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Jimmers532
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   Old Thread  #1042 15 Nov 2023 at 10.05pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #1037
Just ordered some tutti to go along with the squids, should be my winter hookbaits sorted there 🎣👍
Baitfingers
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   Old Thread  #1041 1 Nov 2023 at 7.41pm  1  Login    Register
In reply to Post #1039
Used last winter, about to switch back from Herb to Nutriplex again for the winter this year too.
It's done me very well, 100% confidence in it.
JackWhitstable
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JackWhitstable
   Old Thread  #1040 1 Nov 2023 at 5.40pm    Login    Register
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From what I've read it sounds a quality bait for now
redduke
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redduke
   Old Thread  #1039 1 Nov 2023 at 2.50pm    Login    Register
Anyone using Nutriplex? Used over last winter etc?
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #1038 28 Oct 2023 at 7.16pm  1  Login    Register
In reply to Post #1037
Guaranteed carp catchers those bad boys
Jimmers532
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   Old Thread  #1037 28 Oct 2023 at 1.21pm    Login    Register
Just took delivery of some 12mm squids, they look and smell superb. Canít wait to give them a try 🎣 will definitely be ordering some more soon.
MiniWelsh
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MiniWelsh
   Old Thread  #1036 25 Oct 2023 at 10.27am    Login    Register
In reply to Post #1035
Hopefully I will add to that list over the next few days. Done well on the hookbaits this year, but tomorrow night will be the 1st time with the herb, so fingers crossed. Will send you pics if I'm fortunate enough to catch
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #1035 25 Oct 2023 at 8.16am    Login    Register
In reply to Post #1034
Yep I have never known a boilie turn peoples results around quite like the herb.
I wish I could share all of the images and emails from people who use it but you all get to see plenty of bigguns on our media. God knows how many U.K. 40s I have to post at the moment!
CarpMadGaz
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CarpMadGaz
   Old Thread  #1034 24 Oct 2023 at 11.10pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #937
The herb just seems to pick out big carp looking at your FB and instagram.i can't wait to get fishing with it even know we are going into winter soon hopefully catch a few chunks next few weeks 👍
colors
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colors
   Old Thread  #1033 20 Oct 2023 at 9.51pm  1  Login    Register
In reply to Post #1030
Nutriplex as the main bait in the winter but I'll mix in some herb to keep it going in all year round then when it warms up Herb as the main bait but continue to use nutriplex. Im guessi g herb and tricknut by the looks of things are more popular than the plex but believe me I've seen it take some water apart it's a top top bait
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #1032 16 Oct 2023 at 7.44pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #1030
Thatís a hard call isnít it
Herb is totally dominant in summer and everyone thinks that nut baits are better in the winter but I donít believe that.
Nuts, oils, fats etc are better in summer
But Tricknut is a mixed bag like all of our baits, and contain birdfoods, milks, yeasts, soy etc to aid there digestible elements.
I think they all work well in cold if you use them in moderation!
Piling lots of protein rich boilies in during January donít really work for me!
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #1031 16 Oct 2023 at 7.39pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #1028
I have one pop up, made with basemix, that Iíd take anywhere. Itís the Nutriplex matching 12mm pop up.
I then coat it in extra minamino (itís rolled into the pop up mix) and I leave them to soak for a week. Those little 12mm boring looking dull pop ups have caught me many big carp when bright hi viz fails.
But my lads rate the squids (fishmeal)
Or the deep c with real tuna fish inside (Iím doing well on these)

I change from lake to lake once I work out wether bright is best or match the hatch.
I do find it hard not to cast out sting yellow 12mm as they always seem to produce for me from late autumn through to late spring.
ron83
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ron83
   Old Thread  #1030 16 Oct 2023 at 6.43pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #1029
Is everyone planning on staying on her for the winter or switch to the nut?
vossy1
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vossy1
   Old Thread  #1029 16 Oct 2023 at 4.26pm    Login    Register
Looking at the nut and herb with great interest. For a very long time I've used a Banoffee and a seafood. For the 1st time I'm thinking if moving from a seafood (DNA S7) to the Herb. Just wish I could get some of the original Sectet Agent as a dip. The nut..hmm..think I may have to take the plunge even though not my pref flavour. I've rolled my own on a old CC Moore nut base, like this one its coarse and can be awkward to roll at home, yes I could have ground some if the ingredients finer I suppose. Wondering if my days of home rolling are over and tbh there are a lot of good baits about now.

Will be keeping a eye on this thread.

Edit, think I got confused with the Nutriplex, not moving from a fishmeal then...I'm blaming the codeine
mark1009
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   Old Thread  #1028 16 Oct 2023 at 2.04pm  1  Login    Register
In reply to Post #1026
If i want a hookbait to use in December which one would you suggest? The water I'm fishing responds best to fishmeal based baits..Tia.
mrjcarter
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mrjcarter
   Old Thread  #1027 16 Oct 2023 at 12.20pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #1026
Another new one 😱
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #1026 15 Oct 2023 at 1.19pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #1025
They will work fine buddy!
Real pepperami is only one ingredient of many and we all used to use pepperami in the colder months to good effect
They are proving really popular already and Iíll be sending them out from midweek onwards.
A tad excited about these and the other new one 😉
ron83
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ron83
   Old Thread  #1025 15 Oct 2023 at 10.24am    Login    Register
In reply to Post #1024
How do you think the p-rami wil fair in the colder months? I know next to nothing about bait but with real salami in it, wondered if the hard days would stay harder and leak out less when it's cold?
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #1024 15 Oct 2023 at 8.58am    Login    Register
In reply to Post #1023
The most popular would be what you suggested
Sting pink, squids, deep c white.
Sometimes you have to be brave and try something far out like a p rami 😉😉
Jimmers532
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   Old Thread  #1023 15 Oct 2023 at 8.19am    Login    Register
Going to order some hookbaits, I want a pale pink and a white, which 2 am I going for lads ? Thinking sting in pink and deep c in white but I canít make my mind up the pink squids look the nuts too as do the Eton mess 😂
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #1022 11 Oct 2023 at 7.08pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #1021
Hoping to get them listed and on the site this weekend!
Was supposed to get it done on Monday but itís been full on again
ron83
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ron83
   Old Thread  #1021 8 Oct 2023 at 7.50am    Login    Register
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When will the p-rami be on the website?
braders1978
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braders1978
   Old Thread  #1020 1 Oct 2023 at 7.22pm  1  Login    Register
In reply to Post #1017
Sting hookbait or Herb wafter over the top is deadly
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #1019 1 Oct 2023 at 4.45pm  1  Login    Register
In reply to Post #1017
Iím sure you will catch a few buddy!
Busted
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   Old Thread  #1018 1 Oct 2023 at 4.33pm  2  Login    Register
In reply to Post #1017
It's an unbelievable boilie! Even compared to atlantic heat
MiniWelsh
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MiniWelsh
   Old Thread  #1017 1 Oct 2023 at 2.26pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #1016
Taken the plunge and ordered some herb boilies. I have been doing very well on various Handcraft hookbaits over Atlantic Heat but as the new almond wafters were calling to me and as I needed to top the freezer up it made sense to combine in one order. I have no doubt they will be a hit
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #1016 23 Sept 2023 at 5.04pm  2  Login    Register
In reply to Post #1015
Iíll be working on many new things in the future I promise
Right now itís boring stuff like finishing the factory and speeding up the processes.
We are working on new hookbaits, boilies, and god knows what else but also working hard on the fishery.
Not enough hours in the day
ButÖÖ..the fish being caught by you guys and other anglers is just mental
The big fully made itís second visit to the bank and this time it was good old cabbie, 59.8 on the super squid over the test bait
braders1978
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braders1978
   Old Thread  #1015 23 Sept 2023 at 9.23am  1  Login    Register
In reply to Post #1010
Will you be doing stick mix anytime soon Gav
Whoville
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Whoville
   Old Thread  #1013 22 Sept 2023 at 10.40pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #1012
The Sting pop ups in yellow. Smashing my water up.
braders1978
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braders1978
   Old Thread  #1012 22 Sept 2023 at 8.44pm    Login    Register
Sting dark wafter over the top of Herb and Tricknut strikes again for me.I absolutely love the Sting it just seems to produce the goods again and again
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #1011 21 Sept 2023 at 3.56pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #1009
You are welcome buddy
Hope it brings you some good success!
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #1010 21 Sept 2023 at 3.56pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #1008
Slightly elevated levels but only to allow for the fact they are dried out more.
JackWhitstable
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JackWhitstable
   Old Thread  #1009 20 Sept 2023 at 9.13pm    Login    Register
Getting back into carp fishing this year after 25 years out, been surface in the main this year until now.

Been looking for a boilie, so ordered Tricknut, a mixed order of freezer & shelf life, and different sizes for both. And Tricknut pellets.

Broke a few boilies open and they look absolute quality.

That smell is just incredible too.

And the postage/packing was super pro and quick.

Cheers guys.
MrFrosty
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   Old Thread  #1008 20 Sept 2023 at 8.59pm    Login    Register
Are the herb hard hookers boosted, or just standard levels made a bit harder?
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #1007 17 Sept 2023 at 2.46pm  1  Login    Register
In reply to Post #1006
The first of many
carpbandit84
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carpbandit84
   Old Thread  #1006 17 Sept 2023 at 9.03am  3  Login    Register
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Well what can I say.
First night using the squid wafter as a topper with an essential B5 and I catch one of my target fish 30lb 2oz common, only my 2nd 30 from here in 2 1/2 years ..happy days, knew they looked good 😀
carpbandit84
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carpbandit84
   Old Thread  #1005 14 Sept 2023 at 9.54pm    Login    Register
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Thanks for the warm welcome mate, it sounds like its onwards and upwards for the company, well done 👏
Looking forward to trying the baits out, maybe even this weekend if the postage has a fair wind
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #1004 14 Sept 2023 at 8.53pm  1  Login    Register
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Welcome back buddy
Itís been a busy few years 😂
The Herb is certainly popular. The name comes from a few herbs and spices and a little bit of a private joke with the handcraft lads way back in the beginning. I remember one lad saying that the name ďthe herbĒ wouldnít catch on, but we look back and chuckle now.
All of that aside. If you saw it being made and saw what goes into it then you will understand why it will catch a few. But even I am surprised as to how popular and effective it has become.
The hookbait sales are very good, they have gone far and wide! The squidÖÖit just catches so many big carp!!
Keep your eyes peeled for the new one due out soon. And the one after that if we can nail it!!
New squid baitÖÖ..going to need to change it I think as one main element is maybe not going to be available to us.
Lots going on but just keep an eye on our catch reportsÖÖÖ.the one thing you canít lie about 😉
carpbandit84
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carpbandit84
   Old Thread  #1003 14 Sept 2023 at 7.55pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #1001
That's great news, I read the details on the squid hookbaits and just thought that's a bit of me and had to order some. The herb does look gd. I'm curious though, why the name The Herb? Feels a little misleading, I was thinking it was going to be a hemp based bait with maybe something alternative like pea protein herbs and spices I see fenugreek but I wasn't expecting an out and out fishmeal
maplecream
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   Old Thread  #1002 14 Sept 2023 at 5.06pm    Login    Register
Great service as usual, order arrived within 2 days.
The herb is a v special bait, without doubt the best bait I've used, since I stopped making my own years back.
MrFrosty
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   Old Thread  #1001 14 Sept 2023 at 1.37pm  1  Login    Register
Gave a mate my tub of pink squid pop ups and my herb hard hookbaits for a france trip he went on last month. Heís catching so many on them he doesnít want to give them back
carpbandit84
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carpbandit84
   Old Thread  #1000 13 Sept 2023 at 11.59pm    Login    Register
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I've not been on the forums properly for a while, not sure how I missed this company. Just placed an order to try some pink squid popups and wafters and herb wafters, plus asked for some samples, looks really good quality bait and I know the guys know there some, been following gav and keeperboy since early blakes days. I'm particularly interested in the original koi rearer in the squid and the new squid bait, but it all looks great, the herb and Nutriplex🙂
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #999 8 Sept 2023 at 7.47am  1  Login    Register
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Nice bloke is Martin.
Iím sure we will be seeing more of him soon and that fully is something special!
Frenzy
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Frenzy
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   Old Thread  #998 8 Sept 2023 at 7.22am    Login    Register
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Thats a stunning fish
midlandman
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midlandman
   Old Thread  #997 7 Sept 2023 at 11.58pm    Login    Register
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Big respect for Martin. Heís been catching them for decades now.
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #996 5 Sept 2023 at 8.38pm  5  Login    Register
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Martin Clarke bagged his second 60lb plus UK carp in 12 nights which we think is probably a first. Also caught on The Herb.

