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The use of milk protein bait – featuring casein, caseinates and lactalbumen – is largely forgotten these days.

But they remain amongst the most effective of all cold water attractors.

Milk protein bait is particularly good for chub and barbel. Both of these two river species will pick up a milk protein bait when all else fails.

There is no need to get bogged down by research chemistry, enzymes and complicated formulae, as many anglers did when this kind of bait was originally developed.

Simply make up your usual cheesepaste mix (as pictured above). Add a little more liquid than usual – either a liquid attractor or a little water.

Then simply stiffen it to the required consistency with some Nutrabaits Hi-Nu-Val powder, or a similar base mix with milk-derived proteins. If you use one of these kinds you’ll give the bait a real milky boost.

Although boosted milk content baits are perfect for cold water fishing you will find they are highly effective all year round. Chub, in particular, have an irresistible urge to eat them.

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