All you need to know about mainline match baits

For many carp anglers, the only way is Essex – or, more accurately, Mainline Baits, a company based there and famed for its cult status boilies including Cell, Essential Cell, Activ-8 and Grange.

These, alongside a plethora of pellets, pastes, base mixes, liquids, dips, glugs and additives – not to mention matching wafters, dumbells and pop-ups – make Mainline a one-stop shop for discerning bivvy-dwellers.

Now, not content with dominating the big-carp bait scene, Mainline has joined forces with its neighbour Guru, just up the road, to release Match baits aimed at commercial anglers. 

The full range, which I am reliably told is just the first wave of what will be a tsunami of new products, includes three groundbaits, two types of feed pellets, syrup liquids, and 8mm boilie, wafter and dumbell wafter hookbaits.

Activated coarse pellets

These pellets transmit a stream of attractive food signals through the water layers, whipping the fish into a feeding frenzy. Activated Coarse Pellets are best soaked and softened and used in conjunction with Hybrid and Method feeders. They can also be enhanced with Mainline Sticky Syrups. In 2mm, 4mm, 6mm and 8mm sizes.

Price: £3.50

Cell activated pellets

Mainline Cell can present a strong case for being one of the finest carp attractors and feed stimulants of all time – its record speaks for itself. As a result, Mainline’s Activated Pellets in combination with Cell should be a sure-fire winner for carp, bream and tench.

In re-sealable 1kg bags, the pellets are available in 2mm, 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm sizes.

Price: £3.99

8mm match boilies

Using the proven flavours and additives for which the Mainline brand is famous, 8mm Match Boilies are rolled from a high-leakage base mix packed full of attraction. 

Ideal for hair-rigging situations, these relatively small boilies are available in four stand-out colours and flavours – Orange (Chocolate), White (Cell), Pink (Tuna) and Yellow (Pineapple) – and come in handy resealable tubs.

Price: £3.99

8mm match wafters

These easy-to-use Mainkine Dumbell Wafters offer an alternative shape to their round counterparts, and not only present something rather different to fish that have seen it all, but are equally as easy to hair-rig. 

Their ideal partner is a size 12 Guru QM1 hook, and they come in the same four colours and flavours as the Match Boilies – Orange (Chocolate), White (Cell), Pink (Tuna) and Yellow (Pineapple). 

Price: £3.99

8mm rounded match wafters

These 8mm rounded Mainline Wafters are critically balanced when used in conjunction with a size 12 Guru QM1 hook. 

This deadly combination allows your hook to find its natural position, and because its weight is counterbalanced you can expect many more hook-ups. Ideal for use with Hybrid and Method feeders, they are available in the same flavours and colours as the others in the Match Boilie range.

Price: £5.99

sticky syrups

These thick, viscous, PVA-friendly liquids are extremely active when added your baits, and once in water they disperse instantly along the bottom and as well as sending a
hi-attract cloud up to the surface.

Price: £4.99 

Match Margin Mix (Coarse)

Full of particles and complemented by super-rich fishmeals and ground pellets, Match Margin Mix holds fish on the bottom for longer. To that end it is heavy and full of feed.

Price: £4.50

Method Mix

This super-fine mix breaks down perfectly every cast and incorporates hand-picked fishmeal and ground pellets for added attraction.

Price: £4.50

Match Pole Mix

The main ingredient is finely-milled expander pellets, which offer the perfect base for holding fish but don’t overfeed them.

Price: £3.99

Ringer's Chocolate Orange Gel

Here's another sewn-on winner from family-run Ringers Baits. This latest gel additive perfectly matches the lip-smacking aroma of the award-winning Chocolate Orange Wafters.

Spray this sticky, viscous product directly on to wafters, mini-boilies, corn, meat or pellets and it will stick tenaciously to the lot, offering added taste and food appeal.

