Can I get some advice please on how to make washed-out baits... I fish a lake across the road from me which is really silty and I have been told if I wash the baits out then the smell of the silt won’t get into the bait. Is that right? Should I use the lake water for this and can I add a liquid additive to the water to boost the baits? I have never done this before but it sounds like a good tactic to use. I have been using the Activ-8 and the Hybrid mixed together – anything else you can think of would be great.
Washed-out baits can be very effective especially when applied on pressured waters where the fish have become wary of freshly-introduced bait. In fact, this is an approach I’ve used to great success on several of what I’d class as ‘hard’ waters where I was convinced that the larger residents were choosing to search out bait that had been in the water for a few days and which they felt was a far safer option – which actually resulted in them being hooked quicker than over the stronger smelling, fresh bait that had been recently introduced. In addition, another benefit of pre-soaking your baits will be that they help reduce the amount of silty water being absorbed as they will have already drawn in the majority of moisture that they are capable of holding.
Lake water is always the best option, however tap water is okay if you cannot get to the lake a couple of days before you intend to fish. Alternatively, if you are fishing the lake regularly, then take an empty water container with you and simply fill it up and bring it home when you finish, so you have enough to soak your boilies in, ready for your next session. You may also add a liquid additive into the water you’re using to wash-out your baits but be aware this might work against you, especially if you’re looking to target wary fish that may well be looking for bait with virtually no noticeable attractors?
Finally, you mention using a mix of Activ-8 and Hybrid, which are both really successful baits. However, try mixing a brighter, sweeter bait with a savoury one. For instance, try a Link and Essential Cell combination which not only combines a sweet and a savoury effect, but also a combination of bright and darker coloured baits!
Washed-out baits can be revived with a liberal coating of a matching Stick Mix liquid if required…
This upper 50 fell to Max’s preferred tactics of fishing over a mixed bed of sweet and savoury, and/or, light and dark baits
Be warned, some fish, such as this French mirror, may be deterred from feeding over an area full of scent and attraction. Sometimes, less is more