HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN POP-UP BAITS
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.