Fair play to Martin, what a year he is having.
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #995 5 Sept 2023 at 8.35pm  3  Login    Register
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Just back from a mega trip to Sumbar, myself and nine Handcraft lads caught over 450 carp including:
1x 70lb
9x 60lb
20x 50lb
90x 40lb
170x 30lb

We went through 600kg of The Herb.
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #994 3 Sept 2023 at 5.18pm  2  Login    Register
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Hi lads.
Glad things are going well for you all.
I have just returned from Croatia and the fishing was incredible!
Many of our lads took the new sting pink, squids, deep c and herb boilies.
I have no idea how many carp we caught but it was hundreds!
You know itís prolific when you return 40s and even 50s without photos.
As a group they are all loving the sting pinks and I had a feeling they would be popular!
The new hookbaits are coming along and we will be making more test batches this week hopefully.
Apologies for the lack of content on here but Iíll catch up in winter 🌧️😂😂
pearbo
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pearbo
   Old Thread  #993 3 Sept 2023 at 3.35pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #990
Only take Saturday between about 7 anglers on my side of the lake, pink sting pop up
braders1978
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braders1978
   Old Thread  #992 2 Sept 2023 at 1.57pm    Login    Register
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It was a very weird fight and didn't have a clue what it was,I was really shocked when it hit the surface
MiniWelsh
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MiniWelsh
   Old Thread  #991 2 Sept 2023 at 12.15pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #990
My pb pike was also caught on a yellow sting wafter
braders1978
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braders1978
   Old Thread  #990 2 Sept 2023 at 12.03pm    Login    Register
Is there anything Sting doesn't catch,had a lovely 23lb mirror this morning but now the pike are loving a 15mm yellow sting wafter
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #989 21 Aug 2023 at 2.34pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #987
Not sure if it will be this year.
We have just been far too busy to launch anything else.
We are very happy with the most up to date version of the squid bait. Itís a nice dark chocolate brown colour, and smells nice. Just waiting to see whatís happening to the squid hydro that goes in it as itís about to change
braders1978
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braders1978
   Old Thread  #988 20 Aug 2023 at 9.45pm    Login    Register
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When's this big announcement coming Gav
lilharbs
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lilharbs
   Old Thread  #987 20 Aug 2023 at 9.40pm    Login    Register
When is the new squid bait out Gav?
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #986 11 Aug 2023 at 8.43am  1  Login    Register
In reply to Post #985
This week has been particularly crazy!
I keep telling myself that it will soon be winter and I can sit around drinking tea in the office 😂
newcarper78
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newcarper78
   Old Thread  #985 10 Aug 2023 at 9.23pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #984
You haven't got any spare minutes. You used them all up rolling boilies
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #984 10 Aug 2023 at 9.19pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #983
Iíll measure one when I get a minute 😂
newcarper78
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newcarper78
   Old Thread  #983 10 Aug 2023 at 8.41pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #982
Personally i think the 15mm comes out slightly larger than some 15mm i have used in the past.
dannyuk32
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dannyuk32
   Old Thread  #982 10 Aug 2023 at 1.33pm    Login    Register
Guys,
Thinking of ordering some Tricknut, Boilies, Wafters, Pop Ups.
Just not sure on the mm size, wether to get 15s or 20s.
Usually I use 16 and 18 mm.
Compared to most Boilies out there right now, would you say these are on the small or large size?
If it helps I'm using Sticky Krill and Manilla in 16mm.
I got the sample pack and they were 12 millers lol.
mrjcarter
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mrjcarter
   Old Thread  #981 3 Aug 2023 at 5.40pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #977
New boilie 😁😁 and I'm all out.. good timing
newcarper78
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newcarper78
   Old Thread  #980 2 Aug 2023 at 11.02pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #977
ooh new boilie. I will definately try some of that.
braders1978
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braders1978
   Old Thread  #979 2 Aug 2023 at 10.35pm    Login    Register
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If its the new boilie and available in shelflife put me down for 10kg infact if it's freezer only I will still have 10kg and claim my bait freezer back
Mattsaunders
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Mattsaunders
   Old Thread  #978 2 Aug 2023 at 10.28pm    Login    Register
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Can't wait to try the new squid bait on my syndicate they love the Herb and Tricknut as you know Gav. 👍🏽🎣
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #977 2 Aug 2023 at 9.30pm  1  Login    Register
In reply to Post #976
The new boilie yes
New hookbaits no 😉
newcarper78
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newcarper78
   Old Thread  #976 2 Aug 2023 at 9.17pm    Login    Register
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Oooh intriguing. Is it squid related?
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #975 2 Aug 2023 at 8.34pm  1  Login    Register
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Evening all, great news muz, you were lucky this week as we have started running a tad behind. The boilie sales have been crazy and Iím back to working long shifts with the lads to keep up.
Hookbaits we are on the ball with and these just keep piling out of the door like they always do!
Good luck with them and keep an eye out for some new stuff from us in the next few weeks
Gav
Muz
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   Old Thread  #974 2 Aug 2023 at 9.19am    Login    Register
Just thought Iíd post a thumbs up for handcraft,I placed an order with them yesterday midday, arrived 9am this morning.
Very helpfull e mails replied to straight away.
Hopefully one or two of the big ones will like it.





MiniWelsh
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MiniWelsh
   Old Thread  #973 24 Jul 2023 at 6.29pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #971
My top up order will be in either tonight or tomorrow. More Eton Mess and some squids, pink is doing the business for me
Muz
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   Old Thread  #972 24 Jul 2023 at 5.47pm    Login    Register
What are the delivery times on orders please ?

keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #971 24 Jul 2023 at 5.32pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #970
They certainly wonít fail you in the buoyancy department!!
God knows how many went out of the door today and tomorrow looks another busy one!
The squids are really producing well for many of the Colne valley boys and the sting is certainly very consistent at the moment!
Also quite a few captures on the pink Eton mess which seems to be having a revival
lilharbs
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lilharbs
   Old Thread  #970 24 Jul 2023 at 4.14pm    Login    Register
They stay up for days, no problem at all.
lilharbs
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lilharbs
   Old Thread  #969 24 Jul 2023 at 4.14pm    Login    Register
They stay up for days, no problem at all.
Muz
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   Old Thread  #968 24 Jul 2023 at 2.07pm    Login    Register
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I wouldnít no Iíve not used them thatís why I asked the question.
Which youíve answered 👍🏻
Glenn_B
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Glenn_B
   Old Thread  #967 24 Jul 2023 at 12.08pm    Login    Register
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If you need to plug a Handcraft pop up then you are using an anchor for a hook😂
braders1978
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braders1978
   Old Thread  #966 24 Jul 2023 at 10.48am    Login    Register
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The 12's hold up a ronnie for well over 48hrs so a 15 will hold a hinge for days I would imagine.You will need a lot of putty to hold it down though
MiniWelsh
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MiniWelsh
   Old Thread  #965 24 Jul 2023 at 7.26am    Login    Register
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I use the 12s and they hold up a size 4 for more than enough time for my needs (dont leave out for more than 24 hours), no need to plug
Muz
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   Old Thread  #964 23 Jul 2023 at 11.40pm    Login    Register
Just had a look at the handcraft website,I just wondered if anyone could tell me are the 15mm pop ups buoyant enough to hold up hinges for a good period of time ?or are people plugging them?
Thanks
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #963 23 Jul 2023 at 10.28pm    Login    Register
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Top angling buddy.
Glad to see them all still working! There has been a huge surge in catch reports again this week. Some better weather coming too
MiniWelsh
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MiniWelsh
   Old Thread  #962 23 Jul 2023 at 8.09am    Login    Register
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Having a decent start on my new syndicate, 3 nights 5 runs 4 of which coming to the Eton Mess and the other to Banoffee. As always these baits seem to catch from the off
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #961 22 Jun 2023 at 6.53pm    Login    Register
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Primers
Pva friendly to a point!
You can put it over crumb and inside solid bags, they are made out of nothing but hydro liquids but when you buy 1000 litres of hydro liquids in IBC containers it isnít uncommon to see water separated on top of them.
Most of our lads inject these into crumb and pellets for pva bag work
pearbo
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pearbo
   Old Thread  #960 22 Jun 2023 at 2.55pm    Login    Register
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Are the primers pva friendly? And if I were to fish a lake that had a house bait such as cell that Iím going to be forced to use is there any benefit to dumping a primer bottle over the top of them?
braders1978
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braders1978
   Old Thread  #959 20 Jun 2023 at 5.44pm  2  Login    Register
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I'm hoping it causes me a few too,when my alarms start screaming
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #958 19 Jun 2023 at 9.00pm    Login    Register
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That one is causing me a few sleepless nights 😂
braders1978
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braders1978
   Old Thread  #957 19 Jun 2023 at 8.41pm  1  Login    Register
In reply to Post #956
We are all waiting on this Squid bait now
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #956 19 Jun 2023 at 8.36pm    Login    Register
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I have said many times that I personally catch bigger fish on fishmeals and probably always will, thatís why I put some in Tricknut!
I have to say though that I looked around for a proper nut boilie before I made Tricknut and there were very few options that I could see actually contained big chunks of nut or in fact any nuts at all!!
It tastes nice to me too 😂
braders1978
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braders1978
   Old Thread  #955 19 Jun 2023 at 4.26pm  1  Login    Register
In reply to Post #954
I didn't say small fish,I said Herb catches the bigger better stamp of fish
pearbo
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pearbo
   Old Thread  #954 19 Jun 2023 at 3.35pm  2  Login    Register
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Iím not going to stand here and blame the bait for catching small fish, I just canít do it 😂
braders1978
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   Old Thread  #953 19 Jun 2023 at 2.16pm  2  Login    Register
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I fish Herb and Tricknut together,Herb catches the bigger fish but Tricknut seems to catch more.I have definitely had the better stamp of fish on the Herb
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #952 19 Jun 2023 at 12.18pm    Login    Register
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Tricknut is lush, proper nut bait that one
You will be surprised who uses it and where it goes! Just overshadowed by the blooming herb! I am shipping a lot of Tricknut out of the door today, prime time for nut baits!
pearbo
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   Old Thread  #951 19 Jun 2023 at 7.33am    Login    Register
Does no one use tricknut? I caught a few using the herb but since fishing the little yellow sting pop ups over tricknut Iím sure Iíve had more.
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #950 18 Jun 2023 at 3.45pm  1  Login    Register
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Another top result Matt!!
Mattsaunders
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Mattsaunders
   Old Thread  #949 18 Jun 2023 at 1.02pm  1  Login    Register
Just got back fro my syndicate using the Herb and primer. Had 6 fish 5 20s and a 36.2 amazing bait. Used it along with hemp tigers and corn. My pal 2 pegs away blanked 🤫
braders1978
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   Old Thread  #948 16 Jun 2023 at 5.43pm  1  Login    Register
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Order a sample pack on the website,add a note you would like some of the new squid bait
Whoville
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   Old Thread  #947 16 Jun 2023 at 11.20am    Login    Register
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Ha i already poured my heart to you on instagram
Gregc1980
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   Old Thread  #946 16 Jun 2023 at 7.26am    Login    Register
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Any samples of the new hook baits mate 👍 going to switch over to the herb very soon when I finished with the last 10kg of s7
Mattsaunders
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Mattsaunders
   Old Thread  #945 15 Jun 2023 at 9.56pm  1  Login    Register
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Gavin you Tease! 😂😂
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #944 15 Jun 2023 at 9.01pm  4  Login    Register
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We have been working on some new hookbaits this year, I donít think itís been done before and it will be a completely new train of thought but I can see them being a little bit different to anything we have seen before. The deep c with real tuna fish inside them has opened up a new world of possibilities.
Itís all a bit hush hush for now but we have been busy behind the scenes!
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #943 15 Jun 2023 at 8.55pm    Login    Register
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Herb certainly seems popular and that is a sign of a good product. We havenít found a venue where it hasnít worked yet (Iím sure someone has somewhere).
I havenít been able to pre bait a venue for over a decade now and it does not worry me at all, as I just go in with what I know works.
Itís full of nice things and salts and minerals and high in fishmeal. And I have none in stock again 😂
newcarper78
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   Old Thread  #942 14 Jun 2023 at 11.13pm    Login    Register
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They do a pack of samples you can order for the price of delivery. They send you the boilies in the range and some random pop ups.

