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   Old Thread  #1154 29 Jun 2022 at 10.37am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Unfortunately we have run into another 12mm cork ball problem. The 12mm cork balls which we use to roll the 16mm finished cork balls that we sell are again out of stock. This is becoming a real problem now.

Last year, the older man in Portugal who made all of the the cork balls for Siesta cork, and consequently UK carp angling, died from Covid. We were without 12mm cork balls for a period of time. They (Siesta) assured us that the problem was resolved, and that a new supplier had been sourced. Between us and the Tackle Box we could not source high quality CB's ourselves... It would seem that this gentleman who died, was THE cork ball producer.

They currently cannot source any 12mm cork balls. Any cork suppliers that I have contacted in Portugal over the past week (having a Brazilian missus and speaking Portuguese helps) who advertise that they retail cork balls, have mainly not even replied, those who have, are all out of any stock. I can see a point very soon, where we stop selling cork balls altogether. They are simply becoming too hard to obtain in great quantities, and also far too expensive when we can source them. We currently have 30,000 on back order from Siesta, but absolutely no idea when or if they will ever arrive.

10mm cork balls are no problem currently, so we can still supply 12mm finished cork balls. Who knows how long that will last though.

All customers up until the last few days who have any 16mm cork balls on an outstanding order with us have been contacted, we will be contacting newer orders over the next few days. All customers have been offered the crushed cork equivalents, or a refund. So far every single customer has requested the CC versions. We do not even sell that many cork balls anymore in reality, CC's outsell them at least 5 or 6-1 for us. They are a vastly superior pop up. If this situation does not get resolved soon, we will be removing all cork balls from our website and no longer selling them.

Siesta cork & tiles cannot even say when they will have anymore currently. This will filter through to the shops soon, who's manufacturers all use Siesta too. ESP, TA, Gardner etc, etc. 12mm cork balls have become very hard to obtain. If you make your own cork balls at home, stock up... Because very soon, you will not be able to purchase any I would imagine.

We have knocked up loads of red S3 crushed corks, in both 13mm & 16mm to cover all red S3 cork ball orders.
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   Old Thread  #1153 26 Jun 2022 at 4.47pm  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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thats some CV of captures you have mate
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   Old Thread  #1152 26 Jun 2022 at 4.36pm  5Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
How mad is this. The Wingham biggun Black Spot that Gary Watton caught two weeks agoÖ He caught it again last nightÖ Again on a GPB1 balanced. This is about the 12th or 13th time this normally 60+ mirror has been caught on our hook baits.





If that was not mad enough, the Kent syndicate that Ricci has just started fishing recently, heís had two of the biggest fish twice in past three weeks. He has had that Strawberry fish again on a GPB2 balanced again. They donít just catch them once, they catch them twice rapidly 😂



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   Old Thread  #1151 26 Jun 2022 at 1.08pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thank you Toddy for the kind words.
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   Old Thread  #1150 26 Jun 2022 at 1.06pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Wow, thank you for the kind words Glen. That's a very nice of you to say that.
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   Old Thread  #1149 26 Jun 2022 at 1.04pm  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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No Joss never, I've meshed loads but never had the need for shrink tube yet.
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   Old Thread  #1148 25 Jun 2022 at 7.36pm  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Iíve fished with Mark a few times, heís a terrific angler. Very forward thinking, outside the box. Also stuck me in the better swim on the Thames - we had nine fish in three nights (he still managed four of them despite being in second choice) six went 20+, and a 29 each. Whether folk agree with him or not, thereís absolutely zero arguing with results. 👍
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   Old Thread  #1147 25 Jun 2022 at 9.32am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Read post no1123.
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   Old Thread  #1146 25 Jun 2022 at 5.15am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Any update on the cheese?
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   Old Thread  #1143 24 Jun 2022 at 3.21pm  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Did you mean "extrolling"

Time for a clean up
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   Old Thread  #1142 24 Jun 2022 at 2.07pm  3Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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no one asked
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   Old Thread  #1140 24 Jun 2022 at 11.00am  4Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I've said before the catch pictures in this thread speak for themselves. Not so obvious from the pictures but many of these stunners are from hard waters fished by some very good anglers and these guys have total confidence in Marks hook baits which speaks volumes for the bait. What sets Mark apart from some of the very knowledgeable bait gurus is that he is also a very good angler with the ability to assess his work himself and tweek it until he is happy to release it for the customer.
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   Old Thread  #1139 24 Jun 2022 at 6.33am  8Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If you had your own bait company bait thread, it would be fine instead of posting on other firms threads

Have a word with Karlos, im sure he'd be happy for you to sponsor a thread
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   Old Thread  #1138 24 Jun 2022 at 0.11am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Iíve got a huge level of experience with that ingredient and gave an ambiguous example of amounts for a feed bait that might compliment the hookbaits ( if customers are so minded to do so ). But then again you seem to not like contributory posts on this forum anymore Joss.

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   Old Thread  #1137 23 Jun 2022 at 10.22pm  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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then turned it into a freebie oh so wonderful formula, of which TC isnt about.
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