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   Old Thread  #46 9 Mar 2019 at 7.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I found the Mistral Rosehip Isotonic were a good fish catcher, although I did find their baits were rock hard, and often needed drilling to get on the hair.

I used to use these when they very first came out as either toppers on a snowman / greedy pig rig and later as a carrier for my quench homemade s&o e12 multimino combos. (I was crap at rolling corkballs). Never once did I find the isotonic's 'rock hard'??
They were firm, but not hard in the slightest, and a baiting needle would pierce with 'positive' effort..
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   Old Thread  #45 9 Mar 2019 at 10.34am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yes Mistral baits did buy the richworth brand

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   Old Thread  #44 9 Mar 2019 at 10.17am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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didnt they buy ritchworth?
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   Old Thread  #43 9 Mar 2019 at 7.50am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I know the Crafty Catcher factory rolls baits for other companies. A lot of individual shops have 'their own' bait ranges which are made for them, so to tell you a list of shops might mean nothing.

Crafty Catcher did also make Ringers match boilies, at one time RH boilies, and even for Nash.

When I was working in the tackle shop during my first stint years ago, I found the Mistral Rosehip Isotonic were a good fish catcher, although I did find their baits were rock hard, and often needed drilling to get on the hair.
I think to be honest, they got behind other companies, like Nash Scopex Squid, behind Mainline Grange and Activ8 and just couldn't keep up.


Question, before Mistral, Alan Parberry was in with Kevin Maddocks, was that company Maestro?
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   Old Thread  #42 9 Mar 2019 at 7.28am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Guess they are rolling for Richworth now.
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   Old Thread  #41 9 Mar 2019 at 6.21am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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They have been around a very long time so something must be keeping them afloat and maybe that is the rolling for others.

I agree with the constant changing of the range not really helping them, but the problem is a lot of anglers seem to think new is best, look what happens whenever mainline or sticky release a new bait, the world goes mad thinking that bait is going to magically change their angling for the better.

I used to be a big fan of their Strawberry Isotonic. Particularly the pop ups for single hookbait fishing but they were discontinued.
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   Old Thread  #40 8 Mar 2019 at 11.00pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
We were told that they actually made/rolled a lot of other companies boilies in their factory. They wouldn't name any names so take that how you will.

I think that's kind of the point, they make OK bait but don't do too much to differentiate/market themselves so they're just sort of static.

At one point they were just bringing out boilies that smelt like successful ones from other companies to try and compete. They had coconut ice to go up against cell, and then a Vampire Squid one to go against Nash's one.

Alan was a nice guy though
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   Old Thread  #39 8 Mar 2019 at 9.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Isn’t it all just cheapo readymade floor sweepings? Picked up bags of various stuff in tackle shops over the years and it all looked pony to me. Can’t imagine any reason that I’d ever use it, what does mistral offer over any other manufacturer.?
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   Old Thread  #38 8 Mar 2019 at 5.29pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Me and my friend were sponsored by Mistral a few years ago (we ran a horrendous YouTube channel, don't ask).

We went to their factory and met Alan and the team etc. and they do genuinely care about what goes in to their bait. The main issue they have is that they're obsessed with releasing about 20 new baits to market each year as they're convinced they have to. It means they can't market them all properly and it all just gets lost. they do have a few good boilies in the range and if they cut down to 3 or 4 baits and just focused on those they would do so much better
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   Old Thread  #37 18 Feb 2019 at 7.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Always liked Rosehip; caught very well on it many years ago , would use it again if it wasn’t so expensive.
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   Old Thread  #36 18 Feb 2019 at 9.52am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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cause theres a lot better available from a lot of bait firms
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   Old Thread  #35 18 Feb 2019 at 6.56am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Caught so many fish when I first started out on Mistral Baits ‘The Remedy’ and also done well on ‘Rosehip Isotonic’ in France when Maison De Lac Bleu very first opened.

Wouldn’t go back to them now though
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   Old Thread  #34 13 Feb 2019 at 7.56am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #33 13 Feb 2019 at 5.52am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I use mainline banoffe wafters to get some sleep when it is really busy..
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   Old Thread  #32 12 Feb 2019 at 8.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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True, true, that would be just as effective, but hardly as serprusing or fun.

Thing is, i was like, sure the grange is great and all that, but any bait would get you some fish. So they were like hold my bait and switched to the rosehips. Nothing. So this would become something like a running gag, and it was pulled at least 20 times over the trips, with zero fish. Best time to do that was over dinner.

Ahwell, and in all honesty, most rods were reeled in, leaving in 2 or something as some form of side entertainment.
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