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Bait tests


METHOD MIXES – TESTED!

Tested by STEVE LOCKETT

CARP KINETICS METHOD MIX
£5 for 2 kg
A blast of marzipan greets you when opening the bag. There are back notes of orangey fruit, too. The texture is very fine, but has some very big particles of seeds and nuts in the pale brick coloured mix.
Mixes well, but needs a little less water than others on test. Is…

SUPERMARKET SWEETCORN – TESTED

Tested for Angler’s Mail by Duncan Charman
 
LIDL FRESHONA SWEETCORN
39p
Kernels in water with sugar and salt added, sold in 340 gr ringpull tin (drained 285 gr). A dark, unwelcoming yellow colour. Sizes vary from being very small to medium with a vast amount having holes within the kernels. Very soft in texture with a lot of waste pieces and…

BEST READY-TO-GO CORN BAITS – TESTED!

Tested by STEVE LOCKETT

BAG ‘EM MATCHBAITS SWEETCORN
£2.99
Handy 200 ml plastic tubs can be resealed after use and kept for some time in your tackle bag. The flavours in the four-strong range are very powerful, which may put some off, but could be good as target baits. Natural, Strawberry, Scopex and Pineapple are the choices. Grains are very consistent in size,…

Essential Baits Shellfish B5

ANGLER’S MAIL is number one for product ideas! Here’s a favourite bait used by magazine contributor Andy Browne…

For the past 17 years my carp fishing has revolved around using Essential Baits. People new to the sport of carp fishing have a real problem with settling on using one bait – their friends are catching on a different bait when they…

THE A-Z OF BOILIE COMPANIES

Angler’s Mail has been scouring the country for bait companies…
Below are the 122 boilie firms we found. If you know of more, or have a favourite brand, add your comment below or email us to let us know. And if you have further comments about the bait game, post them too below this long list, where we allow comments. Or…

SUPERMARKET CHEESE – TESTED

Tested by DUNCAN CHARMAN

TESCO ROUSSAS BARREL AGED FETA
£2.18 for 200 gr
A three-month matured Greek cheese made from goats and sheep’s milk. Almost white in appearance and leaking a milky white juice. More pliable than at first thought and can be cut into pieces and hair-rigged, but can only be fished at close quarters. The texture does allow it to be…

SUPERMARKET SEA FOOD BAITS – TESTED!

Tested by Bill Rushmer

COOKED COCKLES
£5 for 268 gr
A well established tough sea food bait that can be fished directly on the hook. You need to be careful buying your cockles though, as most jars on sale in supermarkets contain pickled cockles making them very acidic and not so attractive to fish. Fresh or frozen are far better and work for…

SUPERMARKET MEAT SPECIALS

Tested by Bill Rushmer

SAINSBURY’S PORK SAUSAGE MEAT
£2 for 500 gr
Sausage meat is more like a base mix in that you need to add additives and process (cook) it before use. Just mix the sausage meat with curry powder, the amount added is a matter of individual choice. Then roll into sausages and cook in an oven on a medium heat…

HOOKABLE PELLET BAITS – TESTED

Tested by Dave Coster
 
DYNAMITE BAITS THE SOURCE
£3.25
Soft hook pellets flavoured with The Source, which is a popular boilie ingredient for carp. Almost a deep burgundy colour, these dark pellets are available in 4 mm, 6 mm and 10 mm sizes and have an oily aroma. You get a big helping in a pot, easily enough for several hectic sessions, and…

SUPERMARKET MEAT BAITS – TESTED

Tested by Bill Rushmer
NEWGATE PORK AND HAM
Lidl £1.19 for 300 gr
Coming in a 300 gr ring pull can it appears to be fattier than most with a higher jelly content. It was lighter in colour than most and felt softer, which could limit its application to fishing closer in, towards the margins or float fishing in slower moving rivers again…