The rubbery-textured baits are soft enough to pierce with a hook, yet can withstand a really good cast. They can be kept out in the water for several hours, so there’s no need to recast and risk spooking the fish.
These Mistral spod mix enhancers should create a stir.
The Cloud, a rich milky mixture of natural daphnia and shrimp, looks ideal for sloppy spod work, while Arctic Krill particles have year-round appeal, and will keep the fish feeding in your swim for long periods. Visit mistralbaits.co.uk for more information.
Price: Arctic Krill Spod Particles £14.99
The Cloud £3.99
These pop-ups have undergone two years of extensive development to source the best flavours and colours.
Each pot contains a mix of 15mm and 12mm baits, as well as a bottle of booster liquid that allows you cover all bases.
Many modern rigs incorporate big hooks that suit the 15mm pop-ups. The 12mm baits are ideal for smaller hooks when zig fishing, for example.
The striking two-tone swirly colours are different to most other pop-ups on the market, providing carp with a visual target to home in on, and the potent flavour combinations have a proven track record for catching specimen carp.
Flavours include Tuna & Sweetcorn, Peach & Black Pepper, Indian Spice, Raspberry Ripple, Pineapple & Cream, Chocolate Orange and Creamy Toffee.
Big-carp brand Spotted Fin has turned its attention to match baits, releasing a comprehensive collection of products under the GO2 banner. As well as many proven favourites, the range includes a number of exciting newcomers, such as the super-enriched 8mm Frank Warwick Fluoro Wafter hookbaits. Let’s take a closer look...
GO2 Milled Betaine Pellets
These milled Betaine pellets make a brilliant groundbait for margin and Method feeder fishing. They bind together well and can be added to groundbaits in a two-to-one ratio for added richness. Available in 1kg bags.
GO2 Milled Coarse Pellets
A blend of premium coarse pellets, this finely-milled additive can be used on its own or added to other groundbaits to enhance their attraction. It’s also perfect for topping off pole pots, especially when feeding pellets. Supplied in 1kg bags.
GO2 Milled Expander Pellets
Containing only pure expander pellets, this finely milled mix comes in 1kg bags and is great for feeding in shallow water, where it quickly forms an attractive cloud. It also makes a fantastic addition to any commercial fishery groundbait mix, especially where pellets are used on the hook.
GO2 Sweet Super Blend
This all-round groundbait attracts fish from far and wide. The mix can be used all year round and is ideal for bream/skimmer and F1 fishing on the pole or feeder. Easy to mix, it slops-up nicely, perfect for feeding with worms, casters and dead red maggots.
Carp Super Blend
Perfect for targeting carp in warm water, this high-food-value mix contains a rich blend of milled pellets, fishmeals and proven appetite stimulants. Mould it around a Method feeder or feed it down the edge.
Margin Super Blend
This groundbait is ideal for laying down a bed of feed in the margins. The heavy mix of food particles keeps the fish feeding freely for long periods, thanks to the addition of secret flavour stimulants used in Spotted Fin’s best-selling Catalyst boilies.
Krill Super Blend
A high-quality groundbait blended from the finest ground krill, with a small amount of shrimp meal for additional flavouring. A proven winner on all commercial fisheries, it lends itself to a variety of tactics, including open-end and Method feeder fishing.
HOOKBAITS AND LIQUIDS
GO2 Expander Pellets
Ideal for bankside pumping, these robust expander pellets are of uniform size and texture. They won’t easily split or crumble, and their light beige colour is ideal for F1s and smaller commercial carp. They come in 4.5mm and 6mm sizes, and in 750g bags.
GO2 Liquid Yellow and Liquid Red
The new Liquid Yellow and Liquid Red colours contain all the special additives and feed stimulants found in Spotted Fin’s Catalyst boilies. They’re intended for use as bait dyes for offerings such as meat, bread and expander pellets. Alernatively, they can be added to sloppy groundbait to form a lingering cloud of colour and attractants in the water. They are available in 250ml bottles.
GO2 Caramel Blend Bait Sauce
This viscous water-soluble liquid contains Catalyst Boilie flavours, feeding stimulants and triggers. It can be used to soak feed pellets, mixed in with groundbaits, or used for pumping and preparing expander pellets. It will also spice up any hookbait. Only small amounts are needed, so it’s great value for money. Available in 250ml bottles.
GO2 Amino Blend Bait Sauce
A subtle blend of Minamino, Betaine and tuna extract, with added sweeteners and Catalyst Boilie stimulators, this rich, dark but flavourless liquid uses natural products to form an attractive aroma.
