Keep your bait in tip-top con­di­tion

I al­ways make sure that my bait is in the best pos­si­ble con­di­tion, as bet­ter bait catches more fish.

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Hempseed works well only if it’s fresh and cooked prop­erly.

Hemp is a bit of a pain to pre­pare, so I usu­ally rely on pre-cooked, tinned stuff, which is nor­mally pretty good. Cook­ing it in a tin pro­duces a stronger aroma, and the seeds re­lease a lot more fish-at­tract­ing oils. How­ever, hemp from tins does vary in size, so it’s best to check the con­tents be­fore a trip, es­pe­cially if you want to use this bait as a main line of at­tack.

Cast­ers are of­ten com­bined with hemp, and again work best when in prime con­di­tion. I bag mine and keep them in a fridge, breath­ing them ev­ery day, to en­sure that they don’t go rub­bery and grey. For longer pe­ri­ods, I cover cast­ers with wa­ter in a bait tub and freeze them. Once thawed, they need to be kept in wa­ter, to pre­vent them from go­ing mushy.

BAGS OF FRESH­NESS

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