Price: £5.99  


BAG ‘EM Baits’ new Sweet Fishmeal and Sweet Krill groundbaits in re-sealable 2kg bags are ideal for both commercial and natural venues. All Round Groundbaits contain a mix of proven fish-catching sweet and savoury fishmeal-based ingredients. Skimmers, carp, F1s, bream and tench are sure to love them – and so will you.

Price: £5.49

Floaters - The Krill

You can now harness the awesome pulling power of The Krill for surface fishing! Using a unique double coating process, these high-protein floating pellets leak out attraction to pull carp into your swim and hold them there.

The first coating breaks down as soon as the pellets hit the water, releasing food signals and carrying potent fragments of bait across the surface. The second coating then starts to pump super-soluble attractors into the water to draw up fish not already on the surface.

The attractive oils locked in during the coating process give off an impressive slick as the coatings break down, which flattens off any ripple and attracts carp without the need to carry extra oil for glugging.

They’re supplied in 3kg bags and available in 3mm, 6mm and 11mm.

RRP: £12.99

Adrenaline Nano Pellet Boost review

Angling Times takes a first look at new kid on the block Adrenaline Baits as unveils its super-potent range of additives.

Adrenaline Baits, which are distributed by the Middy Group, is about to introduce three very distinctive and highly potent bait additives – Plasma, Method Crystals and Nano Pellet Boost. 

These can be used in conjunction with baits including pellets, meat, corn and all popular groundbaits. 

Field trials have found the additives particularly effective when used in conjunction with Method tactics, so they are sure to be sought out by commercial match anglers looking for an edge.

To bank-test these baits I took them all along with me on a recent live tackle test. 

In short, I was hugely impressed by all three products, but especially the four super-potent powdered White Cloud, Green Cloud, Red Cloud and Yellow Cloud Nano Pellet Boosts. 

These are so strong that they can change the colour of standard coarse fish feed pellets and lighter coloured expander hookbaits, providing the angler with a host of pellet alternatives on hard-fished match venues. 


‘Use sparingly’ it says on the packaging and, sure enough, a little goes a long way with all these Adrenaline Baits products. 

Nano Boost pellet powder is unlike anything else on the market, such is its strength and vibrancy of colour.

Method Crystals leak off quickly, and are again extremely potent, so you don’t need loads when loading a Method feeder. 

Finally, the viscous Plasma Liquids include a useful and unique Black Worm colour and flavour, likely to be of interest to anyone using chopped worm as feed or hookbait in clear water. As additives that offer both flavour and colour, they’re impressive!


Add just a few of these crystals into your feeder mould to give off a highly visible fish-attracting coloured fog over the lakebed. Secret trials revealed that Adrenaline Method Crystals will increase fish activity in your swim, giving you that all-important edge. 

Available in Green Fog, Yellow Fog, Black Fog and Red Fog, the crystals can be used in tandem with Adrenaline Plasma for double the attraction.

Price: £3.99


Add Adrenaline Plasma to Method feeder set-ups, or neat to pellets, corn and meat, to create an irresistible trail of smell and colour. It’s thick and super-concentrated, with an incredibly potent aroma. Use it with Adrenaline Method Crystals to create a highly visible coloured fog around your feeder and draw fish to your bait.

Available in five versions – Black Worm, Red Worm, Yellow Corn, Pink Meat and Natural Pellet.

Price: £4.99  


Add just a tiny pinch of this unique powdered attractant to dampened feeder pellets, meat or corn and the colour will be transformed. A s the bait falls through the water it will now give off an irresistible cloud - It's like having gold dust in a 30ml tub! Available in bright fluorescent Green, Yellow and red plus an outstanding white cloud that's ideal for the use with expander pellet hookbaits. 


Price: £4.99

Mistral spod feeds

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 for more information.

Price: Arctic Krill Spod Particles £14.99
                   The Cloud £3.99  

SonuBaits Ian Russell Pop-Ups

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.

Price: £6.49