GO2 Pellet Oil
This superb quality Pellet Oil has a multitude of angling uses. It adds extra weight to catapulted feed pellets, and helps to slow down their breakdown on the lakebed, and can firm up expander pellets at the preparation stage. In 250ml bottles.
GO2 Amino Blend Ready Pumped Expanders
These ready-prepared hooker pellets have added amino attraction. An ideal quick-change bait, they can be hooked straight on or hair-rigged with a Quick Stop. The come in 4.5mm and 6mm sizes, and in 45g pots.
GO2 Booster Sprays
These powerful sprays share the same attractors and flavours that feature in the Spotted Fin classic pop-up range. Ideal for spraying directly on to your hookbaits, or as a mist over groundbaits and pellets.
Designed by big-carp ace Frank Warwick, these proven fish catchers have been scaled down to 8mm to meet match anglers’ needs. Ideal for use with Method feeders, they contain a smorgasbord of feed stimulants, oils and flavours. Bright colours help them to stand out, even in coloured water. Available in Miracle Berry (fluoro pink), Classic Corn (fluoro yellow), Fruit Zing (white) and Catalyst (natural pellet colour).
These super-powerful powdered bait dyes come in a huge range of colours and are strong enough to colour expander pellets, groundbaits, spod mixes and meat baits.
Enterprise Tackle Pop-Ups
Classic pop-up sweetcorn hookbaits flavoured with Spotted Fin’s super-popular Catalyst flavour developed by Frank Warwick. Available in yellow, washed-out yellow, washed-out pink and white.
£10.75 (1kg), £39.99 (5kg)
Big-carp legend Terry Hearn has worked closely with Dynamite to produce this new all-season soft feel boilie bait.
Complex T contains a stunning array of ingredients including Haith’s original LT90 fishmeal, krill, spirulina and liver extract, plus amino acids and no fewer than seven major vitamins. Matching liquids, glugs, pop-ups and wafters will also be available for this highly digestible fish and fishery-friendly bait.
Meaty Fish Bites 12mm £4.99
Mini Meaty Pellets 8mm and 10mm £2.99
Looking for baits that are different from the norm? Keep your eyes peeled for the relaunched Meaty Fish Bites and Mini Meaty Pellets from Dynamite Baits.
Their firm, rubbery textures makes them robust enough to be side-hooked or hair-rigged, and the baits ooze oily attraction to work just as well with big river fish as they do with commercial carp.
How good do these look?
Blakes has produced this awesome range of 12mm pop-ups that will perfectly balance an 18mm boilie for up to three days.
In tests the baits had enough buoyancy to hold up a size 4 hook, even when attached to a hair-rig by a bayonet.
Ideal for stiff hinge and chod rigs, the needle-friendly pop-ups are tough enough to avoid nuisance species, yet porous enough to leak attractors without losing colour.
Available in Aniseed Dream (yellow), Fruit Poptail (orange) and Pukka Pear (pink).
There can’t be many carp anglers in the UK who haven’t at some time used Mainline’s exceptional Cell Boilies, or one of its associated Cell flavoured products. The baits super creamy, sweet coconut aroma is widely regarded as one, if not the, best carp-catchers of all time. However, the super-popular bait has been given a zingy new twist by Mainline, which has now released Essential Cell, a similar all-season type of bait, but with a far more pronounced yellow colour, and an increased fruity aroma.
The new flavour comes as 10mm, 12mm and 15mm freezer boilies, a base mix for those who prefer to ‘roll their own’, a Stick and Bag Mix and as 5mm feed pellets. A variation of Hookbaits is also available including Pop-Ups, Flouro Pop-Ups, Dumbbells and Balanced Wafters.
A range of liquid products are also available for adding to Spod mixes or glugging hookbaits, including an Essential Cell Stick Mix Liquid, and a more viscose Bait Enhancement Liquid, ideal for pepping-up your hookbaits.
Famous Belgian groundbait firm Van Den Eynde has just released a superb range of fishmeal and pellet-based recipes in handy match pack sizes.
These are said to be ideal for tipping off pole cups, adding small amounts of cloud, or moulding around Method feeders. The very popular Super Krill, Super Green, Margin Mix and latest Super F1 and Spammed mixes are designed by top names in the sport to exceed the demands of the modern UK commercial match angler, and contain only the finest ingredients and feed stimulants.
Popup corn £1.99
Soaking your boilies in lake water to drain them of colour, then adding flavour, is a popular tactic among carpers. The theory is that pressured carp can associate fresh, bright baits with imminent danger and lurking anglers, but they let their guard down around seemingly older offerings.
