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Timar mix Mango and Melon method pellet box

The method pellet box contains high-quality micropellets, which, due to their high content, serve as a real treat for fish. The box also contains the liquid aroma needed for pellets and spreads extremely fast, even in cold waters, and certainly attracts the attention of fish that feed in the area. The box contains + 50 ml of liquid and pellets 7-9 mm.

When I opened the box it smelled nicely of the fruity aroma of mango and melon. I have never used this product before and i think it will be interesting for fish.

I poured the pellets with liquid and left them to soak for about 20 minutes. My camera recorded a blurry video unfortunately I couldn’t post photos with the whole feeder system. So I will present my feeder fishing system in the next blog (with a different pellet flavor).




Some Timar mix product at this link https://ebay.us/D8Vc8i .


For bait I used sweet corn (tortilia mix can in which I added a pinch of salt befor fishing). With the hook pellets added in the box I had no success so I preferred to fish with sweet corn. I will use pellets on my next fishing.



The biggest carp of the day









Evening is approaching

Towards the end of the fishing there were some pellets left in the box. For the next fishing I will store them in the fridge.

The end of today’s fishing.

Till next time …

…… tight lines and wet nets!

Author: Marina Kropec


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My opinion is that the most important piece of fishing equipment is the monofilament. You can have the best baits, boilie, rods, reels, rod pod, bait alarm,… but if we do not change the monofilament regularly there is a high probability that you will lose fish more often. Why? Monofilament is exposed to sunlight, other weather conditions, underwater structures (stones, branches, shells, …). The consequence is: it loses strength, resistance and strength of the knot is poor, it becomes harder and so on. So it is very important to change it regularly at least once a year or more (depending on how many times you go fishing).

Very good monofilament can be bought from 5€ / 5.8$ (300m / 328yd), so there is no such cost. Some brands of monofilament have a pretty high price, but in my experience we pay the price of the brand. Good advertising makes demand higher and thus the price of the product higher. Of course, the decision is yours which monofilament to choose, try different brands and you will find out which monofilament suits you best.

My choice: Sufix Carp Spirit M-TX (0.35mm)

Which monofilament for carp fishing to buy? I was looking for cheaper nylon (around 10€ / 11.60$ ) with a longer length (1000m). I decided to buy Carp spirit M-TX monofilament. I decided to buy it just by feeling without any advice from the seller or any other advice from internet.

When I got the package (monofilament) in the mail I basically didn’t expect anything special. But I was wrong as I got more than I expected. More in the pictures below.





Monofilament is protected from external influences by strong plastic.



In addition to monofilament, there are additional instructions for making different knots.

At the knot just pull and you have the monofilament ready.



Because I don’t need so much new monofilament on the reel (maximum 250m / 273yd) I use the old monofilamen on which I spool the new one. I usually use an old fishing rod which is more than great for this job.

To connect the old monofilament with the new one I use a double grinner knot or double uni knot. Monofilament needs to be always moistened before you make a knot, because this prevents damage to the monofilament (friction) and then pull both ends slowly to make a knot.

Of course, you can also use other types of knots that you prefer.



I don’t put the monofilament in the water because I haven’t noticed a difference and I don’t practice it anymore. When the monofilament is on the reel, I just clip it and cut it off. Now the reels are ready for fishing.

Fishing time 😎

My opinion after the first fishing trip:

  • ✔ sinks like a brick
  • ✔ excellent for long distance casting (75g / 2.65oz inline lead reaches distances with a rig of over 100m / 109yd)
  • ✔ excellent knot strength
  • ✔ poorly visible in water
  • ✔ medium soft hardness

Till next time …

Tight lines!


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Which mix to use to attract fish, bought or mixed at home? A question to which there is essentially no answer. Probably many people will think that the easiest way to buy a ready-made mix of proven companies and just mix it up when we go fishing. I partly agree, as companies test mixes on different lakes and rivers and invest a huge amount of time and money to get the final product. How successful the mix is is then measured at various fishing competitions.

