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Well i will usually just re hydrate the hook bait, Just putting it in some Sonus krill for an evening. had a good idea a few days ago, I brought a couple different goo's that have been sitting in the tackle box, i put a few drops in some water and mixed it round and produced quite a coloured cloud, I have since poured this over a few boilies to see the results. I think this would be great going into a PVA stick.

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So do you rehydrate in water for 24 hours and add the krill stuff to it, salt,uncle extract I have heard is good to use along with hemp oil

 

With the goo / additive pin the water which changes the colour and the flavour the fact that your adding it to water would that actually work with PVA due to the water?

 

Do you put all your hook bait completely immersed in water, or just enough to cover them all

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I think its optional really pal, Some will leave it in water for 24 hours as they believe it gives the look of a "freebie" as it will lose colour, for me with the krill i just put in enough drops to cover the bottom of a pot and fill it with boilies, Shake it around a few times over the night, job done.

 

Same with the goo approach. best thing to do is get yourself some small pots and experiment because everyone has a different view, and your only going to trust the approach when you start catching on it! 

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Jay , you can add just about anything to the water when your rehydrating .

A favourite of mine is cc moore's feedstim xp or the activator for whatever boilie your rehydrating .

 

Its unlikely to fool the carp into believing its a safe washed out looking bait but it is likely to add bags of extra attraction .

Coca colas a good un too ...

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Hi

 

This probably sounds a bit of a simple question but do you need to rehydrate your boilies after you have air dried them

 

What is the best things to use and once you do that and put them back in your bucket on long sessions do you run the risk of them going off?

You don't have to, but many do.

 

It can increase attraction by rehydrating them in hemp liquid or the like, but I used to use them as my freebies straight out the air dry bag. They don't travel as far out the throwing stick or catty, and can split. Also for hookbaits they can take on water faster than frozen baits, and so come off the hair easily, but that can be prevented by meshing them.

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Unless you're going for a week, I don't see the need for air drying.

 

I make the boilies, leave them to cool down for about 4-6 hours then freeze them.

Defrost them the day I'm going fishing (Normaly during the day on a Friday, ready for after work). Once all if the frosting (For want of a better word) has gone from the plastic bag that they are frozen in, they are transferred to an air dry bag which is left hanging up during the day, with the boilies moved around every so often, and is then zipped up and stored in my bivvy at night.

The boilies are perfectly fresh for the entire 48 hours.

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Right I've tried air drying, took them to the lake and couldn't grind them or anything obviously because they were so hard

 

This tells me that you need to rehydrate if you want to use in a mix for spodding etc

Or crush them into pieces before you air dry them :wink:

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Thought i'd bump this up again rather than start another thread with a little rehydrating question.

 

I'm slowly airdrying a few k of boilies for two reasons really , firstly so that i can add a little extra during the rehydrating process and secondly to free up some freezer space .

 

I know air dried boilies will pretty much last forever if looked after but where do you store them once yours are Rockard ?

 

Just curious really . Usually i would just leave em in the airdry bag but on this occasion i have a few more than a bag full .

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I rehydrate my boilies with the liquids that was used to make them.

 

Those I don't use on the water - I take home and re-freeze.

Hi 'nip , i dont refreeze any of my boilies any more .... Not wishing to deliberatley open up another can of worms ( but im going to anyway ) :) , Nick got to me on that one , and im not totally convinced that its healthy for the Carp :) :) :wink:
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Pillow case, maybe?

Yes mate thats a pretty good suggestion .

As im airdrying em ( and im letting em go rockard first ) im slinging em in a 10 litre bait bucket in the shed .

What i really want is for somebody to tell me that they arent going to sweat and go manky :)

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Yes mate thats a pretty good suggestion .

As im airdrying em ( and im letting em go rockard first ) im slinging em in a 10 litre bait bucket in the shed .

What i really want is for somebody to tell me that they arent going to sweat and go manky :)

Not if you put a handful of rice in there, or even a couple of silica gel bags. They absorb water and prevent them going mouldy

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When I said take them home and refreeze - I should have said after a 72 hour session. Normally if its a week or more then I don't bother refreezing. Just hang them up in a bag. Which just so happens to be the same height as my youngest who is 6"7. He often walks in to the bag and for some reason he sees fornicating boilies. I think that's what he says. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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I did a little experiment last night/today , purely because i had nothing better to do .

 

Im not sure if it is of any interest , and the pics are bad quality but i'll post it anyway :)

 

I took one of my 20mm boilies which has been in an airdrying bag for a few weeks now and was as hard as a bullet and had shrunk to about 14mm diameter.

 

I filled up a small glass bowl with cold water from the tap and tossed it in.

I expected it to be hydrated enough ( say to push a baiting needle through ) within a couple of hours , which is my previous experience with a different boilie.

It was actually 12+ hours before i considered it soft enough to needle and the water was still as clear as you like yet the boilie did appear to have a slightly washed out look , didnt picture that though i should of .

I then added a few Layers pellets and Rabbit pellets just out of curiosity .

 

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And within a few minutes looked like this

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I then decided to break the boilie up in my fingers ,stirred the water about a little bit with my finger without touching the bait in an attempt to simulate a Carp flapping its fins over the bait (as they do) and left it for a minute or too.

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The water , after breaking the boilie up had an Orangey tint within a couple of mins .

 

What did i learn ? If i dont glug my hookbait i'll make sure its "skinned" .

And if im going to use pellets i'll make sure i use a variety of types so that they break down at diffrrent times though .

Oh and the boilie that had shrunk 6 mm through airdrying had expanded to 22mm after rehydrating which is bigger than before it all began ..

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