Autumn pikeThursday is our Big Fish Blog and it’s the turn of Marukyu, the Japan-based bait innovators with products specially designed to catch UK fish.

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The words below come to us from their man Nick Marlow (pictured right), the well-travelled former editor of Tackle Trade World.

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Apparently it’s going to get cold


HAVE you heard the news? Apparently it’s going to get cold (well it is mid-November) and we might get some snow at some point, perhaps, maybe…

I have to say that these long range weather forecasts do make me laugh. The weather peeps don’t seem to be able to predict what’s going to happen tomorrow or the day after, yet people live and die by their long range forecasts. I know people moan about politicians getting paid for being wrong – but really – weather forecasters – they really are stealing a living, aren’t they?

It’s a fair bet that during late autumn it might get cold. And it might snow.

Is that going to stop me fishing? Is it ‘eck!

I actually like late autumn and winter fishing. Yes it may be cold – but if you wear the right clothes, that’s not a problem. Yes the water is cold and the fish move less, but the fish also tend to shoal tighter so catching them is never impossible… just takes a bit of water craft!

Wrap up warm and get our winter fishing

Wrap up warm and get out winter fishing

At this time of year many people switch to pike and zander fishing. Predators do tend to be quite obliging as the temperature plummets – so who can blame people for trying?

But while I am happy to target pike and zeds in late autumn, my quest for a monster perch and a big chub continues… Work commitments have put paid to my fishing of late – but this weekend I start in earnest. Watch this space!

Meanwhile, I’ve come across a new product that sounds very interesting indeed. And before I go on, I will say this – I might work for the company that’s launching it – but that does not (in this case) make me biased in any way.

It was during Autumn 2012 that I first learnt about a new product from Japan called Credence Corn.

Credence Corn is a fully biodegradable alternative to plastic baits.

It utilises Marukyu’s hybrid technology – with all the performance advantages of Japan’s latest amino acid expertise and the added bonus of a tougher better performing hookbait. And when I say biodegradable – I do mean 100% biodegradable.

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How long does Credence Corn take to biodegrade? This depends on conditions; Credence Corn is broken down to nothing by bacteria and light. Therefore it is dependent on the conditions and water temperature. In a glass of sterile water and kept in the dark it will take a long time to break down. In a silted pond it will take a much shorter time –usually less time than any pop up or shelf life boilie.

I stated that this would not be biased in any way. And I did mean that. I have used plastic baits many times and caught many fish on them. They work. I have used Credence Corn many times and caught many fish on it also. Have I caught more or less than on plastic baits? That I don’t know… because I was using the Credence Corn and not plastic baits – but my gut feeling is that this bait got me more bites because of the special scent attraction. But one thing I do know is that a) this works and b) it biodegrades to nothing at all.

Personally I’m fully swayed. It has all of the advantages of a plastic bait (visual, tough) with the added advantages of being biodegradable and having scent appeal. And I’ve caught shed loads on it!

But don’t take my word for it – try it for yourself! You can find out more about it by clicking the photo below


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