The power of the ‘stick’ mix goes way back, with results of these neat little bags providing year round attraction, they also have the ability to protect your hookpoint and leave a small parcel of carpy goodness around the hookbait itself.
With the water temperature increasing by the day, the carp’s metabolism is rocketing to great levels, bringing with it their need to feed in larger volumes. Large beds of bed work significantly well on highly stocked venues, but on short sessions, quick bites are still what most anglers want in their weekends fishing. The advantage of fishing sticks is their adaptability, they can be used to great effect on their own, as a small bait package for marginal traps or to provide great attraction around the hookbait when fishing over large volumes of bait such as particles.
This feature takes a close look at an awesome spring stick mix that is sure to get the carp routing about in search of those taste tingles morsels around the baited area. With high levels of natural salts, fishy, yeasty aromas given off by the Tuna derived ingredients, this stick mix works extremely effectively in warm water to draw passing fish down onto a baited spot. It can be left moist to use as a loosefeed for balling in to marginal areas, or left to dry and absorb the rich liquid goodness overnight to form the perfect stick and bag mix.
Creating the mix is simple and revolves around a few awesome products that add a distinctive twist to this stick mix. Start of with a good helping of Pacific Tuna Bag Mix, this contains lots of fine particles that create a burst of cloudy attraction once on the lakebed. The fine nature of the mix helps absorb the added liquids at a later stage. Next, add a handful of Frozen Water Snails; these add that distinctive crunch, plus added minerals and salts that fish simply crave in the warmer conditions. Take a pot of Chilli flakes and sprinkle a light coating on the mix, these give the stick that hot kick! Now is a simple case of adding a few important liquids that help disperse attraction into the water column. Firstly, the Liquid Tuna Extract adds an incredible Tuna aroma to create a hazy cloud of succulent Tuna pieces that hang in the water column. Tuna L030 is much denser, hugging the lakebed while releasing yeasty smells into the silt or gravel that may be present on the lakebed. Once the whole lot is mixed together, the finished product will be quite stodgy; this can be used for loosefeed if necessary. To dry the mix out, simply leave in a sealed bag in a cool place out of direct sunlight for 24hours to get the required stick mix consistency.
Step 1- Add some Pacific Tuna Bag mix to a bucket
Step 2- Add a handful of Frozen Water Snails
Step 3- Followed by some Chilli Flakes
Step 4- The dry mix should look like this
Step 5- Add a healthy glug of Liquid Tuna Extract
Step 6- Followed by an equal dose of Tuna L030
Step 7- Give the mix a thorough stir together
Step 8- The mix will be quite damp, simple leave to dry overnight
Step 9- The mix will then be perfect for making highly attractive bags
Jensen Mannings- Bag result!
A highly attractive, salty bag of Tuna goodness has often been my go- to approach when fishing over beds of bait. I often use a good variety of particles in my spod mixes; Micromass, small pellets, chopped boilie and snails to name a few. A bag serves a few purposes in my angling; firstly, it allows for perfect presentation, kicking the rig away every time. Secondly, I can mimic what I add to my mix but crank up the attraction power with a more concentrated boosted of liquids. This no doubt helps to draw fish in to the hookbait and even when left out in the lake for a good few hours, I am safe in the knowledge those attractors are working the whole time!
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