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12 Sep 2017
by Scott Lloyd
The method which no one on your lake will be using...
We take a closer look at Scott Lloyd’s ‘Mushing-Up’ tactic – a method which no-one on your lake will be using…

While fishing over Linch Hill, I have found a tactic that has been extremely successful. Carp love boilies, there is no doubt about that, but they soon become well aware of their danger should they get caught on them a few times.

It is with this that I decided to chop all of my baits up and wash them out 24hrs prior to applying them. It looks odd, but to me it makes complete sense. How many times has a carp actually been hooked on half a bait or a small wafter?

Use a Spomb to get it out there, this way you deliver it accurately and with reduce spill

I have been recently using the Krill from Sticky and it suits this bait down to the ground. The bait itself is made up of natural soluble attractors so automatically carries a soft-feel to it once in the water for a short period of time. I add my baits to some mineral water 24hrs before my session and by the time I am ready to apply them, the water is already coloured with a red tinge. This shows just how much attraction a whole bait leaks out, so imagine the response you get once it is broken up?

I get my bucket of baits and grasp them in my hands, followed by a tight squeeze to make the almost like a mush. I break a few up too, but the main aspect of the mix is to have no whole baits. The fish simply don’t want to eat them.

One Spomb full on the bottom; it is not too much food but loads of attraction

To this, I add some Krill Powder to enhance the smell and add further small particles to the mix. I then add some bloodworm pellet, mainly because the fish love them so much. Then, to finish it off, I add some Krill liquid. This stuff is awesome and enhances the bait furthermore.

Another stunner that fell to the mushed-up baits!

The hookbaits I fish over the top play a huge part of the success too. It is important that they mimic what is out on the bottom. This is why I use either a chopped dumbbell or a half a wafter. It is less inconspicuous on the bottom and is light enough to enter the carp’s mouth with ease. If the fish look up for it, I like to fish a snowman too, but again the bait cannot be whole, so I do a bit of chopping with the scissors.

My hookbaits are usually either a dumbbell or a wafter to mimic my freebies

Between my brother and I, we have caught nearly 30 fish between us this year and most of them have fallen to this tactic while others struggled. It is well worth applying this method to your water, as the results will, without doubt, improve for you.

How to put together your 'mush mix'

1 Washing out your baits 24hrs before using them is key, just check out the leakage off these baits.
2 Once they have softened after 24hrs, mush them up in your hands, ensuring that no whole baits are left.
3 Add some Krill powder to add further attraction to the mix and alter the wet consistency slightly.
4 Then add a few bloodworm pellets. Carp love them and it gives me an option of using them in a PVA bag.
5 A good dose of Krill liquid follows. This stuff makes it smell even more fishy and pungent.
6 Here’s how it looks all together in the bucket. All you need to do now is give it a little stir around.
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