For the cost of a pint, get the the samples and try em. You wont go wrong, you really wont.
mattycarphunter
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   Old Thread  #941 14 Jun 2023 at 4.42pm  1  Login    Register
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get on Herb. I fish a local water that's similar, sees a lot of Krill, Hydra K and Cell, first trip down there I had 8 fish on herb, in the previous 48 hours there had been 3 fish out on the whole lake. Definitely works from the off.

Tip - empty the baits into a container, pour boiling water over them (12 hours before your trip) the end result will be mega soft baits to use as freebies, wafter over the top job's a good un

Matt
Whoville
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Whoville
   Old Thread  #940 14 Jun 2023 at 9.17am    Login    Register
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Iím not asking to be convinced. But Iím tempted to switch to this from Sticky

Iím fishing a water where it sees so much pre baiting and natural food that I want something with good nutrition that works from the off

Anyone in this thread had a similar predicament
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #939 27 May 2023 at 7.12am  1  Login    Register
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He deserved that one didnít he, heís been very close on at least two occasions and we talked that one into the net last week. He came out late in the draw (just like I did), he ended up the same swim as I did the year before, and fished very similar ground.
He was proper chuffed to finally get his hands on it and who wouldnít be! A mint 64lb U.K. fish wonít happen many times in your life. And how big can it go??
scaley&dark
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   Old Thread  #938 26 May 2023 at 11.16pm    Login    Register
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Congratulations on the capture Martin

keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #937 26 May 2023 at 9.21pm    Login    Register
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This small but very beautiful carp took a sting pop up. We have sold out of sting pop ups and squid pop ups nearly every week since March.
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #936 26 May 2023 at 9.18pm    Login    Register
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A recent mega upper 30lb caught by Liam half a wrap style.
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   Old Thread  #935 26 May 2023 at 9.16pm    Login    Register
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Two typical fish from our new fishery - Tuckey Farm from a recent test fish. They were caught over the Herb and Royal Supreme Pellets.
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #934 26 May 2023 at 9.13pm    Login    Register
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My good mate Nick has battered Wasing in the last year and this is one of many crackers that he has caught on the Super Squids recently.
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #933 26 May 2023 at 9.11pm  4  Login    Register


Well known angler, Martin Clarke is on the Herb and he got the fish of his dreams. A UK 64 lb common. Well done Mr. Clarke.
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #932 26 May 2023 at 9.03pm  1  Login    Register
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Evening all
Finally got a full day off and some time to think now that the carp are spawning.
There has been some mega carp caught in the last month and Iíll try and post a pic once I have caught up on some PMs
Even I caught some carp!
Pics to follow
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #931 9 May 2023 at 7.09pm    Login    Register
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Glad you liked them mate and have done so well on them!!
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #930 9 May 2023 at 7.08pm    Login    Register
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Yes buddy you can order samples on the site and just pay the postage and in the delivery notes section you can ask for something specific in there (shelf life, freezer, certain pop up samples etc)
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #929 9 May 2023 at 7.06pm    Login    Register
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Should be with you by Thursday if I see it on our system tomorrow!
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #928 9 May 2023 at 7.04pm    Login    Register
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Hi mate, itís been a long way down the priority order at the moment so it wonít be soon. I have been juggling handcraft and the new fishery and itís all been a little bit crazy
ButÖÖ..I am still tinkering with a few little bits for the new one and Iím running something around in my head to make it a tad different. More on that later but I just need a few weeks to catch up on everything. We have very little bait in stock yet again this week but we are catching up on hookbaits slowly! Apologies again for not being on here too much recently but I just forget about it all at times!!
That new test bait could be a big thing for handcraft but I just need a bit more time to get it perfect.
If you churn out any old **** it will always backfire!
Iíd like to share some of the special fish being caught right now but I literally do not have the time. All can be seen on our own media if you want to have a look!
Herb and sting is doing its thing 😉😉
braders1978
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   Old Thread  #927 9 May 2023 at 6.28pm    Login    Register
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Any news on when the new squid bait will be available
Busted
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   Old Thread  #926 9 May 2023 at 6.22pm    Login    Register
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If it helps, i used the freezer herb and ordered 30 kilo of shelf life for a match in France. I won the match by over 200lb and now only use the shelf life version. Not too soft and the fish love it as much as the freezer bait
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   Old Thread  #925 9 May 2023 at 5.26pm    Login    Register
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Good thing about the shelfies is you can order in 1kg bags Iíve just seen. Give you a good chance to test and look at the bait without committing to a larger amount. Iíve just done the same with the nut bait with my last order.
Riggy
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   Old Thread  #924 9 May 2023 at 7.19am    Login    Register
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You can order samples via the website, you just pay for P+P.

https://handcraftbaits.co.uk/product/sample-boilies/


Michael
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   Old Thread  #923 8 May 2023 at 10.19pm    Login    Register
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Hi mate, any samples available for the shelflife herb ? Iím struggling for freezer space so need to switch to shelflife and your baits look great, havenít read a bad word !
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #922 2 May 2023 at 9.35pm  2  Login    Register
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Ah the sting!
Last week myself and some very good anglers headed off to France to a new gravel pit I have been watching.
It was cold, wet and moody.
The fish didnít seem keen to feed and at one point we discussed leaving early as we all have lots to do at home and children that we miss etc.
On the Tuesday one lad had a bite on a single sting 12mm pop up and that was the turning point.
By moving, getting on them repeatedly and fishing single sting 12mm pop ups everyone caught and we ended up on 58 carp to 61lb.
Never in all my years have I seen a trip turned around by such a change!
I still do not know if it was the hookbaits, the fact we fished them as singles, if they get fed yellow maize or what! I just know that all 8 of us got on them and the bites came!
Ended up being a really good trip to baleine and I left my last 12 pop ups with the owner!!
France was really behind this year but Iím told the lads are smashing them all over France on bait this week.
Sold out of sting, herb and tricknut again this weekÖÖ.even with late nights, night shifts, we just canít keep up anymore!
MiniWelsh
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   Old Thread  #921 30 Apr 2023 at 9.51pm    Login    Register
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My mates just had a 47lber on a sting pop up in France. His 1st French fish and ended a long blanking run for him, so to say he is over the moon with the fish and bait is an understatement
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #920 24 Apr 2023 at 5.25pm  1  Login    Register
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Glad you liked it Mate
Catch reports are different league this year 😉
You will catch more for sure
newcarper78
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   Old Thread  #919 24 Apr 2023 at 4.55pm  2  Login    Register
BUY HERB!

This bait and all products at Handcraft are god tier, buy more!

Second session on a new syndicate, 30lb8oz on a Squid large dumbell over herb.

Advert ends
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #918 17 Apr 2023 at 10.50am  1  Login    Register
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Afternoon all!

Today I received some Simply awesome catch reports!
A uk 60lb common
A U.K. 57.12 special common!
A french 71

A U.K. 50 mirror
Several 40s
God knows how many 30s and thatís all Friday to Sunday!!
Spring is defo here and the orders are knee deep!
Iím off for a few days and I couldnít have picked a worse week to have off 😂
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #917 4 Apr 2023 at 8.40pm    Login    Register
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😂😂😂 be good and be careful with the DIY, you do not want an injury in prime time 😂😂
Clobersauraus
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   Old Thread  #916 4 Apr 2023 at 7.09pm    Login    Register
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Hi Gav,

Baits arrived today, cant wait to give them a tryÖgot a bit of DIY to do before the fun prevention officer will allow me to go fishing.

Thanks for such a prompt turn round.
mrjcarter
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   Old Thread  #915 30 Mar 2023 at 11.57pm    Login    Register
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Can't stop catching on the sting.
Insane hookbait 👌🏼💪🏻
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #914 30 Mar 2023 at 11.04pm    Login    Register
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Hello mate
We sold out again this week, we will have more middle of next week if we can keep things moving along!
Clobersauraus
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   Old Thread  #913 30 Mar 2023 at 10.33pm    Login    Register
Just placed my first order, when will the yellow sting 12mm pop ups be back in stock?

