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MiniWelsh
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MiniWelsh
   Old Thread  #801 29 Dec 2022 at 11.25am    Login    Register
In reply to Post #799
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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Budder
   Old Thread  #800 24 Dec 2022 at 9.54pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #797
Merry Christmas! Will be getting an order in the new year 🎣🎣🎣🐋🐟
keeperboy
Posts: 2507
   Old Thread  #799 24 Dec 2022 at 7.01pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #798
Difficult act to follow mate!!
Merry Christmas buddy
braders1978
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braders1978
   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
Posts: 2507
   Old Thread  #797 24 Dec 2022 at 12.25pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #796
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
Posts: 2507
   Old Thread  #796 1 Dec 2022 at 12.38pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #793
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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Glenn_B
   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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Spike
   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.
Fortysteve
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Fortysteve
   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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lilharbs
   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
Posts: 2507
   Old Thread  #791 29 Nov 2022 at 12.36pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #790
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
Posts: 2507
   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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Wayne
   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
Posts: 2507
   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
Posts: 2507
   Old Thread  #787 7 Nov 2022 at 5.56pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #786
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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