I think we can can become so obsessed with the bait itself, that we neglect to first fully understand the science and behaviour of what is actually eating the bait.

What is a carps main sense when it comes to finding food?
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   Old Thread  #134 13 Jul 2021 at 3.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If people really understood how effective hookbaits can be (not just that blank sphere overflavoured) then you will realise how my theory of less bait and better hookbaits has served me so well on the busiest of circuit waters. Many anglers associate strong smelling hookbaits as attractive and I have no doubt some of them are. But at this time of year on pressured venues it makes it very easy for carp to pick that one out. This is where Ken’s food bait theory really comes in. Food value not smell value (to humans)
I still say that there is not one single hookbait that I can use on every single venue for every month of the year, I have to chop and change from my favourite attractor visual favourite to the food bait ones at times. If the pop up base contains Fishmeal, powders, liquids and even milk proteins then the very foundations of the hookbaits is saying “eat me”. In the past that wasn’t possible unless it was a bottom bait. The techniques we use today are allowing so much more to be added. Our noses often send us down the wrong path in carp fishing. I fished this weekend on a venue that isn’t hugely pressured and the bites came on bright Wafters and my go to pop up. But two weeks ago on another venue I couldn’t get a bite on them so I switched to a food bait low smelling matching one that has had minamino worked into it. The bites came almost instantly.
The hookbait is a lure, you either make it appear like a freebie or you make it stand out. Both have benefits at the right time.
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   Old Thread  #133 13 Jul 2021 at 12.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I always wonder what good is applying any sort of liquid to a hookbait when surely it just washes off as soon as it hits the water?

Yes, that is the whole point. Ideally you need an instant surge of attraction backed up by a slow release source. A food message is simply that, a message that says 'eat me' to the carp. Bear in mind that such a message does not need to be a solid, it can equally be in liquid form and some of the best attractors are amino acid-rich liquids. A carp does not need to physically eat a substance to assess its nutritional worth. See if you can find any of Rod Hutchinson's articles on bait and attraction. 'The Carp Strikes back' is a good starting point. Similarly, listen to the Carp Chronicles podcasts, which often features top carp angling brains such as Jason Rider, John Baker and Dean Towey to name but a few. Your brain will explode at times, but there is much wisdom to be found on there.

CARP CHRONICLES PODCASTS.


Google free aminos, pH shift, or Why not ask Gavin at Handcraft? Glad you got yourself sorted with a really top class bait at last. Told you it was good kit, didn't I?
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   Old Thread  #132 13 Jul 2021 at 9.26am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Placed another order yesterday delivered by 8.30am this morning all the deliveries have been the same outstanding service.
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Within two weeks
I just need to get the shelf life perfect. Not long now😉
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   Old Thread  #130 11 Jul 2021 at 7.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
When is the herb available and will there be shelf life
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   Old Thread  #129 11 Jul 2021 at 5.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Not if you take time applying the liquids and letting the hookbaits draw them
I’m
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   Old Thread  #128 11 Jul 2021 at 3.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I’m not sure if it was the bait that made the difference or me learning new things about the lake. I like to think it was a mixture of the two. Interestingly, I had two rods out, one with a soaked pop up and one with a non soaked pop up and the carp one went for the non soaked one. Proves they are attractive without the soak.

I always wonder what good is applying any sort of liquid to a hookbait when surely it just washes off as soon as it hits the water?
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   Old Thread  #127 11 Jul 2021 at 3.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ken Townley said he uses crunchy peanut butter mixed with a whey protein on some of his baits.

As a hookbait paste wrap for bottom baits...
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   Old Thread  #126 11 Jul 2021 at 2.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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See! There you go...

@ post #124: Agree 100%.
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They’re spot on mate. Keep up the good work. Caught me my first carp on a very hard water.

I only asked about the peanut butter coating because there’s a thread about just that at the moment. Ken townley said he uses crunchy peanut butter mixed with a whey protein on some of his baits.