Looking forward to giving these baits a try..exceptional feedbackÖ.
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #912 28 Mar 2023 at 8.09pm  1  Login    Register
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Great news mate
You wonít go wrong with da erb!!
Sold out of all of it this week, we did that all year last year and itís already happening.
Must go faster 😂
newcarper78
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   Old Thread  #911 28 Mar 2023 at 2.30pm    Login    Register
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My local day ticket carp certainly liked the samples you sent out. I chickened out with my order and just went for Herb, i dont want to get obsessed with the Tricknut or Nutriplex then have the Squid come out lol.
MiniWelsh
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   Old Thread  #910 27 Mar 2023 at 1.21pm    Login    Register
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Just doing an inventory of what I've got and what I need and will then be getting an order on ready for France end of next month
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #909 27 Mar 2023 at 7.40am    Login    Register
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keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #908 27 Mar 2023 at 7.40am  3  Login    Register
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If you want to see a crazy amount of carp just look on the handcraft page this week. I think itís safe to safe spring has sprung.
The latest batch of the squid bait has been sent out and is already catching some carp (fair and square)
Iíll get some more sorted for those of you who wanted to try it
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #907 25 Mar 2023 at 7.16am  1  Login    Register
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That wonít be out for a fair while yet mate
Lots to do and test yet
CV-Deano
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   Old Thread  #906 24 Mar 2023 at 10.52pm    Login    Register
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Sounds just the job mate! Will definitely add to my next order. Any approx release date for the squid bait? Wondering if its worth holding off ordering to grab some.
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #905 24 Mar 2023 at 5.56pm    Login    Register
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Hello mate
That squid will stain most things black or dark grey 😂😂
My hands, the jugs, bait, pellets, you name it!
We are going through lots of the squid and the new tuna hydro which I rate massively!
CV-Deano
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   Old Thread  #904 23 Mar 2023 at 8.56pm    Login    Register
Anyone used the new squid liquid? Iím wondering how much it darkens up the herb? I like the herb but much prefer a darker bait than the red of the herb.
braders1978
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   Old Thread  #903 21 Mar 2023 at 9.37pm    Login    Register
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No problem,they smell Kraken sorry that's bad even for me
Beyonce
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   Old Thread  #902 21 Mar 2023 at 9.33pm    Login    Register
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Thanks
newcarper78
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   Old Thread  #901 21 Mar 2023 at 9.10pm    Login    Register
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That squid mix must really stink then if it's that bad when you're surrounded by so many weird and wonderful bait smells.

Certainly smells nice when it's made up. Thanks for the update
braders1978
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   Old Thread  #900 21 Mar 2023 at 8.50pm    Login    Register
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They are a dark brown
Beyonce
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   Old Thread  #899 21 Mar 2023 at 8.45pm    Login    Register
What colour do the squid baits come out Gav?
braders1978
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   Old Thread  #898 21 Mar 2023 at 8.06pm    Login    Register
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Thanks Gav
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #897 21 Mar 2023 at 8.01pm    Login    Register
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Yes mate
I am pretty confident we can do it in shelf life. I will be running a few batches off next time I get chance
braders1978
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   Old Thread  #896 21 Mar 2023 at 7.54pm    Login    Register
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Is there going to be a shelflife squid,my wife won't be happy if I empty my bait freezer she borrowed over a year ago
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #895 21 Mar 2023 at 7.36pm    Login    Register
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Evening lads.
Squid samples have been popular. We are about to make another 150kg or so of it so we can keep spreading the bait around a bit further afield.
We have a few lads taking it into Europe in the next two weeks and more using it back here.
A wafter and a pop up are in Pidges hands now with all of the squid additives and basemix being used as per normal for us.
Be nice to see a few of them cast out matching the bait.
There is a huge downsideÖÖ.the basemix stinks 😂😂 ruined my clothes, warehouse and anything it touched!
Herb was bad enough but I have grown to like it, this one is going to take some getting used too 😳
Crazy amount of carp being caught this week, 40s for fun!!
Comebackkid
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   Old Thread  #894 21 Mar 2023 at 7.03pm    Login    Register
Am I correct in thinking there is a new (Squid) bait around the corner?

braders1978
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   Old Thread  #893 21 Mar 2023 at 11.13am    Login    Register
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Yeah they do,decisions decisions
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   Old Thread  #892 21 Mar 2023 at 9.56am    Login    Register
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They just smell that damn good don't they. Difficult choice, and one i have no answers too lol. I will start on Herb and tricknut and just try to figure something out when the Squid releases. Good job we have a while to work it out as all of the baits smell good.
braders1978
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   Old Thread  #891 21 Mar 2023 at 8.54am    Login    Register
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Just took delivery of my Squid bait samples and I see what you mean.The thing is now do I drop Herb or Tricknut,I don't want three boilies but always like to have two different baits
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #890 17 Mar 2023 at 8.18pm    Login    Register
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No Iím agreeing with you mate. I have found certain waters where they catch me the majority of my fish and yet others they can be useless. I was never a fan of pink hookbaits and really struggled on them until the squid was launched!
I often wonder if certain colours are flogged to death at venues and they become ones to avoid.
Last year I fished a fairly easy runs water and the pop ups caught a lot less than the food bait dark Wafters. The reason was simply that all spring they had been battered on bright pop ups and when I fished it in the summer, the baits on the deck were far more effective!
Thatís common on busy venues
MiniWelsh
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   Old Thread  #889 17 Mar 2023 at 7.47am    Login    Register
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For me it depends on the overall circumstance. Yellow does well through winter for me but I have caught on it in the summer when used fishing over particle. The dark I tend to use as a bottom bait (the hard hooker is such a durable hookbait) and I also have the 12mm pop up I use on snowmen during the warmer months if I want something a little more subtle than my typical yellow tippers. I think it can be very water dependent though as the lakes I fish I have never had a touch on the Krill & Cal yet I know plenty of people bag up on that bait. That's the great thing about fishing, you can rarely simply copy someone else and get the same results and you need to try a few things to work it out for yourself
braders1978
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   Old Thread  #888 17 Mar 2023 at 6.41am    Login    Register
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I find the yellow is the best winter and spring,I switch to the brown in the summer/autumn.I think they get battered on most waters with bright baits in the colder months and that switch can keep the bites coming.
Pro-Blanker
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   Old Thread  #887 17 Mar 2023 at 6.27am    Login    Register
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I was not knocking it gav , not at all mate far from it . I prob came across wrong .
Hand craft is my go 2 for baits , hence after talking you yestaday morning on pm im placing another order with you next week .
I was just saying the big c and squid for me have outfished it also herb in france last year and i have done me realy well on ur other baits .
Its prob just me using the little yellow sting wrong time of year or venues more suited to the others or me putting more time on others .
Do you find much diffrence catch rates in yellow or brown ? Mite chuck some brown on my order next week
For me bic c brown over white has done better but as said iv prob using wrong colers wtong times of year
Thanks


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   Old Thread  #886 16 Mar 2023 at 9.04pm    Login    Register
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pearbo
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   Old Thread  #885 16 Mar 2023 at 9.04pm    Login    Register
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Just had a pot of the sting pop up delivered, stuck them under the mrs nose this morning, I hope the carp are keener.
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #884 16 Mar 2023 at 8.45pm    Login    Register
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Funny isnít it! For many anglers itís there go to hookbait and itís defo one of my blank savers!
My answer is always use whatever you sit behind confidently!!
Iíll have a sting out there tomorrow 😉
Pro-Blanker
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   Old Thread  #883 16 Mar 2023 at 10.43am    Login    Register
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Funny thing is i cant catch a bite on the yellow sting . Used it for a year or so and nothing.
But other 2 rods with the the squid pop up and the big c crab catch me every time and love em. . Maybe i try a brown sting next time
MiniWelsh
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   Old Thread  #882 15 Mar 2023 at 2.00pm    Login    Register
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Sting hookbaits have outfished anything else I have used for the last 18 months. Had a new pb and lake record yesterday on a sting hard hookbait
Wayne
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   Old Thread  #881 15 Mar 2023 at 6.55am    Login    Register
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Excellent, off down the lake for 2 days tomorrow so hoping to bag a few with the hookbaits and the samplesÖÖ.
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   Old Thread  #880 14 Mar 2023 at 10.02pm    Login    Register
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newcarper78
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   Old Thread  #879 14 Mar 2023 at 10.01pm    Login    Register
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You should in my opinion, the squid samples are worth the postage alone.
braders1978
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   Old Thread  #878 14 Mar 2023 at 9.20pm    Login    Register
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The customer service is always spot on too,might order some samples to smell the new squid bait.
newcarper78
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   Old Thread  #877 14 Mar 2023 at 8.35pm    Login    Register
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The herb is crazy, it has an almost addictive smell to it lol. I will get on the herb until the squid is done I think and maybe fish them together. I do fancy the sting wafters in the 15mm dark and maybe some squid or deep c hookbaits also.

Thanks for the recommendation, will definitely be placing an order.
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #876 14 Mar 2023 at 8.25pm    Login    Register
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Glad you and the lads like them mate!!
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #875 14 Mar 2023 at 8.25pm  2  Login    Register
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The squid has a long way to go yet
We will be making hookbait test batches soon
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #874 14 Mar 2023 at 8.24pm    Login    Register
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Of course you can buddy as long as we pre arrange it
braders1978
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   Old Thread  #873 14 Mar 2023 at 8.09pm    Login    Register
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I'm glad you like them,I didn't think for one second you wouldn't.The Sting fished over the Herb is an instant winner,the 12mm pop ups are so buoyant its almost unbelievable
Wayne
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Wayne
   Old Thread  #872 14 Mar 2023 at 4.19pm    Login    Register
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That Squid bait does have a nice twang to it!!

Just got to get through all this bug I have and then will be using the herb and squid when itís out!

Your so close to where I work Gav, is collecting an option?
newcarper78
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   Old Thread  #871 14 Mar 2023 at 1.49pm    Login    Register
Thanks for sending the samples through Keeperboy. You were recommended to me by Braders and he wasn't wrong, the boilies smell amazing!

Can i ask how long until the Squid is availble to buy? The Herb smells amazing but that Squid bait is out of this world. Can't wait to try that!

Thanks again.
Wayne
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Wayne
   Old Thread  #870 14 Mar 2023 at 8.36am  1  Login    Register
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Excellent and will doÖÖ.
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   Old Thread  #869 13 Mar 2023 at 7.09pm    Login    Register
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Yours went out today mate so will arrive tomorrow!!
Be interesting to hear your thoughts on the test bait?
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   Old Thread  #868 13 Mar 2023 at 7.08pm    Login    Register
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Thanks and the same to you!
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   Old Thread  #867 13 Mar 2023 at 7.10am    Login    Register
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Cheers GavÖ.. much appreciatedÖ..
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   Old Thread  #866 12 Mar 2023 at 6.32pm    Login    Register
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Good luck for the upcoming year.
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   Old Thread  #865 12 Mar 2023 at 5.33pm    Login    Register
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Hello mate just seen it come through! Iíll be on it tomorrow and Iíll put samples in for you too!

