Hi Guys.Just testing the water with this and would like your opinions.
I'm being pestered by fishing buddies and old customers to get back into the bait making game, I used to design baits for a couple of now defunct bait companies, the most successful of which was a company called Eurotec which did rather well with both Carp and Barbel baits. We used to make Tref West's Barbel pastes and had several noted Barbel anglers on our books, Chris Ponsford, Dave Mason to name a couple.
I haven't made commercially for about 4 years but have carried on developing baits for my own and close friends use with a good deal of success. I now have a few baits that I am more than happy with, are easy to use and very different to anything else on the market.
Firstly I have the original Eurotec stick and method mix (S&M mix). This is a high fishmeal and crustacean ground bait and is hugely versatile and massively attractive it was originally designed as a PVA stick mix but because it binds so well it doubles up as a cracking method mix, after a bit of experimenting we found that it will hold loads of particles which makes it an excellent long range ground bait mix, it can be mixed with pellets and adds extra attraction to PVA bag or spod mixes, some of my mates have mixed up as a slop and used it as a spod mix which leaves a massive cloud of food signals yet very little in the way of food.
Dips. I have always messed about with dips and soaks as a means of adding extra attraction. I now have a minamino based dip that is so thick you could almost cut it with a knife, it sticks to a bait like S**t to a blanket yet slowly dissolves and sends masses of attraction into the water over a long period of time. The only complaint I've had is that it's to sticky, it is messy stuff but works well.
Paste mix. This is just food again hugely attractive, very high fish meal content and stinks to high heaven, the real beauty of this mix is that you take the powder with you and mix it on the bank with water and it makes a cracking smooth easy to use paste, you can put it of a hook, wrap it round a boilie or a pellet and it dissolves slowly leaking loads of smell into the water.
What I'm considering doing is selling the bait via agents, I don't want the aggro of sending a kilo here and a kilo there the P&P cost make the bait expensive and you end up being a busy idiot with no time to yourself, so what I'm thinking if I can get a few anglers who want to make a bit of extra money for themselves, the agents buy in bulk at trade price and then sell it on, on the bank, car boot, ebay, down the pub or where ever, There would be a website and Facebook page with agents contact details etc. I would also get promotional stuff done, send bait to mags and get reviews done by well known anglers etc etc.
OK, so tell me what you think and ask any questions.
found an old review of the Eurotec stuff on Barbel fishing world.
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