Revealed here are very unusual powerful bait recipes for winter, spring and cold water big fish success! Chocolate malt is a popular flavour now. I have made my own versions of these baits and flavours as homemade baits for about 25 years. That is a lot of winters and springs to test what truly works so read on and reap more cold water rewards now!
Flavours are an exceptionally popular topic of interest among anglers on the bank! Chocolate malt is a flavour that I and friends of mine plus many other anglers in the know love to exploit! Many anglers today use chocolate malt flavour readymade baits, but you can make even more potent versions! If you have read any other of my hundreds of bait secrets articles all over the web now, you will have realized that bait and nutrition, and bait and achieving far more bites are certainly not necessarily the same thing! Nutritional baits catch fish sure, but baits optimized to achieve the maximum numbers of chances of bites are far more successful!
What I mean by this is that nutritional stimulation is merely one avenue or approach to exploit within baits in order to achieve a situation where fish mouth your baits and subsequently get hooked! A great many baits that have exploited chocolate malt flavour over the years have not been designed as nutritionally stimulating baits at all! Instead the vast majority of chocolate malt readymade baits have relied upon the impacts of the high levels of flavour within relatively low nutritional value under optimized base mixes.
Protein components just keep on getting more and more expensive. So the aim of bait companies to achieve more profits leads many to cut down on protein and use alternative options to achieve bites and of course utilizing high flavour levels is just one approach that has great success! These days more and more bait companies are competing so are looking at ways to incorporate competitive edges within their baits at low cost. Some ideas below will cover some ideas as many of these substances mentioned cost less than using protein rich additives and ingredients.
The success of your bait certainly does not have to be due to how rich the concentrated proteins within your baits are in terms of feeding triggers and attractors; endless other options are available that truly work, even when fished against protein rich baits!
The original successful chocolate malt flavour that came to prominence was the one conceived by Rod Hutchinson, the flavour supreme extraordinaire! This was the chocolate malt flavour I chose if I was thinking about a bait of this particular emphasis, but the homemade base mixes I used were very open texture because I wished my flavours to leach out in great concentration and catch me fish as efficiently as possible! For winter I used various very soluble additives and ingredients to assist in the leaching of attractors and feeding stimulants alongside the concentrated flavour.
An example of this would be malt extract, which is a highly under used additive these days. Another additive I would use today in such a bait is vanilla extract meal. Personally I like to keep things different but certainly not just for the sake of it. For instance today if I was to fish against a readymade chocolate malt bait there are very many options I would exploit to design a vast array of competitive edges into my homemade baits. These edges very much would relate to the potency of the bait, its instant and cumulative bioactive effects and metabolic effects and this will include potent prebiotic and probiotic effects, things that will speed the throughput of bait through fish, assist digestion, increase bait palatability and impacts intensity and duration and so on.
For cold water the ways you bait substances in combination react in water are a massively crucial part of your bait! Cold water baits are well known to be more successful when you include an intense sweetener. Such a sweetener has multiple effects and impacts apart from its role as a flavour enhancer. Such sweeteners strengthen the intensity and duration of other flavours and improve bait palatability which in turn encourages carp to feed on more bait more repeatedly, even in low water temperatures. Obviously further repeated feeding equals more chances for fish to make mistakes on your hook baits!
As the focus of this article is on the flavour not base mix just a couple of suggestions will be mentioned in this regard. It is desirable to give your fish multiple impacts on multiple senses so utilizing various substances combined is obviously a very sound suggestion. So for example I would use a sweet or milky or another type of powdered palatant in my bait. I might use a very specific appetite stimulator and the profile of these can very enormously. SBS baits for example have a very well proven range.
Appetite stimulators are extremely under exploited simply because the masses have not figured it out that a bait built on a range of incredibly potent feeding triggers which also happen to be seriously potent enhancers is a very serious edge over fish caution and resistance to being hooked! They really do promote that vital just one more effect when experienced by carp!
As for flavours I like to make things unique in my baits while ensuring plenty to attract carp and create interesting profiles and richness within baits and substances leaching off. If you are fishing a water where chocolate malt has been used previously then why not create new flavour with a unique profile and effects. You might well consider trying mixing 2 different brands of chocolate malt flavours together, with each on a different base.
