How to make a bait for cold water yourself (autumn, winter). Natural bait in bait. What should not be added. Which filler is used. What fraction should be bait for cold water. What flavorings add.
It is no secret that the success of fishing in late autumn and winter also largely depends on bait, which should have certain properties in cold water. Of course, now there are countless ready-made mixes on sale, but, despite the intensive advertising of reputable expert fishers and the prices of these wonderful baits, they are not always really working mixtures. Often, even the inscription on the packaging, indicating winter bait, does not correspond to the content when the “winter bait” smells of fragrant biscuits and fruits.
The same story happens with fishing line, when symbols and various pictures in the form of penguins and snowflakes only disguise and mislead fishermen, since the packaging often has ordinary summer fishing line. The lies and cynical deception inherent in the trade in food and clothing also affected the sale of fishing goods. At the same time, gear and accessories for summer and winter fishing are quite expensive products. Therefore, as before, the fishermen try, as far as possible, to make the necessary things with their own hands. This also applies to bait.
Before dwelling on the preparation of winter bait, you should find out what is the difference between it and traditional summer bait? And this difference exists, and not in one parameter. First of all, it is necessary to note the small-fraction composition of winter bait, where all the ingredients are ground to a state of dust. This composition of winter bait only stimulates the appetite of the fish, while not saturating it. This small bait creates a noticeable food cloud in the water, attracting fish from afar, as far as visibility in the ice kingdom allows. Odor also serves to attract fish. And for this purpose, various fillers of low-calorific composition are used, in particular, with copra, finely ground bran, grain husk, Belgian coconut and other components containing low-calorie substances.
The smell of bait
There is another important factor affecting the attractiveness of winter bait. This is the smell. If in summer, fish from the cyprinid family are offered mixtures with bright fruity and biscuit smells, then in winter such aromatic baits, which have a strong smell, can instead of attracting fish to a fishing place on an autumn river or a winter hole, on the contrary, scare them away with such aggressive odorous substances . It is better to add various cold water syrups to the bait, which, without pungent odors, nevertheless attract autumn fish to the fishing point. Such syrups are: “Hemp in fish”, “Smoked cancer”, “Salmon”, “Red caviar”. Flavors with the smell of bloodworms, worms and maggots can also be effective in the cold season. Well, and, of course, introducing natural bait into bait would be a good solution. It is clear that worms can be added to the bait only in the form chopped into pieces, otherwise they will also scatter at the bottom. Bloodworms and maggots also do not differ in perseverance, but it does not make sense to “halve” them, otherwise these larvae will leak out.
We prepare bait for cold water (autumn, winter)
Of course, you can prepare winter bait yourself without such exotic things as Belgian coconuts and other foreign ingredients. This component can be replaced with dry semolina and bran. And the main component of the bait component can be made pea porridge in the form of mashed potatoes. Then you can add slightly undercooked millet porridge, dry semolina, barley and corn grits to pea puree.
For greater friability and to create an attractive food cloud in the water column, breadcrumbs and milk powder can be added to the bait. The addition of fried finely ground seeds also serves the same purpose. They are an active component that, when washed, will create a bait movement in the water column. All these ingredients will not be able to saturate the fish, but are only able to attract it with the smell, the appearance of the food cloud and movement. For this, you need to add undigested millet to the bait. In the water in which you have to cook porridge, you need to add quite a bit of granulated sugar and salt, a little bit. These components are also attractive to fish. Salt, by the way, is also found in many artificial baits made of edible rubber.
Add syrups to the finished mixture and the bait for cold water is ready.
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