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Sticky Baits: The Krill Active

Sticky MD, Dan Wildbore exclusively chats about how their next blockbuster, Krill Active and how it came about...

“It was back in 2014 that the first batches were put together. We were off to Cassien for a few weeks and Tom knows the lake really well and is adamant that the fish prefer a fishmeal bait to anything else. These fish are wild and thrive on naturals, such as mussels, snails and crayfish. The way they hunt, like all carp, is by detecting certain amino acids, which then trigger them to feed.

“The normal out-of-the-bag Krill boilie is great, but something with increased attraction with the perfect amino package was always going to receive interest from the carp. Back then, it was very time-consuming to make, but over the years, with added investment and research, we have been able to make it in larger volumes, hence its release to the public.

“I can’t divulge in to too much detail as to how the product is made, but I can explain what it creates. You have the Krill boilie, with added liquid attractors pumped into the bait. Once the bait has this coating of liquid, powders are added to the process. Over time, the baits end up with a paste-wrapped coating, full of attraction. The key to all this is the solubility of the powders and liquids. These will leak off and break down around the bait.

“This leaves you with a pile of boilies, a carpet of powders and a liquid haze surrounding the baited area. The level of attraction coming off this is totally unparalleled to anything that has been used in the bait world before. This is not done on dextrose and pH change, this is attraction formed on amino acid compound, which is how the carp detects food.

“If you change the pH of the water through sugars and so on, yes carp will investigate. This is naturally what they do and the only way of finding out what it is, is to suck it in. Now, if we create something that the carp detect on change of pH-alone, they wouldn’t come back and keep feeding. This is why highly attractive fruit flavours work well on hookbaits, but not so well with free offerings.

“The best way of attracting a carp into the swim is through amino acids, and that is what The Krill Active does perfectly. This brings everything to the party, including smaller fish. The frenzied feeding activity spreads that food signal further and lets off vibrations, enticing the carp to come and investigate. As soon as they are close, they are well aware of what is going on and they begin to feed.

"The day before the cameras went in, Tom and I fished the day on Cassien. We actually managed 15 bites that day, which is pretty unheard of."

“We have seen this on the underwater cameras and it only confirmed what we thought was happening. The day before the cameras went in, Tom and I fished the day on Cassien. We actually managed 15 bites that day, which is pretty unheard of. Every time we fished the place, we caught well by casting simple stringers out 25 yards.

"Although Cassien is fished, it is regarded by many as wild fishing, given that the carp aren’t grossly over-pressured and that they will behave and feed naturally. The results on there were always incredible and there is no doubt that The Krill Active played a huge part in this. Both Tom and I caught one of the biggest, if not the biggest mirrors in the lake, once in the spring and then on our return in the autumn, he caught the same one at over 67lb.

“This bait is instant, packed with nutrition and is the ultimate boilie in our eyes. It is an improvement on our Krill boilie, which is why we are planning to release it. The only time we plan to release a new fishmeal is if it betters what we already have, and with this, we believe we have done.

“Aside from using Cassien as a main testing ground, we have rolled this out to a few anglers when they have asked for it. We deliberately didn’t send it out to everyone to test, as we already knew the results. Still, the guys that did receive it enjoyed similar mind-blowing results. It has been 8 years since the release of our Krill boilie and it has taken us this long to perfect it and make it available to all." The Krill Active starts at £12.99 a kilo.

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Mulbz Pop-Ups: “The Mulbz are based on an age-old classic that dominated the North West scene and which has continued for years, spreading across the globe,” states Dan, “we have been working closely with Myles Gibson for a number of years, perfecting arguably one of the greatest hookbait flavours of all time. It is great news for us all, as he has been willing to reveal his secret successful recipe, that has seen the downfall and captures of so many of the country’s finest carp. “Using specialised fruit powders, they maximise both instant and prolonged leakage, meaning you are fishing more effectively for a much longer period of time. Combining other liquids and powders, they round the powerful fruit flavour off, giving it a strong, but mellow hint. These pop-ups are available in both fluoro and pastel colours, in sizes of 12, 14 and 16mm. A matching bait spray is also available to help boost the attraction further.”

Pure Calanus Liquid Hydroslate: The use of pure Calanus liquid hydroslate is one of the most exciting steps forward in marine-derived protein sources in many years. It is 100 percent sustainable, yet contains an almost unparalleled amino acid profile. Pure Calanus benefits from high levels of some of the most essential and attractive amino acids for all fish species. These provide water-soluble attraction and nutrition that is practically irresistible to carp. This wonderfully salty, super-soluble liquid is incredibly low in fat and high in water-soluble protein. It pumps out attraction at a rapid rate, transmitting food signals far and wide. Uses are limited only by your imagination, and its relatively thin viscosity means that it will penetrate boilies and pellets with ease, before releasing a tantalising wave of attraction once applied to your chosen spot.

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