For those who do not compete, fish for their own enjoyment and enjoy preparing their fishing mixes, this post may be interesting and help someone prepare their fishing mix. I have to say in advance that I haven’t done this mix yet and it’s basically a test mix that I will test in practice and then post my results in a future post. Most of the dry ingredients in this mix I also used in my boili mixes.

Let’s start with mixing 😎

Ingredients in my mix:

For the basic mix I used the cheapest mix from Timarmix company, based on tigernuts. I have been using their products for some time and they are pretty good. As the products from this company are probably available in some shops in Europe you can add any basic mix of your choice which is available in your local fishing shop.





In the Timarmix are dehydrated tiger nuts, which adds an extra attraction to larger fish (carp, barbel, grass carp,…).



I used CC Moore Supergold 60 in my mix, which, as the name suggests, has more than 60% protein, binds the mix perfectly and in short contains a lot of substances for the normal development of carp andother fish species. If you do not have this type of flour you can replace it with fish meal.

CC Moore Meggablend Red is a blend of bird food as it contains various seeds, oils, vitamins, minerals, proteins and more. An excellent red flour that has super binding properties.

Hemp flour is slightly greasy and has a very intense smell. It speeds up the digestion of fish and because it has no binding properties, the food balls at the bottom dissolve faster.

Buckwheat flakes have a special smell and a lot of protein, but poorly bind the mix.

For the rough structure of the mix I added crushed boilies which I crushed with a Korda Krusha.

I added vanilla pudding because of the flavour, the binding of the mix and the cloud in the water.

Excellent powder concentrate and stimulator



CC Moore Blood powder contains high nutritional value of crude protein, has fine granulation and very well binds mix.



Cinnamon is a great addition to the mix, as it not only smells nice, it is also a great attractor for fish.

Since it has long been known that carp and of course other species of fish adore chili powder so this addition is almost a must in any mix.

When all the ingredients are in the container, mix them very well and store the final mix in a closed container until I go fishing.

In this first part I described my preparation of the dry mix for fishing. I will test this mix for feeder and groundbait fishing. Before fishing I will probably add pellets and sweet corn to this mix. I will write more about this in the second part and report the results in the next post.

Till next time …

Tight lines!


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Maple peas (also known as carlin peas, brown peas, pigeon peas) were very popular as a fishing bait in the 70s and 80s of the last century. Then their use decreased and most anglers started using other modern carp fishing baits.

Maple peas are now widely used as food for racing pigeons. It is also used in the human diet in a variety of dishes. However, its use in fishing is slowly returning as bait and mostly as part of the partickle mix. They contain a lot of protein, vitamins, sugars, carbohydrates, oils, fiber…



Preparation of maple peas for soaking in water

Let’s start with the preparation.



I found among maple nuts: 👉 corn and green peas.

Fill the container with water until the maple peas are covered.

Soaking

Now soak them for 10 to 30 hours. The longer we soak them in water the less time they will cook.



After 6 hours of soaking

They already look great.


After 21 hours of soaking

They are almost ready to cook. Only a few hours of soaking remain.

They look like mini boilies 😎.

Finally it’s time to cook the maple peas…………..

After 26 hours it’s time to cook.

Advice for hook bait: They soften a lot already during soaking, so I recommend that if you want to have them for hook bait (especially recommended if you are fishing with a hair rig or similar rig), you don’t need to cook them at all or let them cook for a maximum of 3 minutes (depending on how long you soaked them).

…………. and I add some extra ingredients before cooking 👩‍🍳👨‍🍳.

I just added an example of what I add to maple peas or other particles. If you want, you can add ingredients to your liking or simply add nothing more to the maple peas. Otherwise, the maple peas already have their own specific flavour so you can easily skip this step.



Cooking time of maple peas is very short. When they boil let them simmer for about 10 to 20 minutes. Check regularly with your fingers if they are already soft.

