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CRITICALLY BALANCING BAIT

Post by tackle tart on Tue May 11, 2010 2:00 pm

A critically balanced bait is one that uses foam or caulk , pop up boilie or imitation pop up baits these help in balancing the bait to offset the weight of the hook attached as you well know
but for the benefit of others i,ll just quickly run through a couple of ways of achieving a more balnced bait

the first way is to fish a single bait, a pop up should be used for this , The buoyancy of the pop up boilies means that this rig will pop up to the length of your hook link, to offset this a small shot or tungsten rig putty can be used.
Add the weight either to or just under the hook, keep testing the bait in the margins and add or remove weight until the bait slowly drops to the bottom for this i like to use tungsten putty as you can get it critically balance then using a split shot , you are looking for a balance so if the bait sinks really quickly or still pops up of the rig then you still need to adjust the weight until it sinks very very slowly .

If fishing multiple baits (snowman style ) the weight of the bottom baits can be used to off set the buoyancy of the pop up Cut away small pieces of the natural bait or the boilie until it is just heavy enough to slowly sink the hook to the bottom.
alternativily you can squeeze the pop up gently to make it more denser this will again make the bait sink a bit more quickly

if fishing particle baits again you can use imitation baits or foam to naturally balance the bait. cut the foam until you have a balanced bait you are happy with


On waters where the carp are clued up and seem to eat all the free offering you give them but leave your hook bait every time although the above ways work and i,ve caught on all of them , but when your hook bait is being left this is when you need a ultra critically balanced bait that willl hopefully act exacly like all the freebies around it given you that alll important bite
it quite simple to achieve , all you need is to have a bait punch or drill like the ones below ( i use the fox ones) and foam or caulk to put in your bait to give the bait it neutral bouyancy .




All you need to do is first hollow out enough of boilie,, or whatever bait you are be using, and then place the foam or caulk into the hole flush, then Attach the bait to your hair in the normal way and then test it the completed rig in the water.
what you want is the bait to just bearly sink to the bottom
This will now hopefully be near enough the same as the free offering you put out , so when the Carp comes along and wafts his pectoral fins to dislodge the baits, the hookbait is now much lighter and buoyant and reacts in the same way as the free baits.

also its up to you but two other importants points are , well to me they are
i USE soft hooklinks and i make then longer aswell as i think these dramatically help the bait to act much more natural in the water , as i can,t see the point in going about getting it ultra balanced to have it anchored off a sniff rig material , making it maybe act unatural when wafting about remember carp have very good eye sight and i,m sure they notice things like this.
Also the same goes with the hook link length there,s no point in having it on a short hook link!! again the carp sucks and blows the freebies out and they , "lets say it travel 8 inches away" and you have a shorter hook link ! the carp does the same to your hook bait , the bait ain,t going to go as far is it ?? again making the carp super suspicious of it , and more than likely it will be left .
so its worth bearing this in mind when deciding to try these

you could use the muzzer which was created by tom dove and used on a KD style rig to give carp problems with dealing with this

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Re: CRITICALLY BALANCING BAIT

Post by NIDGE MAC on Tue May 11, 2010 2:39 pm

great topic kev,
maybe sometime this year you can give me the ins and outs of getting this right on a venue somewhere..


rep for that kev.....
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Post by sardarel on Tue May 11, 2010 2:42 pm

I use this tactic a lot in my fishing...

and I play with the amount of foam/cork I use for different sessions ...

and also the positioning against the hair rig to make the hook work in different ways...

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Post by Dave The Rave on Tue May 11, 2010 2:53 pm

great post mate keep up the good work
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Re: CRITICALLY BALANCING BAIT

Post by tackle tart on Tue May 11, 2010 2:59 pm

by sardarel Today at 7:42 pm

I use this tactic a lot in my fishing...

and I play with the amount of foam/cork I use for different sessions ...

and also the positioning against the hair rig to make the hook work in different ways.

i think you have to Wink

i can,t remember the last time i used a straight on the bottom bait with out some form of bouyancy on the bait

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Post by BWA on Tue May 11, 2010 4:05 pm

keV I really appreciate you taking the time not only to answer my question to you on your blog, but to go in to such absolute specific detail on every facet of all critically balanced scenarios. Pos rep given mate as this is going to be a really useful source of inspiration to me in preparing my baits
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Re: CRITICALLY BALANCING BAIT

Post by Stotty on Wed May 12, 2010 2:29 am

I am using it a lot at the moment as the lakes full of weed even if you get a clearer spot it help as the bait will sit on top rather than pull its self down.

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