What about a hemp and garlic pop up?
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   Old Thread  #124 11 Jul 2021 at 10.30am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If anyone is buying your baits and then soaking them in goo, they need putting on the blocked list.
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   Old Thread  #123 10 Jul 2021 at 10.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cheers for the comments lads, and well done for catching those fish. I wouldn’t add anything to the pop ups personally as they are made with several layers of attraction from things like minamino, fruit palatants, sweetners, milks, fishmeal etc. But I also realise you guys love almond goo or mainline sprays or whatever so we just make sure the buoyancy will take it. At the end of the day you guys need to be confident. The peanut pop up is made from peanut protein…..no need to add anything to that! We have been working hard this week to keep up with orders and next week looks busy too. Super squid and red legend have sold incredibly well. We have really enjoyed making these baits and we are always looking out for that next edge😉
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   Old Thread  #122 10 Jul 2021 at 5.29pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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There will be enough attraction in them to use on there own bud
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In your opinion, would coating a peanut pop up in crunchy peanut butter add any attraction to the bait?
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   Old Thread  #120 10 Jul 2021 at 5.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Over the moon! Got my first carp from a water I had previously blanked the past 8 sessions on a krill and cal pop up.
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   Old Thread  #119 10 Jul 2021 at 12.05pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Recently received my 1st order of the peanut (smells amazing) and finally a decent pinnacle and NB (original nutrabaits user)
Can't wait to get these out
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Arrived already, great service and baits smell pukka 💥
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Forum testers would be available I am sure 😊
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The peanut bait is going through a few test batches😉
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   Old Thread  #115 7 Jul 2021 at 11.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Dammnit! Placed another order last night and these weren’t on there! 😄 Sure the Sting and the Squids will keep me going 👌

Any progress on matching bottom baits, peanut praline for example as my brother discussed with you recently?
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Those lads who asked about hard hookers a few weeks ago, they are now added to the site along with our version of the mixed herb!
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Changing hookbaits at times can be the difference between bites. A bright pop up is easily avoided, a matching bottom bait or wafter can induce pick ups. The key to all of this though is that confident feeding…..this is where I feel that not all baits are equal. How many times do you hear one angler say they can’t catch on bait x yet someone else goes on there and batters them on the same bait! Is the bait faulty or is the blanking angler not getting it right?
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I agree with most of what you said but I have had one particular experience that goes against that. I had a bait I was confident in, took it to a new syndicate and struggled, chucked out a cell wafter I had left over in my bag from a French trip and caught 1st cast. Then switched to Live System ( similar to Cell but better value imo) and started catching more consistently. No change to rigs, spots or tactics, just the bait on this occasion. With that in mind I tend to keep an open mind with bait, bit always start with what I am confident in but afraid to change it if needed
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Received the pop ups I asked for and got a few extras in there for free them red legends look n smell like there going to be good catchers looking to get out and use them in the next few days thanks again 👍✌
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It’s music to my ears when they say it’s a certain type of water. I haven’t been to one yet where a good food bait has failed me. Confidence in any bait or technique is a must
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I agree, carp are carp and they are not overly fussy. Put a Half decent bait in the right spot and they will take it.
I ignore what anyone says regarding a lake being a “cell” water or any other bait to be honest and use what I have confidence in.
I’ve never changed bait for a water and never had any problems getting bites.
Use what you have caught on and are confident in on any water and it will work
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I don't buy into this Cell water theory. As mentioned below quite often doing something different can give you an edge particularly if what you are using is better quality than the cell.

