Well, finally after what seems a total age from our side, our new all singing and all dancing website is finally launched. This was originally planned to commemorate and celebrate the first 10 years of Quest Baits although we have now gone past that mark.
There was another reason of course too. With our minds being focussed at all times on our customers on-line security, we had become aware of big advances in the on-line world, so naturally took the plunge in order to make this new site as secure as we possibly could. We had the relevant security certificates before but now our checkout pages are protected by Norton Secured SSL 128 bit Secure Server, powered by Veri Sign and payments are processed securely by Secure Trading Ltd payment processor. What that means to you and me is that your card details you enter are no longer visible to anyone, not even us taking the order. So a total piece of mind that there is no chance of anyone seeing any of your details on a screen or on a shredded piece of paper in a bin before burning - we have no payment details here at all.
One of the problems of ready made freezer baits is that they can be nearing the end of their most effective life by the time the consumer buys a ‘fresh?’ bag.
I was up and about this morning far earlier than I needed or indeed, wanted to be. I had awoken in that comfortable snuggled state when you know you still have a good hour or so lounging time before the alarm clock will sound. But then my brain kicked in thinking back over this last week-end, for the gods of Sir Izaak had done so much more than smile upon me. They had rewarded me richly with a bumper crop of golden autumn barbel. I couldn’t turn my brain off so it was to be an early rise and soon the tea pot was mashing my favourite Assam/Earl Grey blend. I glanced at the pictures again and really couldn’t believe how incredibly fortunate I had been with my timing. If the truth be told it wasn’t really any sort of judged timing, it was pure fate and poor carp catching conditions mixed with a bit of idleness and lack of motivation that had me fishing for the barbel this weekend.
It is nice once in a while to be able to angle with people we haven’t or rarely get to fish with.
I guess I must have known Bob Brookes for 30 odd years now after swapping many a brown paper bag of fishing tackle for his hard earned, for many years before his retirement. I guess a lot of the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire based anglers used the tackle shop for a little lunchtime therapy after a gruelling morning at work.
I always enjoyed serving Bob, his cheerful face would brighten many a day and one of the minority you could enjoy a sensible relaxed conversation with.
Hang on a minute, time to change tract, it’s starting to sound like a obituary and after watch Bob stomp across the fields the other day with a full pack, shortly after a session in the gym, this is far from being a obituary.
I was sorting my gear out last night for a spot of chub fishing and found the block of Plasticine I used to use and to be honest I had forgotten how useful it is and for how many different jobs I used to use it for.
Here is a little tip for those of you wishing to produce something unique to you and customise your hook baits, plus a real quick and easy way of preparing ‘wafters’ (slow sinking hook baits) or pop-ups.
It is a method I first used on the bank when I felt I needed a hook bait acting differently to what I had at my disposal and since then I have found myself using the method more and more.
Obviously you are also able to add your own little extras this way too.
I have to smile to myself, I have just read a message on facebook which has prompted this Blog. Someone was saying how good it looked for a fish at the moment but they haven’t got a day off for another week.
Well, do you really need a day off?
Jimmy Greaves famously said “Football is a funny old game” and those words could so well have been pointed towards carp angling. Winter carping in particular can be a prime example for throwing up unpredictable outcomes during those long dark winter months.
I love my winter angling, always have. I have tried to analyse this on many an occasion when I am sat there with painfully cold toes and fingers that don’t want to set about packing the frosty gear away. Over the years I have justified my winter angling by telling people I love the fact that it is just me against the fish a lot of the time rather than me trying to slot into a decent area amongst lots of other anglers as can be the case during the summer months.
I have written at length in the past regarding re-hydrating boilies, giving them a drink, softening boilies and so on. In fact it is very rare for me to feed dry boilies on any water that has seen any amount of pressure as I know I can improve their effectiveness with just a little bit of extra effort.
This is a subject I never see covered anywhere despite mentioning it in several of my articles in the past, but it is a vitally important issue which can’t in my mind be repeated often enough.
Carp are cold blooded. This means that the carp is the same temperature as the water it is living in. This affects the carp’s metabolism greatly and is the reason your bait choice is so crucial during the winter months but this is another subject for another place. Humans are warm blooded which means we are warmer than our winter surroundings.