I advise you to drain the hot water as soon as you finish cooking the maple peas, as the maple peas may be too soft if left in hot water. Of course you save the water in which you cooked the nuts and cool it then add the chilled nuts back to it. It would be real nonsense to discard this water and add fresh water.

if you will only use nuts for feeding, I recommend cooking them so that they are very soft or, as chefs would say, overcooked. I therefore recommend that carp and other fish can digest them quickly without any problems and then return back to feeding.

If you want to ferment them after cooking let them stand in water for 2 to 4 days. Ddepending on the temperature of the air in the room or outside. The higher the temperature the sooner they will ferment. I usually let them stand in the water for 2 – 3 days. You can also cook them in larger quantities and store them in the freezer (if you have enough space in it).

Advice: If they are very soft that they can be easily crushed by hand they are a great ingredient for groundbait, hook paste, spod mix, feeder, pva bags, … The possibilities of using cooked maple peas are considerable, you just have to try different ways and find out how the fish like them prepared on the water where you fish.



Try it, you will not regret

If you have not yet decided to cook them, you do not have time, or you are in a hurry to go fishing, you can buy ready-made ones in the store and thus be convinced of their success in fishing for barbel, carp, grass carp, tench and other coarse fish species.

If you want cheap, nutritious and bait that stands out from the crowd I recommend you try them the next time you go fishing.

Till next time …

Tight lines!


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This time I went fishing on a commercial lake. Fishing matches are also common on this lake, so there are plenty of fish in this lake. Because there are many smaller carp in the lake, it is so much harder to catch carp over 4 pounds. The 4 pound carp really isn’t big, but on this lake it’s a real challenge to catch it. Some anglers say there are also grass carp in the lake, but I haven’t seen or caught any in all these years. Maybe I catch a grass carp on my next fishing trip, who knows, anything is possible.


I have already written about this lake on my blog in one of the previous posts, click: Boilie waggler Carp fishing – if you want to read this post.

Happy day

Weather:

  • Air temperature: max 24°C
  • Wind: 12 km/h
  • Precipitation: slight rain showers during the day, evening, heavy rain

I mix groundbait before I start fishing. During this time when I prepare my fishing rod and other fishing equipment, the groundbait slowly moistens.

Prepared landing net before start fishing is important especially when fishing alone and it’s so much harder to put together a landing net when we catch a fish. My advice is to prepare everything you need for fishing and then start fishing.

I decided to use a 0.5 gram float for fishing today. Lightweight, sensitive and visible, perfect combination for today’s fishing 👍.

The first carp caught after a few minutes of fishing. The beginning is promising.



Spawning time

In addition to hook baits I had with me, wild strawberries grew nearby. I didn’t eat them all, so I used some of them as bait on a hook.

The most beautiful part of float fishing for me is enjoying nature, observing the float and of course catching fish or two.



In addition to groundbait, I also fed the fishing spot with home-made particle. Because there are quite a few fish in the lake they ate the fishing food quickly. That the fish were active I noticed after the muddy water rising to the surface. I didn’t have a specific feeding timing, I only fed by my feeling.



And the float disappeared beneath the surface ………. fish on 😎🐟.

One of the many carps I caught that day. Happy day 🙂.

Damage to the gill cover probably occurred during spawning. In this case, we must be very careful that the antiseptic does not get between the gills. If we do not apply the antiseptic carefully, we can do more harm than good. If you are not skilled in this procedure, you better not apply anything.


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While waiting for the fish bite, it’s time for a hot challenge. But they’re not as hot as I expected. Maybe next time I’ll try to catch some fish on these Smoki Fun Hot Challenge.



Perfect, the groundbait ball landed nicely next to the float.

It started to rain and the fish became very hungry.

Because it started to rain heavily, I decided that I would end up fishing that day. For that day I caught quite a few carp, I didn’t count how many. The number of carps is not even important to me, but the fact that I was by the lake and enjoyed fishing to the maximum.

