Bait Soaks & Dips

Bait soaks or dips are a key feature in Carp fishing.  It is one of the best ways to make your hook bait stand out from your freebies, it also helps your hook bait to stand out from another baits on the lake.

My preference for hook baits that I am going soak, is always shelf life bait as I don’t have to worry about keeping them in the fridge or freeze all the time.  I can even take than out of my bait bucket and I soak them in bulk.  I will soak a kilo bag at a time over a period of months before I start to use them.


When I first got my hands on a bottle of Finamino, I was very impressed with the smell and taste.  I instantly grabbed a bag of shelf life Catalyst boilies, which don’t really need a boost however, its nice to have your hook bait stand out from the rest your freebies ( as I have said before), I had already been doing for the past year with the Catalyst Food Dip.

It has certainly helpped my catch rate, in the harder months.

I have found over the years, by testing different ways, that the best way to get your boilies really soaked, is to freeze them and then add the liquid when the boilies start to defrost.  I repeat this process five times.  This is the main reason I use shelf life boilies, as I know this will not effect the make up of the bait and degrade it in any way.


These I keep in the fridge until the bag is half empty and then I start the process with another bag – same dip or another nice new one from the Spotted Fin Range.  Theirs have so many options that you can give you the edge over other anglers.

Hope this Helps


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About richardhandel

I would like to give a brief snap shot of my life and introduce myself; My name is Richard Handel and was born in 1965 in Suffolk. I have worked as a UK Operation & Intermodule Manager for a shipping company. I live in Hampshire now and am married with 2 young children, both girls so I am a bit outnumbered even the cat is a girl! I have been fishing since I was about 7 years old. I started on small local rivers in Suffolk, then moved onto gravel pits and then carp fishing. My personal best is a 39.08 mirror, over recent years I have started river fishing again, on the Hampshire Avon, this is a nice break from the carp lakes. My life has turned a big corner this year, the company I was working for relocated their Operation centre to Estonia. I was offered a job at the head office in London. This would have meant a 5 day commute and working in Stratford. As a family, we did not fancy this, as I would hardly spend any time with the children (and the Mrs). So after 22.5 years, I was given a nice redundancy package and with my wife is working full time. I became the house husband. This has meant a complete turn around in my fishing, as I can pick and choose when I go. I have found a splendid new syndicate to fish this year, which includes 5 lakes and some 8 miles of river with only 150 members. It's an amazing change to the way I am able to fish. I am now trying to start my own tackle business and make a bit of a name for myself in the world of fishing, as I have retired from real work. Richard
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