Booby eyes bake-off

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Advice Squad -

Q I’ve heard of an­glers ‘bak­ing’ booby eyes. How do you do this, and does it make any dif­fer­ence be­yond cos­met­ics? Nick Lant

ROB ED­MUNDS REPLIES: Bak­ing booby eyes does make the sur­face of the foam slightly tougher and more re­silient. It also cre­ates a smoother and al­most per­fectly round eye as it slightly melts the foam. You can bake them on a low heat in the oven or use a hairdryer. Per­son­ally, I don't like this trend and think it's to­tally point­less. The ‘baked’ eyes aren't as buoy­ant and it's very easy to to­tally ruin a batch of eyes by over-cook­ing them. I also don't know of any top level com­pe­ti­tion an­gler that does ac­tu­ally bake them. If you want per­fectly round eyes I sug­gest you use a Dremel and a con­cave grind­ing stone. It's quick and easy and the re­sults are very good af­ter a lit­tle prac­tice.

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