Enterprise Tackle has tapped into this trait with a range of fake sweetcorn and boilies with more muted colours. The buoyant sweetcorn versions look particular good, while the 15mm boilies will be useful to anglers who fish among crayfish and other nuisance species. Each plastic boilie also has a small recess for putty or a split shot to enable it to be critically balanced.
These new Pillow Boilie baits from Radical may well give you an edge on pressured waters when conventional spherical baits fail.
In seven vibrant colours, and aromas including the new Tiger Nuts flavour, the pillow-shaped baits are said to hold bottom better in flowing water, something river carp anglers will really appreciate.
£1.99 per pack
Cutting edge Mace, Flail, Excalibur, Leethal, Tiny, Bug-Ga and Paddle Bug patterns offer a number of rigging options for various fish species.
Designed for UK anglers, by UK anglers, the Mace pattern’s thin tail section came about as a direct result of watching perch ‘inhale’ lures rather than bite at them. It simply folds up when a fish sucks the lure in.
This pillar box red Dynamite Baits Robin Red Groundbait in 900g resealable bags is an ideal accompaniment to Dynamite’s popular Robin Red Pellets.
The spicy recipe, originally created by birdfood merchant Haith’s, is especially good when targeting carp, tench and barbel. It has a fine texture and is very easy to mix by adding water little and often. It can be used with Method and open-end feeders, or be added to spod and PVA stick mixes.
Ideal for use as hookbaits with Method feeders, these Swim Stim Match Minis from Dynamite Baits come in both Boilie and Dumbell forms.
With just the right texture for use with bait bands, hair rigging or bayonet fitments they come in 7mm and 9mm sizes with Betaine Yellow, White Amino and Antarctic Krill flavours and colours.
Nashbait has launched three new pellet mixes, as well as boilie pellet hookbaits and liquids.
Micro Mix is a blend of 0.5mm-2mm pellets perfect for filling PVA bags and sticks. It would also be ideal as a dampened-down Method feeder pellet mix.
Small Mix uses 2mm-4mm pellets, also ideal for PVA bag work or in spod mixes. Mega Mix contains six types of larger pellets for spodding, while the new Boilie and Dumbell Hookbaits contain ground pellets and Green Lipped Mussel extract.
The company owned by England Feeder team gold medal winner Phil Ringer has added Liquid Betaine to its range of additives.
The natural stimulant is a proven fish-catcher and can be added to just about any bait.
The water-soluble solution is also an ideal ‘pep’ when expanders are being prepared with a pellet pump.
£5.99 for a pack of three. A 90cm version is sold seperately for 60p.
The Spikey Shad from Fox Rage is now available in a smaller version, perfect for anglers wanting to scale down to tempt predators.
The hundreds of tiny spikes around its body generate micro-vibrations in the water, attracting the attention of anything with teeth.
They also act like a parachute, slowing the lure’s descent so it stays in front of a predator for longer.
The spoon tail adds to its vibration and movement.
As the lure has a soft, natural feel, when a predator grabs it they don’t immediately try and spit it out, giving you vital extra seconds to set the hook.
Spikey Shads come pre-loaded on to a quality jighead in two weights (10g and 15g) and 10 hot shades.
The hunter becomes the hunted thanks to these wickedly flexible lifelike lures produced by Scandinavian predator specialist Westin.
Percy the Perch, Mike the Pike and Tommy the Trout have a seductive swimming action that attracts big predators from far and wide.
Up close, the fluttering fins are more than instinct can stand, and the predators can’t help but strike!
These may seem alien to the tiny lures used for catching perch on canals, but these lead-free imitations have already been tested in the UK and caught plenty of fish.
Underwater footage of the lures in action can be viewed on YouTube – search for Underwaterireland. They are available from www.pecheur.com
These new Z-Man lures from the US are becoming popular here in the UK thanks to their fish-catching qualities, as lure fishing ace Paul Parnell showed when he used them to land a dozen 3lb-plus perch from Pitsford Reservoir.
The lures are made from Elaztech and are said to be 10 times tougher than normal plastic, so they won’t be destroyed by numerous pike attacks.
All are suited to jigging or drop shotting. Jigheads for the lures,and a smear-on Predator Gel, are also available.
These Fox Rage Mini and Micro Snax are ideal for all predatory fish. The 7cm Mini Fry imitations with hammer tails come in a pack of five chompable colours.
Ideal for use with a light jig head or on a drop shot rig, they are outstanding little lures for large perch, especially on canals.
The irresistible little brother to the Mini, the 4cm long Micro fry comes in five exciting colour shades and contains real fish oil for added appeal. Five to a pack.