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Alan

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  1. I found this interesting by English author Fred J. Taylor: ‘I took a visit to the USA before I began to associate the ghastly smell of soaked corn (maize) with the fantastic carp taken over there. Out in the hot sun great barrels of maize were left to ferment and after a few days began to smell to high heaven. So much so that handling the stuff (and everyone who passed by the barrel would take a handful and toss it into the lake) necessitated a scrub up with carbolic soap or disinfectant. That smell hung around for hours after the barrel had been disturbed, but there’s no doubt at all that the carp loved it and were attracted to it. 'This was light yellow field corn, similar to what we now call sweetcorn on the cob, but it remained fairly hard even after soaking.'
  2. Ideally, you want your hookbait to stand out and be more attractive than the loose offerings so that it is one of the first items picked up. You want it to appear like the cherry on top of a sundae, so to speak. You can achieve this presentation with packbait and a buoyant hookbait that lifts just enough to just sit on top of the pile. Or you can use a PVA bag, but still ensure that the hookbait has enough buoyancy to lift out of the pile and sit gently above it. Either way, don’t pull it back.
  3. Due to their compactness they are ideal for long distance travel, by plane for example. The action is compromised by the number of joints. They are usable if you have to, but don’t expect them to cast as well or play a fish as nicely as a two-piece rod.
  4. A slice of yellow foam ear plug makes a good hookbait for fishing among corn and it pops up bootifully!
  5. It would be nice if the technical talks could be reproduced in a later copy of the NACA magazine for those that cannot make it.
  6. Thanks Dale, That one works for me in the spring but not the fall. Perhaps it is the type of flavor that needs to be changed.
  7. Does anyone have a late fall grits mix? I heard to use whole kernel corn and water instead of creamed corn as the wetter. Thanks
  8. Not convinced the forum decline is all down to facebook etc. This began when it became unfriendly towards non-members and people like Phone could no longer post in the bait section, for example. This is not a criticism, just an observation.
  9. What you guys are doing is admirable. Be careful what you handle though. We had a bailiff here pick up a discarded corn can and cut his hand on the tin. He caught Weil’s disease, apparently transmitted by rats eating out the can and pissing on it. Anyway, he died from it, a healthy bloke in his twenties. Tragic. Always use tuff gloves or tongs.
  10. Alan

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    Willem, sorted thanks
  11. Alan

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    I have the same problem. I also tried the store and clicked on international membership but it still didn't take me anywhere.
  12. I find that boilies are good when you want to read a good book without any interruptions
  13. Thanks for the help guys. The consensus seems to be that a TBSP is filled level or just over level. Now all I need to figure out is whether it is Morton Kosher Salt or Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt!
  14. Many packbait recipes call for a tablespoon of kosher salt, but what do you guys take as a tablespoon? Is it a level tablespoon or a heaped tablespoon? This might seem a bit trivial, but a heaped tablespoon is twice the amount of a level tablespoon! Thanks
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