Tested by STEVE LOCKETT
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, making feeding accurate. Quite squidgy in texture, but with tough skins, these are large baits. There are only full grains in each tub, no skins or smaller bits. Plenty of juice in each tub to keep the bait as soft as possible, but can be messy in the coloured versions. The natural corn has a bit of a weird colour to it, but smells like corn should.
A great range of sizes and three flavours in easy-to-pack plastic sachets makes a convenient selection for bigger fish. The tough grains will help to deter silver fish, but should break down easily when eaten by bigger fish.
Micro corn looks great for targeting carp when rudd are a pain. The Mega corn, at about 25 mm long, will be a good target bait for bomb work. In the natural variety, it looks almost washed out, which could be good for highly pressured fish.
Shelf-life baits will last in your bag, but suggest the use of preservatives. There is not much smell to the natural type and they are not stored in juice, making handling easy. Strawberry and Tutti Frutti are the flavours.
These large grains are very consistent in size, with no bits of skin or chopped corn in the tin. Each grain feels soft under a tough skin, but should be good for casting long distances. Only coming as flavoured bait does restrict options a little, but the flavouring is quite subtle. Plenty of juice in the tin helps to keep the bait submerged in the flavouring. Scopex, Strawberry and Tutti-Frutti are the three choices.
The small 300 gr tin looks the perfect size for a winter match. Once drained, this leaves around 210 gr of bait. A good option for match anglers and short session merchants, this has a fresh looking colour and great aroma.
Four fruity flavour choices – Scopex, Strawberry, Tutti Frutti and Pineapple, plus one natural variety -in a 350 gr tin makes these very good value. The grains are of mixed sizes, with most being medium to large. Each grain is very soft, which will be perfect for pole work. They also seem to be overcooked, as they are dull in colour and are not plump grains like the others tested. Not an excessive amount of juice in the tin and very few bits of skin. This looks like a decent bait for using straight from the tin. Will be slower falling through the water, so could be good for wary carp on pole gear.
Both the natural XL tested here, and the flavoured Scopex Frenzied Corn, which costs £1.95, come in 340 gr tins. The corn is nicely soft, with a mix of grain sizes to give options for both pole and rod and line work. On opening a tin, the corn smells fresh and sweet with very little juice to stick to hands and gear. There are more skins and smaller chopped bits than in any of the other tested brands, but still enough grains to cover a couple of outings. The labels include handy hints about how to hook the bait.
NOTE: All products tested January 2012. All prices correct at the time of going to Press. Angler’s Mail do not take responsibility for price or product changes or current availability.
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