If you want to turn a pop up into a wafter just drill out a few ml with a nut drill and plug with putty before mounting on a needle. I do this a lot it saves carrying loads of different tubs
of hook baits around and you can balance the 'wafter' perfectly to suit your rig
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I agree
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Best thing for a cell water……..a fishmeal! 😉
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Thanks bud appreciated
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Just wish they would do a wafter in the coconut cream as im on a cell water.
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Sure can mate no problem. Might even be able to cobble together a sample of the new “herb” fishmeal
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Absolutely no problems with a size 4
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Yes, I use them with a size 4 Krank. Pop up perfectly, and more importantly they stay popped up!!!
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How buoyant are the 12mm pop ups?
Will they hold a size 4 hook up?
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Just placed a order for 2 tubs of pop ups any chance ya can chuck a few samples of the bottom baits k2o and the nutriplex im looking at getting some in next few weeks
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Appreciate the reply , cant wait to give em a go , next week ??
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Well we have taken a bit if Info from the best barbel anglers we know and we did knock around making a few baits for Terry lampard bless him in the past.
It’s all about the blend of quality milks (we have them in our carp boilies) but the emphasis on these is powdered ingredients. They do have some of John bakers cheese in and our own blend of garlic products and it is the garlic that you get initially when you smell them. The cheesy garlic one is high in protein (they all are really) and the cheese powder within it was good enough to eat! N butyric acid galore as it’s a barbel catcher for sure! They have been a pain to work with due to the milky nature but they turned out nice. The fishmeal bottom baits……..well we like them 😉
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   Old Thread  #96 11 Jun 2021 at 11.49am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I'd be interested to know the thought process on the milk protein barbel baits , are they flavoured ? Cheers
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   Old Thread  #94 9 Jun 2021 at 10.03pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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And the tutti 15mm 🤞
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We have made a Batch this week. Will get them up early next week when the admin lady is back 😉
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   Old Thread  #92 9 Jun 2021 at 7.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Do you sell the Krill and Cal in hardened bottom baits please, love the pop ups and wafters, need a BB to go with them
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   Old Thread  #91 7 Jun 2021 at 11.31am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Good news, will have them in time to try for the start of next month and the club lake re-opening.
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   Old Thread  #90 6 Jun 2021 at 3.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Just ordered myself 5 pots of hookbaits 🙈 I’m a sucker for a pot of hookbaits. Think I’ll now have about 150 pots of various hookbaits 😳😂
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   Old Thread  #89 6 Jun 2021 at 2.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You are very welcome.
Busy is a very nice place to be.
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Cheers fella
We have been very busy in fact we are a bit behind on boilie production but we will catch up this week hopefully. With most fish spawning it may buy us some time!!
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Wishing you every success. I hope you do very well with your products.

They do sound very good!
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Yeah I'd buy a 15mm of each wafter and pop up for sure if you did them.
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We can make anything to suit. The tutti will be more Popular in winter but there is nothing stopping us making them to the same standard as the others! We are busy at the mo doing the coconut and maybe our version of one of the most talked about flavours in recent years (Terry Hearn and the mixed herb😉
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Hi, do you plan to do the tuttis in wafters and 15mm like other flavours?
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Bottom baits are being rolled this week, we have some bigger baits for the barbel anglers coming too including a pure milk protein one. Also we will be adding some powders and additives to the website in the next ten days if you like to roll your own mixes at home and you struggle to find the good stuff!
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   Old Thread  #82 25 May 2021 at 7.09am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I will be straight on the Krill & Cal bottom baits.
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   Old Thread  #81 24 May 2021 at 9.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I’d be interested in the Krill and Calanus bottom baits, pellet shaped or round.
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They have been test rolled and they came out just how we wanted them. Should be available within a month if we can sort all of the other baits out. Barbel baits and a new pop up are on the go at the moment!
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Well done that man!! There have been some crackers out this week!! Keep up the good work!!
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   Old Thread  #78 24 May 2021 at 9.55am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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This is the one that I’m very interested in I love a krill wafter
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   Old Thread  #77 24 May 2021 at 8.36am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Will they be available this year ?
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   Old Thread  #76 24 May 2021 at 7.42am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Three landed Friday morning in a 2 hour period all on the Krill an Cal Corkballs.
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Getting out the distance was the only issue 40mph gusts out 100yds in a crosswind
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One of my favourites, the krill and cal is nice and dark, well made, smells lush!! Got some lovely things in! We are toying with some nice bottom baits for those who want to fish a food bait hard on the deck.
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   Old Thread  #74 23 May 2021 at 9.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Loving the Krill and Calanus wafters, a new water, 8 fish landed and 5 lost.so far. No sign of the biggies yet.
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Glad you like them! It’s been an issue keeping them on the shelf this week!
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   Old Thread  #72 18 May 2021 at 3.05pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Received the squid and krill today. Both smell absolutely fantastic
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Thanks for confirming

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Hello Michael, they can be stored like the rest of the hookbaits, they have been dried and preserved (low level) to make it easier for us anglers to look after them!
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Hello Keeperboy, do the wafters and cork ball PU’s need freezing between trips or are they ok to leave in tin in bait bucket?

Cheers

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   Old Thread  #68 13 May 2021 at 4.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Brilliant service!

Arrived yesterday very well packaged.

