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    Default Tips on Tares

    I’m sure there are many references here but I’m being a lazy so and so.

    Any tips please on the preparation of tares, type and size of suitable hook and most importantly feeding, I’m assuming a combination of hemp.

    Does the quality of seed vary? Best suppliers.

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    Soak overnight first. I add bicarb and sugar, although I'm aware natural colour catches perfectly well. Bring up to simmer slowly, don't boil violently. I test them often, bringing up to simmer then backing off for a bit. It's easy to overcook them or leave them too hard when you first cook them, and I spoiled some batches, but once you've tried a couple of times you'll arrive at your own method and recognise when they're just right.

    One good thing - they freeze well, and will survive defrosting and re-freezing once. My local tackle shop cooks in bulk and sells them frozen, and I'll use these if I don't get round to doing my own.

    The received wisdom is that tares are a summer bait - but I've caught roach on them all year round on rivers and lakes.

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    Opinions will vary,imo tares should not be too soft,simmer until just after when squeezed you can just crush them with your fingers,not ping in two halves,hooks,I use between an 18 and a 12(rarely these days),normally a 16 or 18,hooking(very much opinion based)I hook the split(it is visible through the skin)and leave just a fraction of the point out,I find(different for others)that if too much point is showing bites ease off,quantity and feeding,I would rarely need much more than a pint and a half of hemp feeding between ten and forty grains,I feed three tares a chuck,fish come up in the water readily for hemp,so be watchful,I've caught big bags of roach fishing two feet deep in twelve feet of water...
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    Default Re: Tips on Tares

    For years now I've done my tares in the oven in a casserole dish. Usual soak overnight in just water.place into hot water in casserole on around mark 2 for how ever long it takes,
    Older the seeds the longer they take.
    Some folk use a flask, myself I prefer keeping an eye on them. I want the softest tare without the skin splitting.
    Hooks for tares, if the fish accept a 14s all the better 16s OR 18s if fish are wary. Hooks for hemp I prefer 18s.
    For hooking hemp, if you look at a grain of hemp there's a tiny circle looking dent at the top of the split, trap the grain between your finger and thumb nail, squeeze the grain then push the hook into the split and release the top of the seed will be nipped by the seed shell and hold on.
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    Default Re: Tips on Tares

    One addition,I'm sure when you get going,you will sort out your own preference,I'm one who prefers a natural tare,I'm not copying hemp,I want them eating the tare out of preference,also I sugar them,don't think it makes that much difference,but I do,I don't sugar hemp,I've won matches on many venues with tares,on the Trent,Thames,Ouse mainly,with big weights(30lbs plus)of mainly chub and roach,but barbel,skimmers and tench too,being confident your doing it right is key(even though you may not be)and knowing that if you stick at it,it will happen,many a last hour has produced double figures of quality roach.

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    You've just reminded me to take mine out ready for tomorrow. I only do small amounts, 1/4 cup so if you're doing more it might not work - 500ml preheated flask, 1/4 cup Tares, fill with boiling water and leave 24hrs. It probably doesn't need 24hrs as by that time the water's cold anyway. Works without fail for me. 18s/16s light wire Guru hook.

    Quality - well I wouldn't have thought there'd be much difference but Tares I've had in the past from Haith's smell quite nice, sort of nutty. This last lot from eBay smell like dog cr*p. I don't have anything else so I'm hoping the fish like dog cr*p. Not sure if it's done to name the eBay seller but if anyone wants to know PM me.

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    The last lot of tares I got from CC Moore and they're OK. I add an iron tablet and cook about a pint then split into eggcup sized batches for the freezer. I soak them overnight and then simmer - not boil - until done. I prefer small tares for roach though will try the bigger ones. I don't feed tares just hemp and anything from half a pint to 1.5 pints is enough for a short session. They can take a while to work in summer and on my local Stour I've yet to get a response after about the first week of November. They work best on the stretches that see plenty of hemp - on one or two very remote stretches I've yet to get a bite despite feeding some hemp every time. i use a size 16 fine wire hook for tares; I was using Tubertini serie 4 but they're no longer available so now trying barbless Gamakatsu or Drennan wide-gape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Wintle View Post
    I add an iron tablet and cook about a pint then split into eggcup sized batches for the freezer.
    That's the first time I've come across someone using iron tablets for tares. I've known many to use them with hemp, although not myself. Very interesting though.
    I prepare my tares much the same as most and also split them into small batches. You don't need many for a good session.
    I tried the casserole method a couple of times but, personally, I don't think you get control of the critical point the same way as with the simmered method. I also like sugar and bi-carb in mine. It produces a lovely colour and texture I feel.
    I've always thought I've done a pretty good job with my preparation of tares over the years.
    Unlike hemp preparation, whose consistency seems to have eluded me at various times!

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    This is probably sacrilege.........I have used hemp and tares for yonks and appreciate their roach catching abilities.
    However this summer I have started catching good roach on 4mm banded pellets from two of my local lakes in quantities and qualities that I can with tares.

    I will still use tares but I was surprised to find the pellets fished by feeding them and one on the band was that good for roach.

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    Default Re: Tips on Tares

    Sod that faffing about I use these and they're fine..

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Tares...XDYTMPY2W9K9F5

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