You might decide to add a different dimension perhaps, by adding a butter or cream or scopex or milk flavour. Personally I would add a little butyric acid also. In a chocolate malt bait you might include extras into you bait that will certainly enhance the palatability and solubility and effectiveness of your bait. Many malted drinks are very effective and include milk protein and sugar fractions and further enhancers such as salts. These tend to be very fine which is great but they have a certain oil content so I would mix something else to it that is also fine; such as icing sugar to it for cold water use.
I would include a milliliter of Thaumatin (the trade name is Talin) at least per 1 kilogram of your dry powder base mix. Other things I would add in whatever combination of ingredients and additives you might choose for your base mix I would include are molasses meal, betaine HCL and also in with your liquids, some high potency liquid lecithins from CW Baits.
Vanilla is probably the most popular flavour in the world yet it is strangely ignored by 99 percent of carp anglers today. The real vanilla extract liquid is very useful indeed but often in pretty weak alcohol base. Alcohol is a very soluble easily dissipated form of solvent and carrier for natural flavour components. However it is possible to create real vanilla flavour by steeping and heating vanilla pods to draw out their awesomely attractive oleoresins.
Traditionally chocolate, vanilla and chilli are well connected for many reasons through history and culture and with very good reason. In fact a few drops of capsicum essential oil for example works very well in a sweet homemade chocolate malt bait! For more information on what kinds of substances are most potent in designing your base mix for cold water boilies, pellets, particles, ground baits and so on read on.
You might think that chocolate malt just refers to boilies, but it most certainly does not! What about chocolate malt sweetcorn, or tiger nuts or luncheon meat, or spod mix or PVA bag mix, method mix or boosted paste? How about this little idea: Defrost some prawns in a mixture of soluble fish protein, vanilla extract powder, betaine HCL, raw molasses, wheat bran, powdered palatant and other appetite stimulators and chocolate malt flavour. When you begin, add some dehydrated prawns and maybe insect meal, a little chocolate powder and instant coffee powder, silkworms crushed plus some chopped up vanilla pod.
When your prawns have defrosted and all materials have soaked in all together, crush up your prawns and then add some PVA friendly liquid food. Examples could include CC Moore corn sweet syrup, plus a little liquid chilli extract and added chilli flakes. Maybe you might try liquid salmon and krill extract with added glycerine, Butyric acid and Talin. Such suggestions are all good, but merely the tip of the iceberg of what I know is possible and certainly baits can be made incredibly far more potent!
I really seriously rate using big PVA bags filled with suggestions like this. I make mine to pack such a uniquely potent punch I can tell you it makes me smile knowing just what is hitting fish externally and internally in concentration is actively altering their brain chemistry, muscular state, changes of behaviours and states of arousal and feeding modes!
I do not simply go to bait companies for my ideas and materials though. Herbalists and suppliers to the massage and holistic healing and health food type businesses offer many extraordinarily potent substances that could well be new to your consciousness as having potential in carp baits!
You might think that chocolate malt just refers to boilies, but it most certainly does not! I could suggest trying betal nut products, and endless other products to induce special energizing impacts in feed to induce boosted feeding activity especially required in low water temperatures!
What about chocolate malt sweetcorn, or tiger nuts or luncheon meat, or spod mix or PVA bag mix, method mix or boosted paste? How about this little idea: Defrost some prawns in a mixture of soluble fish protein, vanilla extract powder, betaine HCL, raw molasses, wheat bran, powdered palatant and other appetite stimulators and chocolate malt flavour. When you begin, add some dehydrated prawns and maybe insect meal, a little chocolate powder and instant coffee powder, silkworms crushed plus some chopped up vanilla pod.
When your prawns have defrosted and all materials have soaked in all together, crush up your prawns and then add some PVA friendly liquid food. Examples could include CC Moore corn sweet syrup, plus a little liquid chilli extract and added chilli flakes. Maybe you might try the new liquid krill extract and add glycerine, Butyric acid and Talin for an awesome unique spring chocolate bait!
I say much more about this on CC Moore TV each month as a consultant describing how and why to use a massive diversity of various substances to trigger feeding in many potent ways and also gain incredible competitive edges over competing baits!
This is all great stuff but this is merely the tips of the iceberg of what is possible and certainly can be made incredibly more potent. It really does pay to keep an open mind! Revealed in my unique readymade bait and homemade bait carp and catfish bait secrets ebooks is far more powerful information look up my unique website (Baitbigfish) and see my biography below for details of my ebooks deals right now!
By Tim Richardson.