Bait prep - Liquid loading
Running a bait company, I get asked lots of questions on a daily basis. A good percentage of them are centred around bait preparation, for which our liquid and prep-powder product range are focused. This is not just an intentional ploy to get people buying additional products, it is genuinely an edge myself and my close friends have employed for good number of years. Now is no better time to try and help people understand why we do it and how we get the best out of every single food item that we put out onto the pond by including liquids and powders.
With so many anglers now using boilies as their main baiting approach, more often than not they use straight out of the bag, freezer or shelflife. It became apparent that adding the right liquids at the right times could evoke a much quicker and intense feeding response. I’m not talking about a splash of liquid and a dust of powder that will come off as soon as the bait hits the water. This is a 3 day process that will ensure that your bait remains fresh for up to 2 weeks, and will stay attractive once in the water for an extended amount of time; which can be invaluable when prebaiting. It also means that the second the bait is put out onto the lake bed it becomes active and continues to pump out attraction for well over a week – untainted by the lake bed odours – which ensures it will be considered a food source above all other bait out on the lakebed.
Some may say it will turn them off. That the bait is too ‘in their face’ and will actually repel them. I’d say that from my own and my friends experiences, it is in fact the opposite. If you use the correct liquids which have been formulated with this purpose in mind, the sky is the limit to what you can achieve.
The method I’m going to go through is called liquid loading and the advantages are numerous if done correctly. The aim is to fully hydrate the bait to the core with the liquids and then to coat the bait in powders that ensure the bait is instantly active. This leaves a scent trail throughout the water column as well as a food signal footprint on the lake bed, even after the bait has been eaten.
- The hemp oil will slightly harden up the bait and seep right into its core, due to its nature. Being hydroscopic and lighter than the surrounding liquids it will also push the other liquids out of the bait and through the water column. This is why we apply this liquid first.
- The second liquid; the Active food source liquid, provides the ‘eat me’ food signals that travel through the water and into the lake bed as it is expelled from the bait itself.
- The prep-powder creates an added dimension that most baits just don’t have. An active outer layer that is alive once immersed in water, which also travels up and down the water column and is left in the lake bed even after the bait is eaten.
This method (depending on which bait and liquids you use) takes around 3 days to fully load the bait. The process is as follows. For the purpose of illustration I have used the following products all from the Purebait Concepts range:
- AminoEster freezer bait in 18mm (2.5kg)
- High Grade Hemp oil (50ml)
- AminoEster Active Liquid food (150ml)
- AminoEster prep powder (250g)
- Firstly defrost the bait fully. A frozen bait cannot take on anything, but once defrosted the bait is like a sponge and we need the liquids to be taken fully into the core of the bait. With the AminoEster this takes 4-6 hours depending on the ambient temperature.
Place the bait in a bucket with room enough to move it around and evenly coat all baits with a shake up.
2: Once the baits have been fully defrosted pour 25ml of Hemp oil onto the baits, close bucket lid and shake until all baits are coated evenly. Leave for the oil to soak in fully and repeat with another 25ml of hemp oil and repeat. This should take 24hrs for the oil to be taken into the core of the bait.
3: Once the Hemp oil is not visible on the outer layers and 24 hrs have passed the bait is ready for the next stage of preperation. Now we take the liquid food and apply it in 50ml stages leaving 6-8hrs in between applications to allow absorbtion of the more dense viscous, liquid food. After the 3rd dose of 50ml and around 24hrs later, the bait should be fully hydrated and unable to take any more liquids on board. Now the bait is ready for the powder application.
Matching AminoEster prep-powder formulated specifically for this application.
A fully hydrated bait cannot take on any nasty odours of a sour lake bed or rotten detritus
4: Apply the first load of prep-powder coating the baits fully by shaking the tub. Then leave for 3-4hrs to let the coating adhere to the baits and the liquids. Repeat coating all the baits fully, they should now look like the finished article ready for going out into the pond.
The prep-powder contains multiple densities and soluble properties of various seed, nut, milk, cereal and yeast ingredients. Give the bait a first prep-powder coating and leave for 3-4hrs
Above: A second and final coating
The finished atricle.
As I said earlier, I have 100% faith in Purebait’s products. Have a play and see what you can come up with. Be lucky and stay safe, Tom.