Catch Reports

Kingsmead 'Whacker' for Dave

Posted in Catch Reports on 05th July 2012

Long time Essential Bait user David Acreman from Taunton has used our Shellfish B5... Read more

A Common Assault!

Posted in Catch Reports on 09th May 2012

Many anglers up and down the country have reported numerous personal bests and massive changes to... Read more

Three Wise Men!

Posted in Catch Reports on 07th May 2012

Ben Pester, Jason Crossley and Sean McMahon recently fished a session to remember at the Blue Pool... Read more

Ricky has no Fear!

Posted in Catch Reports on 07th May 2012

Somerset angler Ricky 'Fear' Thomas has once again shown how to combine good angling skills with... Read more

Creamseed kicks in as temperatures drop...

Posted in Catch Reports on 17th November 2011

Everyone knows the awesome pulling power of our Creamseed boilies as water temperatures begin... Read more

Matt's at it again!!

Posted in Catch Reports on 17th November 2011

Matt Davies has to be a contender for the UK's carp angler of the year award after what he has... Read more

Fantastic year on the B5!

Posted in Catch Reports on 17th November 2011

One customer who has been having a fantastic season since he switched to the awesome B5 is Paul... Read more

Mike's success continues...

Posted in Catch Reports on 09th November 2011

Mike Ryan's season just gets better and better! Earlier in the season Mike visited his new... Read more

And yet another huge UK common!

Posted in Catch Reports on 08th November 2011

What is it about the amount of huge commons that the B5 and Black Snail seem to attract? Matt... Read more

Another massive common for Matt!!

Posted in Catch Reports on 08th November 2011

There aren't many anglers out there that can catch a 46lb UK common and it still falls short of... Read more


Hard Hook Baits (Mike's view)

There are often times throughout the season when I find myself having to use hard hook baits. There’s nothing worse than reeling in after you’ve seen a frenzied amount of fishing activity over your baited area, only to find that your hook baits have been nibbled away by nuisance fish! Some venues are obviously more prone to nuisance fish activity than others, but it’s not just nuisance fish that can be a problem. Diving birds or even pick ups from swans will often result in ‘missing hook baits’!

Hard hook baits will alleviate this problem, in fact, I actually think it’s advantageous when a diving bird picks up my hard hook bait. It gives me confidence that my presentation is good, and as the bird drops the rig, I actually believe it straightens everything out and gives me a better presentation that I can achieve via casting. I can remember fishing at Frampton some years ago, when the only time I could seemingly get a bite, was after a coot had picked up and dropped my hard hook bait!
 

Top Tip

After you’ve made a batch of hard hookers, leave them out on a towel to air dry for at least ten days, preferably in a warm dry place. Once they have sufficiently dried out, put them in a polythene bag and add a small amount of ‘Boilie Glug’ or ‘Liquid Food’ and shake well. For extra convenience transfer them to an empty pop-up jar or similar before placing them in the fridge or the freezer until needed. If keeping in the fridge, make sure you give them a good shake every few days and top up the liquid if and as required.