Looking forward to using the peanuts, they look spot on. There’s a Really nice powdered finish to them
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   Old Thread  #67 13 May 2021 at 10.47am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I ordered some after reading this post yesterday afternoon....I had a text this morning saying they would be with me between 9am-11am TODAY! Great service. I'll be trying these out on Saturday.

Thanks Gav
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   Old Thread  #66 11 May 2021 at 3.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Order just received so thanks for the great turn around time. Those banoffee pop ups smell amazing can't wait to use them on the weekend
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   Old Thread  #65 11 May 2021 at 2.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I bought some and had five sixties in half an hour!
In all seriousness, this seems to be a very interesting development to fishing. The Specialised Bait hookbaits are also very good WITHOUT the usual chemical flavour smell usually associated with hook baits.
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Evening all
Just got in from another busy day. How many pop ups in 12mm per tin? I just counted some choc malt 12mm baits and I counted 51
So around the 50 mark on average! Apologies to anyone who ordered over the weekend and who does not get them tomorrow but I just didn’t get time to send them all out before the courier came at 3.30pm. I will send them on tomorrow for Wednesday.
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   Old Thread  #63 10 May 2021 at 4.29pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Just placed my order. I’ll be ordering the squid and krill once back in stock.
Really nice and easy website to navigate
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   Old Thread  #62 10 May 2021 at 11.37am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
How many 12mm pop ups do you get in a pot?
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   Old Thread  #61 10 May 2021 at 10.54am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks for the info appreciated, I’m hoping to use them in anger tonight!
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   Old Thread  #60 10 May 2021 at 8.05am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Place my second order last Monday morning for the Krill and Can + Peanut Corkballs received Tuesday morning fished for a few nights at the weekend on the same 50 acre pit three carp between 19 & 29lb and two 8lb plus tench, three of the bites came on the Krill two on the Peanut, they have certainly turned the back end of mine and my mates season around.
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   Old Thread  #59 9 May 2021 at 7.16pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yeah they will hold up a 4. They will all do that, the krill and cal gets a heavy coating before sending out and that still holds up a 4 for as long as you test it! The 15mm baits........check they don’t lift your lead off the floor 😂

Squids are being rolled over the next day or so and need drying so not long (end of the week)

It’s been a busy few weeks but we are working hard to keep all baits in stock! And I want to have a night angling next weekend 😂
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   Old Thread  #58 9 May 2021 at 4.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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When are you making more squids please Gav? Want to put an order in but going to wait until then.
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   Old Thread  #57 8 May 2021 at 1.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cheers. Much appreciated
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   Old Thread  #56 8 May 2021 at 12.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I’ve received my 12mm Eton Mess pop ups yesterday, they look and smell fantastic! Very similar type smell to UB baits ting tongs, Looking forward to giving them a try, so they’ll hold up a size 4 hinge or chod ?
The alu pot is a nice touch to 👍
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Hello mate I’m in the office working today and I have seen your order. Will send Monday for Tuesday assuming I can get them all processed in time! Thanks for the order and good luck to all of the lucky lads out there angling In this awesome weather. Catch reports are coming in constantly today so get them rods out if ya can 😉
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   Old Thread  #54 8 May 2021 at 10.24am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just placed my 1st order, having read this thread look forward to receiving it and trying them out
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   Old Thread  #53 8 May 2021 at 6.26am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Received my second order from Gav, with a free gift as the delivery was a little late. What can I say, top notch bait and customer service. Problem is I will end up buying his full range of hook baits, they are so different from anything else I have ever used.
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Evening lads.....squids are out of stock already! We will be working around the clock this weekend to do another batch. Yes the pepper is the best bit and even after time in the drink you can still smell and taste it in the baits. Krill and cal.......isn’t it a Carpy old smell. Every message I get is the same........they stink but my god do they work. We have been real busy again this week and I need to get back on making basemix as my freezers are empty but we are nearly completed in the new place. We will be offering some of the additives in the future for all of you guys who tinker with your own baits or hookbaits. Very exciting times 😉
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   Old Thread  #51 5 May 2021 at 10.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Received my squids and krill pop ups, can’t half smell the pepper in those squids really impressed. The krill smell deliciously horrid, made my Mrs leave the room, again very impressed
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   Old Thread  #50 5 May 2021 at 10.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi mate, squid is showing out of stock?
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15mm pop ups and Wafters are being added all the time if you prefer those sizes. All on the website. We listen to what you guys want and adapt our mixes to suit you all. Nobody has asked a for 28mm bottom bait yet 😂
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Glad you like them Ian....my phone is just buzzing with Similar stories and today we have had several 40s and a 52 reported on the products from very tricky venues so there is something in it for sure! I hope they keep you busy this year!
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Good evening everyone, another crazy day at the madhouse but I have just flopped on the sofa for ten minutes!

