So we are almost done with chicks and fillet - or we not ?
Head by far is best and Muddy one for sure . It has to be something special with Muddy blood or intestines that attracts barbel so quickly
In many occasions with my fishing buddies, the one who has muddy head vs one that has carp head , is the winner . Muddy head will bring much quicker bite and especially in winter on colder water.
We were pulling barbel's in Vaal river on 12C water temperature on muddy head.
But these days we don't catch so many muddies like 15 years ago - maybe I am mistaken but you guys can comment on your own experience . I also do feel sorry that we have to kill them all the time to catch barbel.
That is why I am keen on day old chicks experiment even if that makes me to puke or even vomit during the mincing process.
Filets are really just last resource when you don't have nothing else to put on.
I even think that blue soap will give better results. Fillets has no smell and depend on barble swimming past them to get bite.
The reason why Muddy heads is a better bait than Carp head is because it contains more oils in the head and gills so it gives off a stronger sent trail for longer. Problem is if you target the real monster Cats you are not going to a Muddy head of 2 plus kilo's. That is why we use the Carp heads. But yes Muddies is a better bait.
Damit guys do I have to give all my secrets away...?
Take you carp head and add generous amount of cod liver oil in the gills and flesh. Also, same can be done with the fillets. Remember it is an oil so it will dissipate in the water but it will also stick to the bait for a long period afterwards.
Cod liver oil has high levels of omega-3 fatty acids along with vitamin A and D. It was traditionally manufacture by filling wooden barrels with fresh cod livers and seawater and allowing the mixture to ferment for up to a year. Today cod liver oil is made by cooking the whole cod body tissue of fatty fish during the manufacturing of fish meal.
Last edited on Wed Nov 5th, 2014 03:33 pm by Fishpaste