It will be a very busy week again!
Apologies to the guys on here who I havenít replied to but I am sort of keeping my head down at the moment. Myself and Pidge are full bore and our own media is relentless at times.
Jan/feb and early March have been just crazy and that means very little fishing for me (thatís when I check this forum 😂
I have been working on the fisheries, tidying the factory, buying this years ingredients and putting in the hours.

Some mega fish being caught including a nice 42 today to a really nice guy. Itís been a good winter for some anglers but the worst one ever for me as I havenít been much! Letís hope that changes 😉😉
Good times are nearly here!!
Wayne
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Wayne
   Old Thread  #864 12 Mar 2023 at 5.11pm    Login    Register
Hook baits for the year order placedÖÖ.
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #863 26 Feb 2023 at 3.05pm    Login    Register
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Donít worry mate, there will be various batches kicking about 😉
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   Old Thread  #862 26 Feb 2023 at 9.41am    Login    Register
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Thatís a shame I will need some bait for the lakes soon, was hoping to try and use the same bait for both Carp and Barbel this year.
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   Old Thread  #861 25 Feb 2023 at 5.58pm    Login    Register
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I will get a big batch made soon but Iím concentrating on making sure we have enough herb first!
Iíll spread the new one about for sure 😉
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   Old Thread  #860 25 Feb 2023 at 4.03pm    Login    Register
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I'm happy to pay for some to try on a modestly stocked lake in France at the end of April if you are looking for more testers in a range of circumstances 😁
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   Old Thread  #859 25 Feb 2023 at 3.20pm    Login    Register
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Can't wait to try it,there is a 30+ Common I'm after in a low stocked mere
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   Old Thread  #858 25 Feb 2023 at 2.16pm    Login    Register
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I am hoping that it will be this summer. It has worked in the cold which was my biggest worry and the whole reason I wanted the new bait was for my own winter fishing (selfish huh 😂
Nutriplex was awesome in the cold but the fact that is more expensive (milk content) is what holds people back.
We as a company need another boilie like the herb and Tricknut if we are to move forward so Iím working hard on this one.
I have had to strike certain deals with two big bait companies to find certain ingredients that I canít get anywhere else but that has now been sorted through my friends in the industry.
Also Iím working with some new ingredients that I havenít used before and I need to check how they perform when you feed small or high volumes and that takes time.
On paper itís incredible, but as we know, that isnít always good enough.
Itís high in protein, tastes lovely, has some very new things inside and itís working so far.
Boilie season isnít far away now!

bmthman
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   Old Thread  #857 25 Feb 2023 at 12.50pm    Login    Register
Yes I am thinking the new squid bait might be a good Barbel bait to use?
Pro-Blanker
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   Old Thread  #856 25 Feb 2023 at 10.25am    Login    Register
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Hi gav when can we expect the new squid out .
Iv got a session planned for easter would love try em .
Been big fan off your squid pop ups and deap c for years
As said to you in pms in past , think a deap c bottom feed boilies would be a evan better and a winner .
Pm if better .
Mistymere
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   Old Thread  #855 24 Feb 2023 at 9.08pm    Login    Register
Cheers for the reply gav
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #854 24 Feb 2023 at 1.04pm    Login    Register
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Hello mate, it is no secret that we at handcraft have close ties to Martin and solar seeing as Pidge rolled them for him for decades!
Yes we had kept back a healthy supply of koi rearer that is very precious to us but it was always blended with modern squid flavours that we have had produced. There are some lovely things in those pop ups and Wafters hence why they are on our catch reports nearly every day.
God knows how many go out in an average week! I am actually sick of the smell of squid and squid additives as it makes everything stink but it is no secret how effective it is mixed up with nice powders and liquids.
The new bait we have been working on since last year has taken these concepts one stage further and we already know it is going to be one hell of a fish catcher.

Mistymere
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   Old Thread  #853 24 Feb 2023 at 11.19am    Login    Register
Hi gav, is the flavour in the squid hookbaits the koi rearer? What Martin did originally in solars baits, Cheers
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   Old Thread  #852 4 Feb 2023 at 11.58am    Login    Register
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Excellent news i want the deep c and squid for my main hookbaits i France.
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #851 4 Feb 2023 at 8.25am    Login    Register
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The 20mm squid Wafters were popular
Requests for sting 20mm Wafters flooded in and deep c is right up there with the two big sellers now so I donít see why not!!
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   Old Thread  #850 3 Feb 2023 at 7.17pm    Login    Register
Any Plans on 20mm Deep C wafters??
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   Old Thread  #849 3 Feb 2023 at 6.54pm    Login    Register
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I ate a lot of the rolled bait last time i popped in. It's lovely!
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   Old Thread  #848 3 Feb 2023 at 5.48pm  1  Login    Register
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your trick nut is lovely
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   Old Thread  #847 3 Feb 2023 at 5.43pm    Login    Register
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Glad you like them
When I make Tricknut I eat far too much of the peanut chunks and the Brazils 😂😂
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #846 3 Feb 2023 at 5.42pm    Login    Register
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Samples are available from the site mate (im trying to get it so that itís simpler to see) but if you have any issues call us and leave a message if we canít answer as itís very busy already this year.

Budder
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   Old Thread  #845 3 Feb 2023 at 7.50am    Login    Register
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I recently got some samples, they're very good. The tricknut is so nutty it's hard not to eat them yourself,the herb is a lovely fishmeal, think my favourite is the nutriplex. Can't put your finger on the smell but it's got a fruity back note. All good fish catchers by the reports.
ron83
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   Old Thread  #844 3 Feb 2023 at 6.57am    Login    Register
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Could I possibly have some samples please - looking for a new bait this year
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #843 2 Feb 2023 at 9.11pm    Login    Register
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Heís a man of few words
Says it how it is
He took that hat out to the back yard and tossed it into the air and blew it to pieces! Iíll get him a new one when I get him angling again 😉
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   Old Thread  #842 2 Feb 2023 at 9.40am    Login    Register
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An extract of Pidge's hat from his Kingfisher days?
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #841 1 Feb 2023 at 7.46pm    Login    Register
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Incredible hookbait
Repels silt
Has something inside that nobody that I know has pulled off inside a pop up! Also had my U.K. pb common on it last year in tricky conditions!
Pidge certainly played his ace with the deep c!!
mark100
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   Old Thread  #840 1 Feb 2023 at 7.10pm    Login    Register
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DeepC done me proud last year 👍
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #839 31 Jan 2023 at 10.19pm    Login    Register
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Squid and deep c
Ainít no missing those smells 😂😂
Wayne
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   Old Thread  #838 31 Jan 2023 at 8.47pm    Login    Register
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Iím not nose blindÖÖ.
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   Old Thread  #837 31 Jan 2023 at 8.20pm    Login    Register
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Let me know when you send mine and Phil's samples,I will get the forklift ready for the delivery
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   Old Thread  #836 31 Jan 2023 at 7.42pm    Login    Register
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Alright Gav, hope the relocation works went well. How do I get my hands on a sample of the new squid bait, and when will you start taking orders?
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #835 31 Jan 2023 at 7.39pm    Login    Register
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TricknutÖÖI love making it and eating it!!
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   Old Thread  #834 31 Jan 2023 at 7.37pm    Login    Register
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Ah the new bait!!!
So Iím sending samples out and so far the feedback is all good (Iím sure it wonít last 😂
The smell to me is a nice one but the trouble for us is that you become nose blind. I donít ever want very strong over powering baits as I donít think they are good long term.
All of the baits including this one are low level flavours.
The new one smells come from a high level of a new hydro liquid, a mega mega squid additive and a flavour that is a bit special to us.
Its colour is all natural again too, no dye!
Letís hope the carp like it 😉
Budder
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   Old Thread  #833 31 Jan 2023 at 7.14pm    Login    Register
Received the samples today, they all smell sooo good. The new test bait could certainly be a winner,smelly but not overpowering.👍
braders1978
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   Old Thread  #832 29 Jan 2023 at 9.52pm    Login    Register
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I fish Tricknut and Herb together and both have produced for me,the new bait would have to be amazing for me to change over
Wayne
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Wayne
   Old Thread  #831 29 Jan 2023 at 8.33pm    Login    Register
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That TN is divine smellingÖÖÖcarp obviously like it tooÖÖ

As soon as I run out of my current bait Iím hoarding some of the herb as my water isnít that responsive to nut baits but they do love a fishmealÖÖ.
Budder
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Budder
   Old Thread  #830 29 Jan 2023 at 8.07pm    Login    Register
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Cheers Gav. Didn't want or mean to give you more headaches🤦🏻‍♂️😂
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #829 29 Jan 2023 at 7.51pm    Login    Register
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We will make the sample packs easier to find again as many people want them in an average week!
Busy day again tomorrow! Iíll get them all out as soon as I can
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   Old Thread  #828 29 Jan 2023 at 5.18pm    Login    Register
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The Tricknut is unbelievable,the smell makes you want to sit and eat the lot
Budder
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   Old Thread  #827 29 Jan 2023 at 12.57pm    Login    Register
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Thank you, couldn't find it on my phone. So I just googled sample packs and it popped up, order placed.👍
braders1978
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   Old Thread  #826 29 Jan 2023 at 10.39am    Login    Register
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Go onto their website and scroll down and you can click on a page to order some samples
Budder
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   Old Thread  #825 29 Jan 2023 at 8.04am    Login    Register
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Do you do sample packs of your boilie range? Would like to get some to have a play with.
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #824 28 Jan 2023 at 9.32pm    Login    Register
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Fair play to you
I know of at least one 40 caught on a tutti pop up sample 😂
Wayne
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   Old Thread  #823 27 Jan 2023 at 8.50pm    Login    Register
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I always catch more on the samples than anything elseÖÖ
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   Old Thread  #822 27 Jan 2023 at 6.40pm    Login    Register
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Thats very good of you
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #821 27 Jan 2023 at 5.57pm    Login    Register
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Iíll sort you lads out some samples to go play with 😉
braders1978
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   Old Thread  #820 27 Jan 2023 at 3.58pm    Login    Register
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He never said NO did he mate
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #819 27 Jan 2023 at 3.49pm    Login    Register
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Plenty of time
Rolling lots of sting pop ups and Wafters this week and next. The 20mm Wafters will be next
Wayne
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   Old Thread  #818 27 Jan 2023 at 1.39pm    Login    Register
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Same TonyÖÖ

Must get hookbaits sorted soon before it goes nutsÖÖ
braders1978
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   Old Thread  #817 27 Jan 2023 at 12.35pm    Login    Register
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If you want send any of the new bait mine and Phils way,we will gladly try it out for you
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   Old Thread  #816 26 Jan 2023 at 9.01pm    Login    Register
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Very good idea and yes I did think of doing that. Will see how I like the first order of freezer baits and go from there.

Like you I donít like putting un used bait back in the freezer or air drying it so thatís the attraction of shelf lifeís.