If I was asked to launch out one hookbait then it’s the Sting! I do most of my carping in winter and there is something in that flavour colour combo I love. I have landed some amazing carp over the years and that bait has caught me more than any other attractor type hookbait. But we need to move with the seasons and changing habits so I tend to favour the matching pop ups or food baits come the summer.
The squid is going to catch a silly amount of carp seeing as it’s a nice colour and has some nice additives inside.
The krill and cal is proving effective ever since it’s conception but just look what’s in it! so it will be probably be the biggest seller moving forward.
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When are more 14 / 15mm out?
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All I can say is the HC hookbaits have been a newly acquired confidence in a pot for me, from finding this thread I ordered the Eaton's and Pineapples to try, first time out and one carp on the bank with the Eaton's second week out three further takes on both Eaton's and Pineapples albeit two tench one at 8+ lb another at 9.11 and a double figure bream, blanks on the lake I'm fishing are the norm so happy with the string being pulled by any species really especially good specimen sized ones.

The lake is not easy to fish, around 50 acres with limited bank and swims for us to fish, not a massively high stock but considering we have about 300 metres of bank to fish from it can be quite tricky as the fish can be 4 or 500 hundred yards away and only in our area at certain times of the year or weather conditions dependent so when they do come into range you want to know your hook bait is at least fishing effectively, a good mate/fishing buddy of mine had a look at the baits after me catching first time out, coincidence maybe?

He took the plunge and is a corkball fan so ordered the Krill and Can and Oily Salmon , he had them with him the weekend just gone his fishing was at a range 130+ to an area you cannot access from anywhere else similar to my first one on the Eaton's so singles were the order of the day for him, he managed three at the weekend on the K&C's all over 20lb with one of those fish at least over 45 years old and doesn't grace the bank that often some of them quite regularly go uncaught for years, he was over the moon first time out with the baits and caught more in one weekend than he had managed in his previous season, mind you half a dozen fish for the year is a decent result for most, his confidence has just shot through the roof and it was great to be with him and witness it, I have just placed another order this morning as it's hard for me to ignore his result on the K&C's corkballs this weekend just gone, again coincidence? I don't seem to think so or at least i'm being convinced it's not.
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Coconut eh.......when’s that one out?
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no problem im sure you wont be disappointed
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What’s your favourite from your range , you must have one 😀
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Evening lads, been busy moving from the old unit to the new one today (yes on a bank holiday 😂 .
Colours, well I will do my best to explain. Sting in yellow is made from a very soluble dye. It’s that perfect sweet corn yellow when you get them and launch them in but they will certainly wash out within hours to a nice pale yellow. It is one of the things I love about that specific pop up. The mix is designed to let flavour out or in if you choose to spray soak or coat in anything, but without losing buoyancy.
Eton mess pink........that is made from a fluro pink dye and will not wash out to the same extent. They area a nice pink and everyone seems to love that colour for some reason. The almond is bright pink! The new squid is the one that makes my phone bleep constantly at the moment and I dropped one into 18 foot of water for 18 hours and it came back looking almost the same as it went in. Not all dyes react the same. The yellow is the most soluble by far and if you test them in a tank you will see this clearly. The new coconut is a grey colour and that doesn’t seem to change much in water. Thanks for the nice words from everyone below it keeps us going when we are drowning in muck and squid flavour 😉
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Thanks for the very kind offer mate, I'm going to order some anyway, there's a few other bits I fancy now off the back of this thread.
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   Old Thread  #39 3 May 2021 at 7.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The squids are awesome and will be getting tested next weekend. I love the way that the Stings wash out on the outside but remain exactly the same inside
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   Old Thread  #38 3 May 2021 at 7.05pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If you pm me your address mate happy to send a couple over to you for your inspection
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   Old Thread  #37 3 May 2021 at 7.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If the pink is anything like the sting yellow they wash out lovely to a very pale yellow almost white
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   Old Thread  #36 3 May 2021 at 6.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I liked the look of those but still looked a bit bright, difficult to tell off a web page.
A couple of years back I bought some washed out Pink pop ups, for the life of me I can't remember who's, possibly Nash. Out of the pot lovely, but when reeled in a few hour's later they had changed colour to a super bright Pink, they went in the bin.
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   Old Thread  #35 3 May 2021 at 5.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Any idea on a time line for 12mm Sting pop ups and Eton mess barrels mate?
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   Old Thread  #34 3 May 2021 at 1.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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had a couple on the sting 12mms

