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    Shelf-life boilies have made it easier than ever to have a supply of the carp angler's favourite bait on hand. But most of the very keen carp anglers I speak to still prefer to make their own.

    Simple question then - why?

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    Andy Rooke Guest

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    if you are making your own bait you know what goes in to the mix strait away. you can use a well proven base mix and you can always your own things to the mix like robin red, and you can always put the egg shells in to the mix aswell, myself i would rather have someone else make them for you
    rooky

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    Andy Thatcher Guest

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    Exactly as Andy says. If you make your own you can set the attractors to the level you want, make other additions. I use proprietry baits most of the time so cannot claim to know what the ingredients are. I think I have an idea but do not know. I tend to have boilies made for me to my specifications and make hookbaits myself. I find this method allows me the flexibility that I need from my bait. For example if I want to use it as a long term food source or a one off attractor bait. Whilst there is an arguement for using ready mades as attractor baits I know I'd be sitting there thinking now if I had one of my made baits out there. There is one exception to this rule for me Richworths frozen Tutti Frutti's are an amazing attractor bait.
    Cheers
    Andy

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    Paul Williams Guest

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    Andy,
    I was going to bring up the old Richworth (frozen)Tutti Fruttis myself!! is this the greatest shop bought ready made of all time? it has certainly been one hell of a bait for me....i'm no full time carper but i'm always happy to grab a bag of tuttis and go....and i think i caught my PB on them....now that might sound strange but i equaled my PB and beat it with in a few hours one on maggot and one on TF and i can't remember which way round!!! (carp angler was with me so he may!)
    Why has TF been so succsessful? because i am led to believe it ain't a particulary good food source........it works for me and it worked from the off last season on some uncaught ( i suspect) river carp, with no intense prebaiting and it produced that PB from a water where some guys only get half a dozen takes in a season!!

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    Andy Rooke Guest

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    tutti fruttis are a classic boileie as are scopex. the bonus with making your own bait is that if you was to say make a kilo of Tails up protavit liver you could mix nearly all the bait to a sive of say 14mm bait and you could use whats left over from the mix to make 18mm baits to fish over the smaller onces, as you could also make misshaped baits, as mr thatcher says ATTRACTION LEVELS this is where many people go p.tong on the bait, when i made my own i would experiment on these levels of attraction, i found that the "less level of attraction" could produce.
    rooky

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    I can't see the point of home mades unless you are a full time carper. I only dabble at it so don't understand the ingredients side and don't spend enough time fishing boilies to experiment.

    Only yesterday I decided to make my own Activ-8's, so spent 17 on the mix and additive, 3hours in the kitchen as each boilie is hand rolled, got a bollicking from the missus for the smell and ended up with just a few hundred boilies.

    For the part time carper ready mades have to be the best bet. For serious carpers, prepared to invest in the flavours and bait making equipment, then home mades probably are worth the effort.

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    Hi all, I use shelf-life, ready-mades(frozen) and my own boilies depending on where I'm fishing.

    I'll use shelf-life/ready-made boilies when I'm fishing a water that I don't fish very often.
    I'll find out the 'going' bait and buy some specifically for that venue.

    If I'm fishing a water regularly then I'd make my own bait in large quantities and prebait.
    I've got a selection of rolling tables, a compressor and an air-gun to make this process easier.

    Years ago the only option was to make your own bait, then frozen ready-mades came along followed by shelf-life boilies, but the trend is now swinging back to frozen ready-mades, funny that!

    One thing I've never had the confidence to do is to use air-dried frozen ready-mades or my own bait.

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    Paul Williams Guest

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    Oh no two Dave Coopers, will the real Dave Cooper please stand up!!
    Coop's put a few of those A8's in for me!!

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    Nick Gardner Guest

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    I had an interesting conversation with a very large carp tackle centre in Denmark whos Carp expert said that the ready mades are worse in ingredients because of the mass producing machines that roll and boil the baites. I asked him this as I was just picking up a bag of Formula 1 from Nashy as I have had some luck on this already this year and saw above the readymades, a 1kg packet of Formula 1 base mix. I asked if this would be a better idea and he swore that by using the base mix and essential flavours bottle, you got a better bait. He wouldnt get any more money from me buying the base as I would be able to produce abit more bait than the readymades. I think I would still use the Nash air popups dipped in boilie dip and use the others for stringers or free offerings.

    Cheers from a chilly Copenhagen,

    Nick

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    Andy Thatcher Guest

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    As far as I can tell frozen TF's are made out of Richworths basic bog standard 50/50 mix. It has always surprised me how well they work. I do find that a bait with a little more food content will catch more and longer if you are fishing a water regularly but if you are just doing a fleeting visit only one choice for me.
    Cheers
    Andy

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