Ged
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   Old Thread  #815 26 Jan 2023 at 7.02pm    Login    Register
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Have you thought of buying a split order. Just take a small amount of freezer baits that you know you'll use and a larger amount of shelfies that can be used if the fish need more bait. Any left just stays in your bag for next time. Putting defrosted bait back in the freezer really irks me, once is ok but after that I'm not so sure.
This year I'm experimenting by vacuum sealing my freezer baits in 1kg lots. Hopefully any unopened bags can go back in the freezer without too much detriment.
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   Old Thread  #814 26 Jan 2023 at 6.51pm    Login    Register
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good luck mate

hope you have a great bait making, selling year
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   Old Thread  #813 26 Jan 2023 at 5.53pm    Login    Register
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Evening lads,
Apologies for not being on here for a bit but as usual, my life is a bit turbo!
Iíll try and answer what I can as quickly as possible?
Shelf life or fresh?
I always used to use freezer baits and I always will butÖÖ..modern shelf lifeís are very good!
Itís the same bait, but with preserve added to the shelf life, and dried for a day longer! A good bait is a good bait in either form! Some of my consultants are on the shelf lifeís now and no signs of any change in catch reports!
Crayfish and stingÖÖ.many many people say this to me but I got crayed on one last time out angling!!
ShowsÖÖ..not this year as I am still investing all my time and money on the new site and ingredients!!
It has been a very busy start for us this year and itís odd as most lakes are frozen! Iím still catching up, making basemix, playing with the new ingredients in the new bait and trying to raise a family and fish on a Friday night! Iím so excited about 2023 and the feedback from you guys is just on another level! The hookbait sales are crazy, hundreds keep piling out each week and lots of nice fish being caught (not this week though😉
If you need any help I will keep checking in here in the evenings!
wac
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   Old Thread  #812 26 Jan 2023 at 4.27pm    Login    Register
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Are you doing any of the shows this year?
braders1978
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   Old Thread  #811 26 Jan 2023 at 1.51pm    Login    Register
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I have seen Gav say that too but my catch rate has not suffered in the slightest.If I'm honest my catch rate on Handcraft shelflife is far better than when I was on freezer bait from another really well known firm
Beyonce
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   Old Thread  #810 26 Jan 2023 at 12.45pm    Login    Register
Pretty sure I have heard Gav recommend freezer vs shelf if you have the freezer space. No preservative has got to be better than with preservative no matter how low level/food safe.

It may be of interest to some that Iíve found crayfish seem to leave the Sting pop ups alone. I fished Sting next to Deep-C and the Deep C got hammered and the Sting only scratched up.

Could have been the spot, but itís happened a few times now.
braders1978
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   Old Thread  #809 26 Jan 2023 at 11.37am    Login    Register
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I would normally agree but Gavs shelflifes are that good I won't use freezer baits again.Me and my mate are on Tricknut and Herb and we have caught well on one lake we fish and others around have not had the amount of fish we have.The other lake we fish is a big mere,low stock and my mate has already had a fish on his 12th night,some lads have done 70+ nights and no fish at all.Handcraft shelflifes are superb as are the hookbaits,Sting is confidence in a tub and the customer service is amazing
MiniWelsh
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   Old Thread  #808 26 Jan 2023 at 9.42am    Login    Register
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If you can store freezer bait I would always go for that. Getting it out the day of or night before a session has never been an inconvenience for me and people that know far more than I ever will about bait keep telling fresh/freezer bait is better quality than shelf life, so I am happy to follow their advice
Comebackkid
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   Old Thread  #807 26 Jan 2023 at 9.29am    Login    Register
Thinking of switching to HC baits this year but canít decide on freezer or shelf life.

Iíve got my own bait freezer so thatís no issue but I love the idea of shelf lifeís from a simplicity angle.

Anybody care to help me make a decision.
1-Toner
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   Old Thread  #806 23 Jan 2023 at 6.51pm    Login    Register
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Any plans on bringing out super squid pop ups in white ?
braders1978
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   Old Thread  #805 23 Jan 2023 at 6.42pm    Login    Register
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That fully scaled caught by Shane Sheffield,wow what a fish
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #804 30 Dec 2022 at 9.44am    Login    Register
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Merry Xmas mate
Hope you have a good new year!!
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #803 30 Dec 2022 at 9.44am    Login    Register
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You are welcome buddy!
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   Old Thread  #802 29 Dec 2022 at 7.27pm    Login    Register
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merry xmas mate
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   Old Thread  #801 29 Dec 2022 at 11.25am    Login    Register
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Merry Christmas Gav and thanks again for the gesture for my mate before Christmas, we both really appreciated it. Can't wait to get a few more fish on your hookbaits in 2023
Budder
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   Old Thread  #800 24 Dec 2022 at 9.54pm    Login    Register
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Merry Christmas! Will be getting an order in the new year 🎣🎣🎣🐋🐟
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #799 24 Dec 2022 at 7.01pm    Login    Register
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Difficult act to follow mate!!
Merry Christmas buddy
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   Old Thread  #798 24 Dec 2022 at 3.46pm    Login    Register
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Merry Christmas Gav,can't wait to see what you have got planned for 2023.It will have to be a special boilie to get me off Herb and Tricknut though
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #797 24 Dec 2022 at 12.25pm    Login    Register
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Merry Christmas to you all on the forum!
It has been a very busy year for us and at times it has been Incredibly tough.
I just wanted to thank all of you for your custom and feedback and for all of the catch reports you guys sent in.
We have been working non stop for the last 15 days building the new factory and itís nearly done!
New hookbaits coming, a new boilie has been rolled a few times and tinkered with and we have some quality new anglers joining us in 2023.
Iím skint and knackered but really excited about next year.
Enjoy the break with the family, eat as much as you can and be grateful for all you have around you!
There has been some mega carp caught in the last few days too😉
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #796 1 Dec 2022 at 12.38pm    Login    Register
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Itís the same bait (shelf life and fresh), the only difference is that the shelf life has mpg rolled into it and itís dried for 12 hours longer.
Both are what I class as soft
Both can be squashed between your fingers
Itís about as perfect as I can make a shelf life!
Freezer baits are my preferred choice all year round but sales say that shelf life is now 50/50 compared to freezer.
I wish I could get more anglers on the freezer baits but i understand itís not practical for many today!
Glenn_B
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   Old Thread  #795 1 Dec 2022 at 9.32am    Login    Register
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I generally mix the frozen and shelf life if I need to use a throwing stick as the shelfies are that little bit firmer. What I would suggest is chuck a few into some water so you can see for yourself how quickly they become soluble, itís not very long. Iíll be using a mix of frozen Herb and Nutriplex throughout the winter😎
Spike
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   Old Thread  #794 30 Nov 2022 at 9.48pm    Login    Register
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As far as Iím aware theyíre both identical. Very good in both forms. The freezer version is softer in my opinion but Iíd happily use both all year around.
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   Old Thread  #793 30 Nov 2022 at 8.50pm    Login    Register
Calling all Herb users. Is there much difference between the texture of Herb freezer baits and shelfies?
Iíve been using shelflife all year, but find them fairly hard which makes me wonder about their cold water solubility. If the freezer baits are much softer I may have to pick up a small bait freezer and switch to them. (Thereís no way Iím allowed bait in our food freezer, hence getting shelfies)

And Gav, good to hear that business is going well enough for the need of a bigger premises! All very exciting for the future mate 👍
lilharbs
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   Old Thread  #792 29 Nov 2022 at 9.11pm    Login    Register
Good luck to you Gav, not surprised you are having to upscale as the range is quality all round.
Look forward to the new additions 👏👏
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #791 29 Nov 2022 at 12.36pm    Login    Register
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Afternoon lads and ladies,
Just a little heads up that handcraft will be out of action leading up to Christmas and maybe early in January whilst we are building our new facility.
At some point we are going to have to shut down the website temporarily whilst we move and we wonít be able to make any bait for a while.
The good news is that we will be in a much better position on the other side and in a place that is closer to my home and with a bright outlook.
There are some exciting products coming, new liquids, new hookbaits, and even a new boilie 😉
We have new anglers on board and also a whole new project that we have to keep under wraps for now but it is going to be a very busy year in 2023.
Before we move there will be a brief chance to get hold of some boilies on a crazy deal but they wonít last long if it is like the last time we moved!!
I will try and keep you updated as best as I can but Iím not always around and I am still trying to catch another mega common when I get a day off 😂😂
Thanks for all of the support and custom this year and all of the private messages.
Still so much to do!!
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #790 20 Nov 2022 at 3.44pm    Login    Register
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I fished it many many years ago when it was owned by the millers.
Lovely venue
Just impossible to get on now 😩
Wayne
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   Old Thread  #789 20 Nov 2022 at 12.16pm    Login    Register
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Amazing venue that Gav........Been on my French list for a longtime......
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #788 19 Nov 2022 at 8.24pm    Login    Register
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Today I had one of the most amazing catch reports from France that I have ever heard of.
Two anglers who I wonít name, have just done a week at a lake (that I wonít name) and went through 60k of our bait (crazy in November) but what they landed will take some beating!
4x40s
20x50s
10x60s
4x70s to 78
And one 20 pounder 😂