I like them
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   Old Thread  #33 2 May 2021 at 8.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks for getting back to me mate.
Hopefully you get a few requests for the 12mm wafters lol if not you will have to let me know when the little dumbell wafters are ready and I will trim them down to size
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   Old Thread  #32 2 May 2021 at 7.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yes we can as we ran 12mm peanut trials and they worked well. It’s the little barrel dumbells most lads want so we are working on them! Our problem is that many people want odd shapes or sizes so we need to keep the range in some sort of order. We already have lots of things on the drawing board 😉. But if enough people ask for the little 12mm Wafters then we can knock up a batch. Only a few have asked for the 20mms but I know that will rise in the summer
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   Old Thread  #31 2 May 2021 at 7.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Alright gav I ordered some krill and calanus pop ups and wafters a few weeks back and they look and smell the nuts and hopefully I should be giving them a go next week. Out of curiosity can you do the krill and calanus in a 12mm wafter cos one of the waters I fish definitely respond more to a smaller bait. If you can I will defo put in an order for a few pots
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   Old Thread  #30 2 May 2021 at 7.27am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Chris, glad you are doing well on them. That specific one is the most subtle out of them all but it’s an age old classic and very acidic. Tastes lovely with some nice fruity powders in the base. A pop up doesn’t need to blow your head off as we know they can find them no trouble at all but the most popular baits in the range are the ones which are potent and strong.
Eton mess with the bergamot is a favourite of many customers.
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   Old Thread  #29 2 May 2021 at 7.19am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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😂😂😂😂
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   Old Thread  #28 1 May 2021 at 10.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Recently invested in some of these pop ups, someone I know is pulling a lake apart on them in various flavours. Can’t wait to try them myself 👌
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   Old Thread  #27 1 May 2021 at 10.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If you are looking for a washed out pop up i have done really well the last few weeks on the 12mm Eton Mess, they stay popped up for days on a size 4 multi rig and are a nice washed out very pale pink colour they are also not so strongly in your face flavoured like most commercial 'bright ones'

Ive had 6x 20's upto 27lb in my last 2 sessions on them whilst others around me are struggling. Im absolutely sold on Gav's pop ups.
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   Old Thread  #26 1 May 2021 at 9.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Sounds like Rodney, alright Dave

