There are all sorts of dips, glugs and soaks available on the market today or for the more adventurous; various flavours and ingredients for you to make your own, but what’s the best way to prepare a dip and how should the baits be stored? In this piece Gaffer gives some tips for creating the perfect hook bait;
Most people I know pour in all the liquid to a dip to totally cover the pop-ups. However, I do something slightly different (as always!). I drizzle some liquid over all the pop-ups, and then shake the tub, making sure that all the pop-ups have generous coating, but that's all. Leave the coated pop-ups lying around (in their tub) and give them a shake every once in a while. Every couple of days you will find that the pop-ups have soaked up all of the liquid. Simply drizzle some more liquid over the top again and shake.
Keep repeating this process until the soak-up rate of the pop-ups slows down In other words, stop pouring liquid over the pop-ups before they stop soaking up the liquid altogether, so as to not over load the pop-ups with liquid, which may effect their buoyancy. You can use the pop-ups at anytime during this process, which may take a week or two. After a couple of weeks the pop-ups are 'loaded' with liquid and look and feel 'dry'. The absorbed liquid will leak-off nicely in the water, making them ideal single hookbaits for any time of the year, particularly during the colder months. The pop-up-ability(!) of the pop-ups will not be effected using this process.
The pop-ups and liquid will be fine if kept dry (not damp) in their tub. No need to air-dry or anything. The drizzle technique is one that I've used for years. I usually use the left over liquid for coating trout/halibut pellets by putting all the pellets into a big plastic dustbin, drizzle over some liquid, stir up and leave for the liquid to soak in. Repeat every couple of days the same as you did with the pop-ups. The flavoured pellets that you buy, that have the same flavour as the boilies are just pellets sprayed with the liquid anyway, one of Mainlines tricks!
Garth 'Gaffer' Barnard.
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