In NovemberÖÖ.and they didnít fish 24/7
Sting hookbaits and squids helped them
And this isnít rainbow lake or anywhere like that!
Two very good underground anglers who both agreed it probably wonít happen again!
I am allowed to share photos of one of them on our social media 😂
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #787 7 Nov 2022 at 5.56pm    Login    Register
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Itís one hell of a carp
I reckon it may come out again before Xmas and it may well be on a handcraft hookbait 😂
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   Old Thread  #786 6 Nov 2022 at 9.03pm    Login    Register
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Some fish that common. Guy on my club lake caught it few months back. Your hookbaits certainly catch them 👏
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #785 6 Nov 2022 at 6.55pm    Login    Register
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Another U.K. 60 came out today on the sting
61lb 3oz waterside commonÖÖ..he had the only two bites of recent times and both of them on the little 12mm yellow perils!!
Hence they are all out of stock again 😂😂
Back in stock middle of the week
That common is Incredible!!
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #784 3 Nov 2022 at 8.40pm    Login    Register
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Love them! Itís one job I like doing, handling tutti or sting or banoffees!
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   Old Thread  #783 3 Nov 2022 at 6.45pm    Login    Register
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Quality Tutti pop upsÖbright and pungent!
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #782 3 Nov 2022 at 6.27pm    Login    Register
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Evening all, been a while since i looked in on you 😂
Plenty going on at HC and weirdly we just had the most orders ever in a weekend. I would expect that in April not late October into November!
Some lovely carp being caught but Iím not gonna post them here as they just disappear 😂😂
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   Old Thread  #781 29 Oct 2022 at 11.47pm    Login    Register
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Tricknut and Herb
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   Old Thread  #780 29 Oct 2022 at 9.21pm    Login    Register
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Thanks mate, have you tried all the range or you just using one particular bait?
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   Old Thread  #779 29 Oct 2022 at 8.36pm    Login    Register
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Not used the freezer baits but the shelflife are soft enough and crumb up easily
Jon99
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   Old Thread  #778 29 Oct 2022 at 8.01pm    Login    Register
What are the shelfies like those of you that use them? Are they much harder than the freezer baits?
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   Old Thread  #777 16 Sept 2022 at 10.03pm    Login    Register
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This please. thanks
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   Old Thread  #776 16 Sept 2022 at 8.47pm  1  Login    Register
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I hope they bring you the success that they are bringing me!!
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   Old Thread  #775 16 Sept 2022 at 8.14pm  1  Login    Register
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Dark Sting wafters are needed Gav
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   Old Thread  #774 16 Sept 2022 at 5.07pm    Login    Register
Great service from Gavin and company. Ordered the new pellets and super squid waters as soon as they were live on the website, arrived today. Both smell awesome,can't wait to get out and try them.
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #773 15 Sept 2022 at 8.02pm  6  Login    Register
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Good news lads
This week has been intense! The pellets went on the site and they sold within hours! Herb fresh bait sold out within the weekend! I think it is handcrafts busiest week so far.
Here is the good news though. Some of the carp caught this week are just crazy! Keep your eyes peeled for Marc cavs carp this week caught on a deep c wafter over that new pellet. One of the best carp and pics I have seen for a while
No idea just how many 40s were caught this week!
Thanks to all of you guys for the orders and catch reports! Back in early tomorrow!
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   Old Thread  #772 15 Sept 2022 at 9.54am    Login    Register
Delivery arrived,amazing service as always
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   Old Thread  #771 14 Sept 2022 at 10.52pm  2  Login    Register
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Pellets and Calanus liquid ordered,them deep c are quality but dark sting seem to have saved me a few blanks.Gav needs get some wafters made,I don't know what he's playing at
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   Old Thread  #770 14 Sept 2022 at 10.11pm    Login    Register
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New pellets and deep c wafters and booster ordered.🎣🔥
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #769 9 Sept 2022 at 5.34pm  1  Login    Register
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Those hookbaits are just awesome arenít they
The amount of big carp (and small) they have caught this year is pure madness!! I can only take a small amount of glory for them but we can all thank Pidge really for holding onto some special ingredients 😉
Mattsaunders
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   Old Thread  #768 8 Sept 2022 at 10.13pm    Login    Register
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Just get em up on the website so we can buy some lol. I had 2 fish on the the super squid wafters the weekend stopped a run of blanks.
braders1978
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   Old Thread  #767 8 Sept 2022 at 9.30pm    Login    Register
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It would be good if do the new pellets in bags of different sizes mixed
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #766 6 Sept 2022 at 6.47pm    Login    Register
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My man that sounds awesome! You have done well on those baits!! It is interesting to me how so many fish get caught on certain products but I donít know why Iím surprised as I have been using them for decades and they work everywhere I take them!
40s for fun fella!! Well done Indeed!!
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   Old Thread  #765 6 Sept 2022 at 10.51am    Login    Register
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Sting wafters and banoffee pop up did me and my son 3 40s in France last month. Got a great pic of my son and me with his 1st 40 that I will look to send across to you. Was using other baits as well but for some reason the sting was the going bait down in the shallows and we had 4 fish, including 3 40s in just 5 hours fishing over a couple of afternoons including a double take for a proper brace of 40s (sadly no great pics of that as my Dad has dodgy knees and struggled to help my son hold the fish in the water)
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #764 5 Sept 2022 at 3.54pm  2  Login    Register
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Awesome work Michael, love the smell of the almonds and itís fizzy flavour!

There have been 4 U.K. 40s at least 5 European 50s and I think 1/2 60s out in the last few days on these products.
I will get them shared on our social media this week
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #763 5 Sept 2022 at 3.52pm    Login    Register
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We are certainly trying buddy
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   Old Thread  #762 5 Sept 2022 at 3.51pm    Login    Register
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They will be arriving this week definitely
Just had the delivery note
I will need to get them on the website when I can!
So much to do 😂
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   Old Thread  #761 5 Sept 2022 at 10.35am    Login    Register
Giving a shout out for the almond pop ups, had a few nice ones up to low thirties in recent weeks over non fishmeal freebies, lets hope it continues into the winter

Michael
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   Old Thread  #760 4 Sept 2022 at 11.20pm    Login    Register
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At least all your problems are of the good kind, you must be doing something right. .
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   Old Thread  #759 4 Sept 2022 at 9.02pm    Login    Register
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I will wait to order as want some liquids too
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   Old Thread  #758 4 Sept 2022 at 8.37pm  1  Login    Register
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The new pellets
I donít think I have ever worked so hard and waited so long to get anything! But I knew this would be tricky.
No these wonít be flavoured nor will they need to be mate as they are full of fishmeal, oils and vitamins (that bit is important)
I was told they would arrive last week but they didnít
Letís hope they arrive this week
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   Old Thread  #757 4 Sept 2022 at 8.32pm    Login    Register
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Any news on the new pellets and will they be flavoured to match the boilies
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #756 4 Sept 2022 at 8.14pm    Login    Register
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Well lads, sorry I havenít been on here posting for a while but things got seriously busy! We have been running out of bait nearly every week and also running out of ingredients!!
The good news is that we have just decided to sort out a long term plan which means that can work bigger, faster and more efficiently.
All will become revealed in the next few weeks but we will be making the most of the winter and quieter period.
There has been some mega carp landed in the last few weeks including a 45 today and a mint 48 from a very large low stock pit. Too many to list.
Nice to see that some of you lads on here are having a brilliant year.
The Herb and super squid will be forever known as a game changer around Oxfordshire!
Last but not least. Thanks for the pms on here. We will be making another large batch of herb this week but Iím a tad concerned that itís all sold already!
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #755 26 Aug 2022 at 8.34pm  1  Login    Register
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You will do just fine on them fella! Catching carp all around the country! Iíll get them to you on Wednesday!
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   Old Thread  #754 26 Aug 2022 at 10.55am    Login    Register
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Good luck
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   Old Thread  #753 26 Aug 2022 at 8.02am    Login    Register
Just ordered a pot of super squid wafters and booster they seem to be catching alot of fish of late and i need all the help i can of late. Cheers Matt
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   Old Thread  #751 13 Aug 2022 at 5.54am  1  Login    Register
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Your right
Beyonce
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   Old Thread  #750 12 Aug 2022 at 7.21am    Login    Register
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Who sells boilies by the litre?
snapper1
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   Old Thread  #749 12 Aug 2022 at 6.22am    Login    Register
More per volume
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   Old Thread  #747 11 Aug 2022 at 11.45pm    Login    Register
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This is a wind up, right?
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #746 11 Aug 2022 at 8.29pm    Login    Register
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Early next week buddy if all goes well!
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   Old Thread  #745 11 Aug 2022 at 6.57pm    Login    Register
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Worth a go
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   Old Thread  #744 11 Aug 2022 at 9.22am    Login    Register
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I ordered some sting 12mm last week came next day
karlton
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   Old Thread  #743 10 Aug 2022 at 10.44pm    Login    Register
When will the 12mm yellow stings be back in stock?
Goose
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   Old Thread  #742 10 Aug 2022 at 9.36pm    Login    Register
I'll be ordering 22mm boilies instead of 16mm so being bigger I'll get more for my money.
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   Old Thread  #741 10 Aug 2022 at 9.31pm    Login    Register
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The missus maybe but the dogs loyal 😂
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   Old Thread  #740 10 Aug 2022 at 8.22pm    Login    Register
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obviously
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #739 10 Aug 2022 at 7.51pm  1  Login    Register
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Yep told my lot to buy a large sack of spuds in November to keep them going this winter 😂
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   Old Thread  #738 10 Aug 2022 at 7.39pm    Login    Register
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Stuff that. The missus and dog can be on reduced rations
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #736 10 Aug 2022 at 3.14pm    Login    Register
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Tough times coming for all of us
We are already making steps to make sure we can get through the 3 months of winter.
Might have to do reduced days of opening
Some products will have to go

We said this last winter though and it ended up being much busier than I thought! But we are aware that many of our customers will be more worried about feeding the family than buying 40k of herb!
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   Old Thread  #735 10 Aug 2022 at 3.12pm  3  Login    Register
Lets try and keep this to Handcraft Hookbaits rather than political bull-shine please gents.

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   Old Thread  #734 10 Aug 2022 at 2.48pm    Login    Register
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Went from 125 to 330 for gas&electricity in belgium in less rhan a year... Must be french aswell lol
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   Old Thread  #733 10 Aug 2022 at 2.34pm    Login    Register
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That's because the French Government are capping the prices, whereas ours is not.
Goose
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   Old Thread  #732 10 Aug 2022 at 2.31pm    Login    Register
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Are all these rocketing price rises global or are we bearing the brunt of it ? Only reason I ask is that I heard on the radio EDF which supply electricity to millions of UK homes is 85% French government owned and at the next price increase will have raised prices to UK consumers by 104% over the last year while French consumers have only had 5% increase over the same period.
Mozzi
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   Old Thread  #731 10 Aug 2022 at 2.15pm    Login    Register
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Also about to rocket in price.

Ever fee youíre being defecated in from a great height :(
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #730 9 Aug 2022 at 6.07pm  1  Login    Register
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Great news mate! Good luck with the stuff, I rate that as one of the best liquids in the market.
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   Old Thread  #729 9 Aug 2022 at 10.51am    Login    Register
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Placed an order with you for some Calanus yesterday. Received this morning less than 24 hours later. Top man. 👍
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   Old Thread  #728 8 Aug 2022 at 10.40am  2  Login    Register
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Visual shopping, three bags of flavoured crumb/soya balls or one bag of fishmeal, glm etc balls. Both will catch but which one will the fish keep feeding on year in year out. Can name a bait that is still made that has been catching carp for nearly thirty years. Sadly for the bait maker their customer base in the main are a fickle lot, don't catch must be the the bait so change, catch but my mate catches more so his bait must be better. My bait is superb quality but I don't catch much on it because I'm the idiot that keeps putting it in the wrong place.
Mozzi
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   Old Thread  #727 7 Aug 2022 at 2.25pm  1  Login    Register
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The trouble is even saying to people ďuse less of a quality baitĒ may soften it for them but not us, I have certain figures I need to hit to break even and targets for profit / business sustainability, if sure you have the same. The worry is there will be a hell of a lot more turnover without increase in profit, and without increase in profit, you donít have the capital to chase the price increases of the base ingredients. If you want to take home say £3000 a month, but price increases equate to £1000 extra spending you then chase £4000 and so on. Whatís annoying is some of the prices creep up on you so I genuinely take for example, anything over a 2% rise really really seriously now. Whatís sobering is that counts in just about every single thing. I use bar about 5 ingredients.

Itís absolutely toxic I genuinely had a chat with one of my best mates and he could see how my mental health has been and pleaded with me to think about throwing in the towel. I roll a lot of bait but it seems a hell of a lot of effort for ever diminishing returns. People donít realise just what proper physical work and long hours the bait game is, I still meet people who think itís easy money 😂

Also highlights just what cr@p is in some of the baits that are stable in price / stay low, as economics of scale are irrelevant at the moment
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #726 7 Aug 2022 at 12.33pm    Login    Register
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There is no choice really is there, the price of literally everything has gone up so the baits will have to!
Dreading this winter already but we are all in the same boat
Mozzi
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   Old Thread  #725 6 Aug 2022 at 11.09pm    Login    Register
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Gav I will message you on Facebook soon, but essentially all my regulars have accepted a small increase. Lots customers will. Yes some transient ďtry a few kiloĒ types may be put off but those regulars get it. What I have done as a compromise is move my MOQ from 5kg to 2.5kg and keep the difference per kg between the two marginal at most.

