Just spent the day at Leslie’s of Luton with Archie Braddock showing off some of our Quest Baits products as well as the re-released Archie Braddocks spice blends.
As is usual there were lots of questions and queries from the customers. I had one interesting one which I thought I would relate here.
One guy commented that he had purchased a tub of our Pineapple Crush pop-ups, had caught on them but they appeared to lose their colour quite quickly. I went on to explain that we make them this way on purpose and fortunately with having a demonstration tank full of water with us I showed him why.
Dyes are available in many forms and non-soluble dyes will remain the same colour no matter how long the baits are cast out for. Soluble dyes will start to fade. In my opinion this has two major advantages over baits containing non-soluble dye.
Most of the waters I have fished in recent years the carp respond quicker to baits which look as though they have been out in the lake for a long period. This is the reason why I usually pre-soak my feed baits before use. The dye starting to wash out of the pop-up has two very definite advantages. Firstly it emmits an attractive colour cloud around the bait (I demonstrated this in the tank) and secondly it soon looks ‘safe’ and washed out. Once I showed this in the tank the customer appeared quite satisfied.
Sometimes I want a bait to remain bright in colour and in these instances I simply cut the top off my pop-up and add a cut of piece of artificial bait the same size. This gives all the advantages of a artificial bait but with the greater advantage of the attractors from a proper bait emmitting from underneath. The best of both worlds!