THE HISTORY BEHIND ZAK BAIT CATFISH BAITS

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IT ALL STARTED BACK IN 1994, OUR LOCAL CLUB AT THE TIME TOOK IT UPON THEMSELVES TO STOCK ONE HUNDRED  5 TO 7 lb CATS IN A 16 ACRE LAKE, THIS STOCKING WAS ON THE WRONG SIDE OF LEGAL AND MANY MEMBERS INCLUEDING MYSELF HAD MAJOR RESERVATIONS ABOUT THESE FOREIGN IMPORTS BEING STOCKED INTO A HIGH QUALITY CARP WATER.

NO ONE SAW ONE OF THESE CATS FOR OVER A YEAR EXEPT ONE OR TWO DEAD FISH THAT FLOATED AROUND THE LAKE,  MOST ANGLERS HAD FORGOTTEN THE CATS WERE IN THE LAKE UNTIL ONE LATE MAY EVENING, ONE ANGLER WHO WILL REMAIN NAMELESS BUT WHO NOW WRITES FOR TWO ANGLING MAGAZINES HOOKED INTO A CAT ON A FISH MEAL BOILIE, IT WAS NOT A MASSIVE SPECIMEN BUT TO OUR AMAZEMENT IT WAS OVER 14lb , THE CAT HAD DOUBLED IN WEIGHT IN JUST ONE YEAR.

THIS HUGE WEIGHT GAIN CARRIED ON FOR 6 OR 7 YEARS, NOT MANY ANGLERS WERE TARGETING THE CATS BUT SOME WERE BEING CAUGHT ON CARP GEAR, THE CLUB RECORD WAS BEING BROKEN TIME AND TIME AGAIN.

AFTER THE FIRST 20lb MOGGY WAS CAUGHT IN 1996 I THOUGHT THERE MIGHT BE SOMETHING IN THIS AFTER ALL, I STARTED TO THINK HOW TO CATCH THESE FISH WITHOUT BEING BUGGED BY CARP, AT THE TIME THE BIGGEST BOILIE YOU COULD BUY WAS 20mm ,  WE TIED FIVE BOILIES TOGETHER BUT THE CARP WERE STILL GETTING HOLD OF THE BAITS AND CAUSING FALSE RUNS, SO I WENT OUT AND BOUGHT A BAG OF BASE MIX, I THINK IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY IT WAS THE 50 / 50 BIRD SEED MIX, WE THEN PROCEEDED TO MAKE OUR OWN BAIT UP, WE STUCK TO THE BASIC CARP MIX BUT MADE THE BAITS MUCH BIGGER, 30mm BAITS WERE STILL GETTING PICKED UP BY CARP, 35mm WE WERE GETTING FALSE RUNS, 40mm AT LAST, NO TAKES FROM CARP ! ! !    SO WE HAD THE BASIC SIZE OF BAIT NEEDED.

THINGS THEN PROGRESS TO FLAVOURING, WHAT DO CATFISH LIKE ? A STRANGE QUESTION, AT THE TIME THERE WERE ONLY A FEW DEDICATED CAT ANGLERS WHO WOULD ONLY DROP A HINT HERE AND THERE OF WHAT TO USE, SO WE  AGAIN WENT BACK TO BASICS CATFISH EAT FISH, BOTH ALIVE AND DEAD, SEA AND FRESH WATER, WE WENT TO OUR LOCAL SUPERMARKET AND BOUGHT A JOB LOT OF FISH, LOTS OF DIFFERENT VARIETIES,

WITH A PROCESS THAT TOOK TWO YEARS TO PERFECT ( BUT STILL GOES WRONG AT TIMES ) WE MADE OUR BAITS UP, THINGS WERE A BIT SLOW ( HOPELESS MORE LIKE ) THERE WAS SOMETHING MISSING FROM THE BAIT, THE BAITS WERE VERY FISHY AND LASTED FIVE HOURS OR SO IN THE WATER ,BUT SOMETHING WAS NOT QUITE RIGHT ON THE BAIT FRONT .

