Dear Ex­perts,

Carpworld - - MAINLINE - Max Cot­tis

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.

Thank you,

Garry Legge

Hi Garry,

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!

Tight Lines,

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

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