Tight lines!


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Don’t throw away the water in which you have boiled boilie

In the water in which we boiled the boilies there are a few traces and flavours of the ingredients from which the boilies are made. Most anglers use different types of seeds (corn/maize, hemp, tiger nuts, wheat, barley, buckwheat, chickpeas, lentils, bird seed mix and many more) for fishing, so this is a great opportunity to soak seeds in the water after boiling boilies.

The process of soaking and cooking the seeds is very easy:

First put the desired amount of seeds into the water but make sure that the seeds are covered with water (ratio 1 : 2, seeds : water). It may happen that the seeds absorb all the water in a few hours. Depending on the type of seed, as some absorb more water than others. In this case just add water and mix the seeds with spoon for better water absorption. It is very important not to cover the container in which we soak the seeds (various gases come from seeds). The time of soaking the seeds is very different (from 0 to 48 hours), it depends on the type of seed. We can also add various additives to the water, but I don’t think that’s even necessary.



One example: a tiger nut is soaked for at least 24 hours (best 48 hours), lentils are soaked for 1-3 hours.

Once the seeds are soaked it is time to cook. Also the cooking time of seeds is very different. Some seeds are cooked after just a few minutes (wheatbuck), and some take more than 40 minutes (tiger nuts) to cook.



How do we know if the seeds are cooked? Very easy to check by taking one or two seeds out of the water and trying to cut it in half with your fingernails or fork. If it goes very easily apart it is cooked. There are some exceptions such as the tiger nut, which is also cooked with a fingernail or fingers quite difficult to halve.

When the seeds are cooked, leave them in hot water and cover with a lid. When the seeds have cooled, they usually absorb additional liquid, so it is important that the seeds are covered with water. When the seeds cool, remove the lid on the container.

If you do not go fishing in the next few days (of course we need to store them in a cool place or refrigerator), store the seeds in the freezer until the next fishing. Before use, just put them out of the freezer about 12 hours before.

In this way we can prepare excellent fishing bait in an easy and cheap way. Now that we have boilies and partickles we are ready to go fishing.

Tight lines!


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Well, we’re going fishing, fishing gear and food packed……….

This year’s winter temperatures are quite high but also very windy and rainy in my country. When I was planning to go fishing the weather got worse (as usual with a strong wind) and I had to postpone fishing several times. The forecast for Sunday was 16 degrees and sunny, the perfect day to go for my first winter fishing this year. Finally, I go fishing.

And Saturday came and with it the change of weather for Sunday (again a strong wind and showers). my boyfriend and I quickly decided to go fishing Saturday. Better a few hours fishing than nothing. We get our fishing gear quickly in the car and go fishing, finally.

When we got to the fishing spot I first prepared a groundbait for carp fishing. I have already prepared a groundbait dry mix at home (a combination of different ready-made mixes and other ingredients). I added some pellets and a little amount liquid krill additive to the mix. I slowly added lake water to the mix (mix thoroughly until a nice consistency and texture is achieved).

When you add water to the mix, you should always use the water from your fishery . Due to the different chemicals, I do not recommend that you use tap water or at least boil it before use.



While the groundbait was slowly getting wet, we prepared fishing rods and everything else needed to finally start fishing.

When we started fishing, the wind started to blow more and more. Hoping that the wind won’t affect the carp appetite too much and that at least one will be on the fishing mat.



I used pop ups of my own making (testing) and bought at the fishing store.

I used a naked helicopter system on both fishing rods. Instead of carp fishing lead I used a light method feeder lead (30gr or 1oz) filled with groundbait. I had already modified the feeder lead at home so that I could use it as a normal carp lead with a swivel.

Gusts of wind became more and more frequent and stronger. Hmmm , the wind forecast was for tomorrow. But maybe the weather scientists were wrong again.