ALL SUMMER WE TRIED EXPERIMENTING WITH THE BAITS, WE EVEN ROPPED IN A FEW FRIENDS WHO WERE STARTING TO BE INTERESTED IN WHAT WE WERE DOING, THIS WAS TO OUR ADVANTAGE, WE COULD TRY OUT LOTS OF COMBINATIONS OF ADDITIVES AND FLAVOURS IN A MUCH SHORTER TIME, EVENTUALLY IN LATE SEPTEMBER WE FINALLY HIT UPON A COMBINATION THAT GOT SOME RESULTS.

WE THEN AFTER A GOOD AUTUMN FISHING HAD TO WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT SPRING, A 50oz BAG OF BASE MIX WAS ONLY MAKING  20 TO 30 BAITS DEPENDING HOW BIG THEY ARE, THIS WAS GOING TO COST A FORTUNE SO THIS YEAR WAS ALL ABOUT FINDING A BASE MIX THAT WOULD DO THE JOB, LUCKILLY ENOUGH ONE OF OUR LOCAL CARP ANGLERS  ( L.R. ) ( YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE ) CAME UP WITH A REALLY SIMPLE IDEA, SO WE WENT TO OUR LOCAL PET STORE AND BOUGHT A SACK LOAD £15 FOR 25kg CANT BE BAD, WE MIXED A FEW BAITS UP AND GAVE THEM TO A FRIEND, HE SAID TO US THE NEXT MORNING THAT IT WAS JUST MAD LAST NIGHT 4 DAMN CATS, THE BUZZERS( WHICH WERE SET TO GO OFF AT THE SMALLEST MOVEMENT) WERE GOING OFF ALL NIGHT !!

WE COULD NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THIS WAS HAPPENING, SO WE WENT TO A LAKE THAT WAS CRYSTAL CLEAR , CLIMBED UP A TREE AND SLUNG A COUPLE OF HAND FULLS OF BAIT OUT TO THE END OF THE TREE, AND WAITED, ONLY 10  OR SO MINS. AFTER WE THREW THE BAIT OUT THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF SMALL ROACH AND RUDD AROUND THE BAITS. SOME OF THESE WERE 2lb FISH.WE COULD SEE THEM NUDGING THE BAITS, THE CARP CAME IN AND DID THE SAME ABOUT QUARTER OF AN HOUR LATER, WE COULD NO BELIEVE HOW ATTRACTIVE THE BAIT WAS TO FISH IN GENERAL, THIS WOULD EXPLAIN THE CONSTANT NUDGING OF OUR FRIEND LINE THAT NIGHT.

AGAIN THIS WAS A BONUS, IF WE COULD MAKE THE BAITS HARD ENOUGH TO WITHSTAND THIS MOVEMENT WE HAVE GOT IT CRACKED ! ! , THE MAIN THING CATFISH ARE ATTRACTED TO IS MOVEMENT AS OUR NEWLY DISCOVERED BASE MIX ATTRACTED SO MANY SMALL FISH ,                      CATS COULD NOT RESIST THIS MOVEMENT AND FRENZIED FEEDING, BY THIS TIME WE WERE USING SOME BASE MIX AS A PASTE IN AN EFFORT TO ATTRACT SMALL FISH, BINGO ! OUR PLAN HAD COME TOGETHER.

WORD GOT AROUND THE CIRCUIT THAT WE WERE CATCHING REGULARLY AND IN OTHER VENUES AS WELL,AS OUR OWN, WE WERE GETTING ASKED BY ANGLERS ON THE BANK IF WE WOULD MAKE SOME BAIT FOR THEM, AND WELL THE  STORY CONTINUES TO THIS DAY, WE HAVE MADE SOME IMPROVEMENTS TO THE BAITS,  INTRODUCED MORE FLAVOURS, AND TO CAP IT ALL, I HAVE FINALLY BEATEN MY PARTNERS PERSONNAL BEST OF 67lb ( SHE ALWAWYS IN THE PAST HAS CAUGHT THE BIGGER CATS) ?

THIS IS HOW WE STARTED MAKING BAITS, WE HAVE NOW SUPPLIED A FEW TV NAMES, THE MAIN CHANGE IN RECENT YEARS, IS TO THE SIZE OF BAITS PRODUCED, CATS ARE REGULARLY BEING CAUGHT ON PELLETS  80mm OR MORE IN DIAMETER

TIGHT LINES, BE SAFE AND AND HAVE A GOOD TIME !

MARTIN @ ZAK BAIT

 

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