The power of krill certainly needs no introduction; this super-food has the power of luring carp in to feed almost unknowingly, with its distinctive smell, taste and aroma. In the ever-growing sport that we love, gaining those vital edges over fellow anglers becomes even more challenging than before.
This mini feature delves into the process of creating power-packed balls of Krill goodness, based on the forgotten method of ground baiting, in order to build a carpet of salty, potent, fishy attraction in the swim. The balls can be introduced via catapult, spomb or simply by hand to likely looking areas and simply by altering the sizes will travel further or with less disturbance when impacting the water. As they begin to break down, they release a multitude of layered attraction; the finer Krill meal sediments rise in the water column, while the dense tacky Micromass separates along the lake bed, which creates a distinctive halo of attraction to help draw fish in to the baited area.
Krill as an attractor comes in many forms, as you will see in this feature, that when combined into one package create a vastly different source of pulling power and leakage of feeding stimulants. The Kriller balls are simple to formulate, but by following the key steps outlined below, you will soon have a whole bucket of these little wonders knocked up and ready to go!
They make for the ideal stalking loosefeed, but are equally as effective when introduced over areas of light weed as due to their surface area, they present perfectly over debris. The great thing about these wonder balls is they can be completely tailored to how you want to fish them; small balls work perfectly alongside a scattering of boilie, offering an alternative loosefeed within the swim.
Larger balls are much denser and are suited to long range work or deep water, where getting the attraction down to the lakebed before they start to break down is important. The most important part to creating the Krill balls is the crusting process, leaving the balls to rest between each step is crucial in getting the powders to cling and form a unique, highly soluble crust around the baits. To replicate the loosefeed on the lakebed, a solid bag of boilie crumb, pellet and Micromass is a deadly option, catching fish off guard as they move between each baited patch.
Making the balls couldn’t be simpler:
1- Start off by adding a bag of Krill Micromass to a bucket.
2- Follow this up with a small amount of 2mm Tuna Pellets, these help the balls break down effectively once introduced.
3- Begin to form the Kriller balls to the size that suits you, a 70:30 mix of Micromass and pellets work best.
4- Make up the desired number of balls and place in a bait tub or bucket
5- Next up, dose the balls thoroughly in Krill Amino Compound
6- Ensure the balls are fully covered in the sticky liquid and leave to rest for 20 minutes.
7- Take a large tablespoon of the super attractive, yeasty Feedstim XP powder.
8- Give the balls an even dusting in the powder.
9- Repeat the process with the light, fluffy Krill Meal powder.
10-Ensuring the balls are completely covered.
11-Place the lid on and give them a shake, not too vigorously, but enough to coat the balls.
12-The balls should be sugar coated with powdery goodness, which when left will form a solid crust around the outside.
13-Leave the balls to draw in all of the fishy goodness before applying to the swim.
14-To make a killer matching hookbait, simply take some of the mix and place within a small piece of mesh tights.
15-Squeeze the tights into a ball with the sticky goodness locked inside.
16-Floss the tag end and cut before mounting the hookbait on the hair.
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