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   Old Thread  #16 12 Feb 2019 at 10.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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if road kill isnt easy to find then use a tin of catfood.

pierce it at either and and in the middle with a screwdriver and then make a couple of holes at one end and on the side so you can put a pike trace through to loop it to the can, then rope it into the margins.
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   Old Thread  #15 12 Feb 2019 at 8.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I used to fish an infested gravel pit. And due to the depth and snags I would only fish the margins. But this meant any bait put in would soon become a black cloud of crayfish. I used to use either plastic corn with a seed/groundbait mix or the nash mutant and kens wooden ball trick. I would still get the crays but I was confident that I still had bait on the hair. But one member showed me a good trick, any roadkill or dead animals found near the lake, put them in the next swim in a spot you wouldn't fish and the crayfish would go mental over it. Our lake was really clear and I watched them strip a dead rabbit to bone in a few hours.
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   Old Thread  #14 10 Feb 2019 at 4.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #13 10 Feb 2019 at 4.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yes my friend all is well
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   Old Thread  #12 10 Feb 2019 at 1.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
The water I fish, you are plagued with eels, they take virtually anything boilie wise reagrdless or not whether it is a fish based or nut based boilie. Even tiger nuts will catch them. Rock hard baits get nibbled away eventually. Armameshing your bait is pointless, couple of hours and your bait is gone. The only thing with armameshing your bait is, you get better twitches and pulls as the eels get their teeth caught in the mesh. Soon as the twitches stop, its time to reel in as your bait will have gone and rebait and recast.

For years now, I have always fished a "snowman" rig with a plastic Nash 10 mm Mutant on, just to ensure that I still have a bait on. This has been very successful over the years and the white and yellow mutants being the best.

I have a feeling though, that Nash mutants have been discontinued a good while back as I stocked up on them.
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   Old Thread  #11 10 Feb 2019 at 12.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #10 10 Feb 2019 at 12.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Don't think it maters what bait you use to keep the crays from eating it off the rig. It's more about the rig and how it will reset its self after the crays have been pulling it about.. No good having a bait on that the crays can't get off if they have pulled your rig into a hole or messed it up.. I would only fish a plastic bait at night.. The rest of the time I fish a normal bait I'm not afraid to recast a rod even with fish in my swim most lake's I've finished that have a cray problem tend to fish better with more Bait going in so I've found plus fishing in silt rather than a firm bottom helps plus I stay away from snags and margins as crays like a place to hide.. I would say don't be afraid to fish a boilie as most others will not be and you could find you catch more fish
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   Old Thread  #9 10 Feb 2019 at 11.35am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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nash mutants soaked in liquids are the way to go on crayfish infested waters , keep the rigs simple and make sure the mutants are tied on , avoid tungsten products as the crays love it for some reason , i had most success on short fluro stiff rigs

i used to fish an ex crayfish farm in the cotswolds and they were savage in there , never lost a hookbait with the mutants and on the stiff rigs they never tangled , good luck , gotta say i dont miss fishing cray infested waters !!!
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   Old Thread  #8 10 Feb 2019 at 10.34am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I tried wooden balls as well and they are good but don't pop up, especially if you soak them in something. Drilling them out to take cork is a massive pain and even then they still aren'y very bouyant.
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   Old Thread  #7 10 Feb 2019 at 9.28am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I had success using 20mm mainline tutti's, used to air dry for a month and then glug them in a tutti flavoured oil a mate used to give me for around the same. Came out about 15mm the next day, you for see the grip marks all round them

Really used to piss me off, constantly pulling the baits, beep, beep, just used to wait for it to tear off
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   Old Thread  #6 10 Feb 2019 at 8.46am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have had crayfish issues on a couple of waters.
Meshed baits did not avoid them, they would cut through the mesh, and leave a ball of stocking or armourmesh. Heat wrapped shrinktubed baits, they would basically pull out from the sides of the wrap. Even using plastics was not a perfect solution, mono or dental floss hairs could be cut off, so I had to resort to Korda Armacord or 25lb Kryston Merlin for the hair.
I must admit I am not keen on plastic baits either, so possibly had little confidence.

In the end I bought wooden balls and keep them in a long term bait soak. The sizes I use are 20, 15 and 10mm and all have a 1mm hole drilled through them.

You might find this useful
very useful link by Ken on wooden balls to avoid crays

Oh, and check your bait stops, crays can pull them out of the hair loop
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   Old Thread  #5 10 Feb 2019 at 8.13am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I fish on the Cotswold Water Park, and have similar issues.

My best solution to date is to use dried out barrel shaped hookbaits and use the perforated Korda SupaWrap shrink tube over them. I finish these off with an ESP corn stop.

Whilst this in no way stops the crays, it does slow them down quite a bit and the hookbait will usually last a night.
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   Old Thread  #4 10 Feb 2019 at 8.06am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I do something similar using these;

https://www.thebottlejarstore.co.uk/product-category/lids-and-closures/heat-shrink-capsules/

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   Old Thread  #3 10 Feb 2019 at 7.02am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I fished a place where the crays were very active and use to shrink wrap my baits using the Gardner wrap .
That allowed your baits to be in the water for longer but they were still attacked by the crays and they whittled them down eventually .

Nash produced mutant baits / plastic boilies and I use to catch on them .
Wooden balls is another option.
Good luck
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   Old Thread  #2 10 Feb 2019 at 6.58am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Have a look at the ESP ones, they are not as bouyant as a god pop up but they will deal with the Crays
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