HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN POP-UP BAITS

Angling Times (UK) - - TIP & TACTICS -

MOST com­pa­nies make a wide se­lec­tion of pop-ups and wafters, but there are times when I like to make my own flavour and colour com­bi­na­tions, or per­haps shapes and sizes, that are a lit­tle dif­fer­ent from the norm.

Us­ing read­ily avail­able pop-up base mixes, this is easy to achieve. Baits can be made in small batches that take just a few min­utes to put to­gether. Break a large egg into your mix­ing bowl and add your cho­sen flavours and colours. Mix well to en­sure the ad­di­tives are evenly spread. Slowly add the pop-up pow­der to the flavoured and coloured egg, stir­ring with a fork all the time. Keep ad­ding the pow­der un­til a soft paste is formed. Break off a small piece of paste and roll it be­tween the palms of your hand to pro­duce a round ball. Then cook in batches for about two min­utes. Af­ter cooking, tip the baits on to a kitchen towel and al­low to dry for an hour. They will shrink back to their orig­i­nal size and harden up as they dry. I like to cover the baits in a few drops of flavour­ing to give them an ex­tra boost. Store your fin­ished baits in the freezer un­til they are needed.

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