Had the broom for 20 years, 17 new heads and 14 handles, Dave

Rodney Dave
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   Old Thread  #25 1 May 2021 at 8.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I thought this was some private joke Phil
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It’s Gav by the way, originally my brother started up on the forum long before I had an email address 😉
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   Old Thread  #23 1 May 2021 at 8.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cheers Phil, I'll have a look at the website next week for the new arrival.
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Hello Ken hope you and carol are well! During our design period we played around with certain milks to use in the pop ups and Wafters. Those milks are what we old school boys would class as a hnv boilie (naturally high in proteins and full of aminos). I certainly feel happier knowing that the very base of the pop up is naturally attractive before we even add any additives. The krill and cal is made out of fishmeal liver glm etc and that one seems to have a big cult following already. Dark dull and deadly! The bright ones sell like hot cakes. We have some crazy ideas running round at the moment and one day I’m sure I will blow up our unit 😂😂
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   Old Thread  #21 1 May 2021 at 6.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hello mate, washed out pop ups. We do several pale colours and the new squid is a speckled pale pink (due out next week hopefully if I get moved into our bigger unit on time)
The baits will all hold up a size 4 for as long you can fish! We had a chap recently who said there is no way a little tiny choc malt 12mm could hold up a size 4 at “his lake that was 30 foot deep”. He took the plunge and grabbed a tub and about a week later he sent a nice email to say that they did exactly that! Buoyancy has never been an issue for us in fact we can get the same with 10mm baits if needed.
Food content in pop ups. This is something we are pushing further and further now as it clearly has a better long lasting effect than standard liquids. We have some nice things going into the mixes now and we are constantly sourcing new stuff. It has been a very Interesting period for us and it’s only going one way. The days of standard pop ups are long gone and we are also working on bottom bait specials (a single hookbait does not have to be a bright pop up)
So much more to come from handcraft this year. The boilie/pellet side of the business is really kicking off now and again it’s all about food content rather than cheap and cheerful bait😉
I can answer questions here but have to be careful promoting our products as it’s not fair on the forum owners. But just wait til you see that squid 😉😉😂
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Thanks 4 the heads up, ill take a look
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I know the guys at HH pay a lot of attention to their ingredients, which for me is an important consideration. A lot of folk think that boosted/alternative pop-ups and wafters are simply a way of getting liquid (or powdered) attraction into the immediate vicinity of the freebies - drawing attention to the hookbait, in other words. These folk also think that the actual physical make up of the alternative hookbait is not important, that a flavoured cork ball would do just as well. I'm not having that, not a bit of it! The actual base mix is just as important. I try to keep things simple when using alternative hookbaits, a touch of extra attraction and maybe a change of colour can be important but the ingredients themselves should still be nutritionally attractive.

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   Old Thread  #18 30 Apr 2021 at 10.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Phil, is it possible to get some of your pop up's even more washed out than advertised?

How long would your 12mm hold up a size 4 HS?
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   Old Thread  #17 30 Apr 2021 at 7.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Received mine today, They smell lovely and arrived within 48hrs of ordering
Looking forward to giving then go
Top service
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   Old Thread  #16 15 Apr 2021 at 2.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Can only echo what's already been said so far.
Order was delivered within a couple of days, quality of the products is superb. Seriously impressed with what I've seen so far👍
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   Old Thread  #15 8 Apr 2021 at 9.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks guys we are working at a brisk pace......and delivery has been swift and reliable so far! Keep the catch reports coming in!
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   Old Thread  #14 8 Apr 2021 at 3.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just placed an order myself
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Well I cannot fault your service having read this thread yesterday morning I went to the website, easily navigable ordered a few bits at 8am and turned up this morning at 9.30am and a free sample of the K-2-O to try, if I get hungry I reckon I will be eating the Eton Mess myself, metal tins are a nice touch as well.

Thanks

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   Old Thread  #12 7 Apr 2021 at 11.28am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I do mate, very much. Superbly rolled with great buoyancy and outstanding profiles. Nothing not to like and at sensible prices
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   Old Thread  #11 6 Apr 2021 at 10.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Like the look of the peanut praline
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Ken......kind words my man! We are certainly an odd pairing 😂 but both very passionate! I drive him mad with my crazy ideas but my god does he make a nice bait. We have some nice things under our fingertips and lots in the pipeline. Hope you are well mate
Glen b......glad you like them mate
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   Old Thread  #9 6 Apr 2021 at 12.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Brilliant products
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   Old Thread  #8 6 Apr 2021 at 11.26am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
The two guys who are involved with HH are a bait making Dream Team. Use with confidence.
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   Old Thread  #7 5 Apr 2021 at 5.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Extremely well made, smell amazing, stay popped up, catch fish, what's not to like!!!
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Glad you like them guys. A lot of thought and effort has gone into those hookbaits😉
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Not sure but not the point
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   Old Thread  #4 2 Apr 2021 at 9.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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How do you think you would have faired with an actual peanut at less than a penny?
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He's a smart cookie and has been involved in bait for a long time

I had a 34 mirror on the almond wafters last week
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Congratulations on your result, I too ordered the krill, Eton mess and peanut baits to try and I agree the peanut smells amazing. They also all stay firm and have consistent bouyancy over 24 hours on a size 5 chod.

First impressions are very impressive can't wait to get out next week and give them a try.
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Got a few of gav to try and the rod was only out less than a minute and a 29lb common snuffed a peanut pop up. Seem like very good bait. I’ve never smelt a bait like the peanut, it really does smell like peanuts 👍🏻 So far
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