Later I added some sweet corn to the groundbait and then fed each fishing spot with two groundbait ball and every half hour one smaller ball with fishing catapult (amazon link). Carp and similar related fish eat very little in the winter, so I adjusted the amount of food accordingly. Hoping that the food will tempted any carp or fish of any kind 🙏.

Hoping that the sun’s rays will awaken some carp to feed.



My boyfriend and my best fishing companion put some food around the lead, which later turned out to be a great decision. After 20 minutes the top of the fishing rod bent and a bite alarm sounded…..fish on 😃. After a short fight, the mirror carp showed up ( heavy between 4 to 5kg or 8 to 11 pound), but luck didn’t last long as just before the landing net the hook got rid of it 😲. Let’s try to catch another one…

When the sun hid behind the clouds it became cold.

Except for a few slight beeps, there were no more bites that day. It was getting dark and it was time to pack the fishing gear and go home.

Nevertheless, a wonderful day was spent by the lake and the view of the beautiful sunset at the end of the fishing day is invaluable to me.


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Nowadays when fishing shop are more or less very stocked with a variety of carp fishing bait (pop up boilie, wafters, ready made boilies, hook pellet, frozen boilies, dumbell,…) today many people do not even think about doing the bait themselves.

Are we always satisfied with the carp fishing bait purchased at the fishing shop? My opinion and answer is no.

In my test I used a basic pop up mix to make pop – up boilies. But I added quite a few other ingredients to this basic mix. I can’t write recipe for this pop – up boilie mix, because unfortunately i just tried something without measuring the exact weight in grams. I know my mistake, which I will correct and write in the near future.

But I can write the names of the dry ingredients I added to the basic mix and you can try it for yourself:

I’ve added quite a few ingredients, but you don’t have to use everything in your mix. I like to try different ingredients so my mixes are sometimes very extreme.

Video How to make pop up boilie on my YouTube channel, to watch the video click below 👇👇👇👇👇👇:



Equipment for making pop up boilies:

  • fork, mixing bowl, towel or kitchen cloth, saucepan, kitchen mesh strainers or similar to capture boilies from boiling water, boilie rolling table or your hands 🤲
  • The first step is to crack one egg (or more, depending on the amount of pop up mix) of any size.


  • Mix the egg well. Air bubbles improve the buoyancy of a pop up boilies.




  • Mix all the liquid ingredients together.
  • Slowly add the dry mix, but not all at once.
  • I added too little mix so it looks liquid, so i add some dry mix.




  • Better to slowly add the mix until the paste is compact and no longer sticks to your hands.
  • The pop up boilie paste is made and I left the paste for about 24 hours. Otherwise, about 30 minutes is sufficient for the ingredients to bind and absorb the liquid.
  • Boilie I made by hand, without the use of bait rolling table and extrusion guns (even with such a small amount, this is not necessary).
  • The water is already boiling and the boilies are ready for cooking.
  • Pop up boilies should be placed in boiling water and in such a quantity that the water does not cool when placed in boiling water (that the water is still hot and quickly starts to boil again).
boiling pop up
  • Boil for 1 – 3 min, depending on the size of the boilies (the larger the diameter of the boilies, the longer they boil). In my case they boiling for 1 – 2 min.


  • Place cooked on towel to cool and dry. Do not load boilies on top of each other, it is very important to cool them as soon as possible.
  • The pop up boilies will now dry about 3 – 4 days. Because there are no preservatives in boilies they will be stored in the freezer.
  • If you want harder pop – up boilies they need to be dried longer (at least 3 – 8 days). The drying time of the boilies also depends on the mix itself, the cooking time, the air temperature, egg size, moisture, … .

There is something special about catching carp on a boilie of your own making. It is true that it takes quite a bit of research and search for ingredients in different stores (fishing and grocery stores), but when you hear that beep and see the curved tip of the fishing rod, at that moment all the effort is paid off.

In one of my future blogs I will write about how successful my pop up boilies turned out.


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