It is unfortunately but this country is currently in a right state and unfortunately we arenít essential services so will be one of the first purchases reassessed when the purse strings tighten.

Itís probably a year to try and make through rather than make profit to be fair, But I guess thatís across the board unless you switch to selling energy lol
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   Old Thread  #724 6 Aug 2022 at 12.12pm  1  Login    Register
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Better than a bream or a kick in the ********
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   Old Thread  #723 6 Aug 2022 at 11.39am  1  Login    Register
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Well done, hauling
Wayne
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   Old Thread  #722 6 Aug 2022 at 10.25am    Login    Register
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Pasty patrol thoughÖÖ19lb and a 7lb stockie although very little coming out at the moment due to the 250kg feed that went in last SundayÖ..
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #721 5 Aug 2022 at 8.46pm  1  Login    Register
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Blimey mate! On a roll down there!
Wayne
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   Old Thread  #720 5 Aug 2022 at 2.44pm    Login    Register
2 more fish this morning to the StingÖÖ
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   Old Thread  #719 4 Aug 2022 at 10.00pm    Login    Register
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That does happen to me sometimes, next day its fine.
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Thats strange as I have not got a Facebook account but I can see the page
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   Old Thread  #717 4 Aug 2022 at 9.38pm    Login    Register
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No worries Gav, if and when you get a chance Iím sure all us luddites would like a look
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #716 4 Aug 2022 at 8.40pm    Login    Register
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Stay away from social media mate 😂😂
Many of my friends are no longer on it!
Iíll post a pic one day when I get a mo and I have the laptop out
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I just get a page saying log in or sign up to Facebook. Iíve gone 20 years without any of that nonsense, certainly not starting now!
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   Old Thread  #714 4 Aug 2022 at 8.13pm    Login    Register
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No one on here has taken them down mate
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   Old Thread  #713 4 Aug 2022 at 8.06pm    Login    Register
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You can go on Handcraft Facebook without a Facebook account
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Maybe 😂
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Any chance of a photo on here for us non social people Gav?
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #710 4 Aug 2022 at 5.19pm    Login    Register
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Thanks lads, that will go down as one of the most special ones I have caught I think! I canít think of a better one in the U.K. and to be surrounded by some nice lads mate it all better!
Also means I can set my sights on another one now 😂
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   Old Thread  #709 4 Aug 2022 at 8.06am  1  Login    Register
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I think sometimes Gav its the platform that they are hosted through the links expire after a certain time, well done on the big common outstanding result.
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   Old Thread  #708 4 Aug 2022 at 0.01am  1  Login    Register
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Congratulations on the lake record from Waterside
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   Old Thread  #707 3 Aug 2022 at 8.39pm    Login    Register
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All of our nice photos seem to have gone on here! Any ideas why anyone?
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When I can negotiate the import details buddy! Lots of paperwork to tie up first!
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   Old Thread  #705 3 Aug 2022 at 5.08pm    Login    Register
When are the new pellets going to be available mate
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   Old Thread  #704 28 Jul 2022 at 7.19pm    Login    Register
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That is a lovely carp
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   Old Thread  #703 28 Jul 2022 at 6.48pm  1  Login    Register
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What a mega one it was mate! Well done again fella
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   Old Thread  #702 28 Jul 2022 at 5.50pm  3  Login    Register
Managed to catch a stunning fish on my wanted list yesterday at 32-6 Just a matter of time before the others on my list succumb to these 12mm fish catchers ÖÖsting doing the doÖÖ
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   Old Thread  #701 25 Jul 2022 at 9.42pm  1  Login    Register
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We donít often post photos on here but these are well worth a look as they wonít appear anywhere very often!
The big french carp in between was part of a mega haul in a murky silty lake and the captor noted that the bright and strong tuttis produced all of the bites with a couple of sixties and several 50s to boot!
The U.K. fish all fell to the krill and cal Wafters over our old k20 high protein krill bait with extra salt.
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #700 25 Jul 2022 at 9.36pm  3  Login    Register
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Chris again with a mega UK forty on the Krill and Cal Wafters.
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   Old Thread  #699 25 Jul 2022 at 9.34pm    Login    Register
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A mega chunk on the Tutti 12mm Pop Ups.
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   Old Thread  #698 25 Jul 2022 at 9.28pm  3  Login    Register
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UK 50lb on the Krill and Cal Wafters. These lads caught more carp in a season than anyone else I have ever heard of!
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   Old Thread  #697 25 Jul 2022 at 7.44am  1  Login    Register
Fished overnight Friday after work on our little syndicate, I was happy to see one of the pretty little mirrors we stocked back in last May at 6.6lb out at 9.9lb and nutty male common at 15.12lb I've had before, both fish heading in the right direction and both were caught on a herb hard hooker straight on the bottom.

keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #696 23 Jul 2022 at 8.06pm    Login    Register
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Some of the liquids in the hookbaits are very potent, others not so much.
Krill and cal is strong, sting also and deep c stays with me all day 😂
The booster liquids are there for you to decide wether you need them or not!
Some of the lads fishing in silt and onion weed go mad with them whereas others like myself tend to use a few drops after 2/3 weeks and then I leave them alone.
Buoyancy on a wafterÖÖ.
If you get a bland wafter that is made out of nothing edible, the buoyancy should remain for a good few hours.
Adding foods and milks and additives increases the attraction but also those same products can allow water ingress. Iím happier knowing that it tastes and smells better even if they are laid on the deck. The wafter is the hardest hookbait to make for everyone and to be honest we sell thousands and they catch a cart load of fish. Iíll happily send you some replacements jo. Remember that even if it is laid on the floor after 8 hours, it is still weightless compared to freebies of the same size!!
Did you all see the catch reports from the last week on the krill and cal? Those lads alone must have had ten tins between them and all those mega fish came to them! A hookbait made from fishmeal, krill, calanus, minamino, liver is always gonna catch a few carp!
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   Old Thread  #695 23 Jul 2022 at 5.53pm    Login    Register
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I've not done well on them to be honest which is why I bought the booster. Mine came unglugged so got the booster and gave them a light coating. Not going to France for a few weeks but thought it was worth doing now giving them plenty of time to soak and dry. Sting is definitely my go to hookbait at the moment and banoffee my pop up of choice having done me multiple 30s this year
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   Old Thread  #694 23 Jul 2022 at 5.47pm    Login    Register
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Had a few on my krill and cal wafters. They smell lovely. Unfortunately they came glugged and it has affected the buoyancy but decent hookbaits none the less
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   Old Thread  #693 23 Jul 2022 at 5.25pm    Login    Register
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Just opened the Krill and Cal booster liquid to prep my wafters for France and wow it's potent. Got a bit on my fingers and no matter how many times I've washed them cannot get the scent off!!! So glad I've not felt the need to boost my sting baits!!!
braders1978
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   Old Thread  #692 23 Jul 2022 at 2.04pm    Login    Register
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Tricknut/Herb combo is deadly with sting dark hardhooker or matching wafters,love it
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #691 23 Jul 2022 at 12.22pm  1  Login    Register
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We left this morning, with a few fish under our belt and lots of chocolate consumed 😂
My mate who came with us and his daughter relocated to a new swim and had a 30lb mirror within minutes.
Tricknut working for me and tricknut/herb working for him!
snapper1
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snapper1
   Old Thread  #690 23 Jul 2022 at 10.37am    Login    Register
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Well done its nice to catch afew whilst with the family
braders1978
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braders1978
   Old Thread  #689 23 Jul 2022 at 10.08am    Login    Register
Packed up yesterday evening,ended on 3 and Phil had 1.It was a shame trip was cut short but won't post on here why
braders1978
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braders1978
   Old Thread  #688 22 Jul 2022 at 9.31pm    Login    Register
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My daughter and youngest stepson love it.Making memories with your kids is the best thing in the world
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #687 22 Jul 2022 at 7.45pm  1  Login    Register
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Very nice mate! Been some lovely fish out this week again! Even had two myself today with my little girl on a daddy daughter weekend!
snapper1
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   Old Thread  #686 22 Jul 2022 at 6.40pm    Login    Register
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Nice
braders1978
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   Old Thread  #685 22 Jul 2022 at 6.15pm  1  Login    Register
Already had two this afternoon,nothing massive but a nice grassy and a 17lb pristine common
braders1978
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braders1978
   Old Thread  #684 21 Jul 2022 at 10.49pm    Login    Register
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Results have been superb,im sure it will continue
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #683 21 Jul 2022 at 10.42am    Login    Register
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That was fast!! Less than 20 hours!!
Good luck with it all again mate
braders1978
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braders1978
   Old Thread  #682 21 Jul 2022 at 9.12am    Login    Register
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Bait received this morning,Thanks Gav excellent service as always
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #681 20 Jul 2022 at 7.03pm    Login    Register
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If you want to see some mega carp that you wonít see very often, check out our social media this week. I once said about a bait that seems to turn over one specific lake year after year.
Well it did last year once again!
braders1978
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braders1978
   Old Thread  #680 19 Jul 2022 at 8.05pm    Login    Register
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Cheers
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #679 19 Jul 2022 at 7.08pm    Login    Register
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Iíll see what I can do buddy 😉
braders1978
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braders1978
   Old Thread  #678 19 Jul 2022 at 6.41pm    Login    Register
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Needed bait for 48hr trip on Friday,will have to make do with what bit got left
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #677 19 Jul 2022 at 5.13pm    Login    Register
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Been rolled mate
Putting back in stock today but Iím not sending out until the end of the week as it just too hot
braders1978
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braders1978
   Old Thread  #676 18 Jul 2022 at 11.37pm    Login    Register
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Is the Herb done now mate
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #675 18 Jul 2022 at 10.25pm  1  Login    Register
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Iíll be in at 6am and you will have them on Wednesday! Unless all the roads melt and the vans donít get to us!
Mattsaunders
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   Old Thread  #674 18 Jul 2022 at 7.43pm    Login    Register
Just ordered some pineapple wafters and krill and cal wafters 😋
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #673 17 Jul 2022 at 2.29pm  2  Login    Register
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I managed to get out last night for 12 hours of angling and I have to say it was actually quite enjoyable!
In typical summer fashion the carp fed in the darkness and up to about 9 am this morning. A scattering of 20mm herb and matching Wafters or deep c Wafters made sure I didnít get much sleep! Biggest fish was a known common of upper 20s (forgot my scales)
If you go out angling this week then Iíd say bait lightly and make the most of the darkness! Roll on next weekend when itís a little bit cooler
Frenzy
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   Old Thread  #672 15 Jul 2022 at 4.06pm    Login    Register
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Hang in there mate....im sure you will be fine
keeperboy
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   Old Thread  #671 15 Jul 2022 at 12.00pm  3  Login    Register
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Letís just say it has been a bit of a mission to get away from the c