16 July, 2014 |
Mixed particles have long been a favourite bait for all anglers. Dynamite’s comprehensive Frenzied range can be used in many ways – on their own or in spod or groundbait mixes. However they can’t be used with PVA without a little bit of preparation first as all the particles are cooked inside the tin with no preservatives!
The result are particles containing only natural juices making them easily digestible and as appealing to fish as possible, but on the flip side they will melt PVA stocking and bags which is of course designed to melt on contact with water. Particles are usually soaked in water before cooking so at the end of the cooking process you are left with a liquid which is packed full of attractors but essentially is mostly water based.
Making particles PVA friendly can be done in a couple of ways either by adding salt or soaking in certain oils or any PVA friendly liquid.
Either way is simple and requires little effort. Begin by draining excess juices/water from your particles – there is no need to waste these, they can be used for boilie rehydration or are brilliant for groundbait mixes. Next all you need to do its add your salt or liquid and leave to stand for a few minutes, job done! The amount of salt or liquid required really depends on which particles you are using and how dry they are. It’s always better to start off with less as you can always add a little more but you can’t easily take it away.
There are other ways of using particles with PVA, for example you can add amounts of groundbait, pellets or crushed boilies to dry out the particles and so long as the mix is not too damp it will hold long enough for you to make a cast. You could also add small amounts to a ready to use stick mix
That said the two methods detailed above (with salt or oils) are handy as you can prepare them before you get on the bank and store the bags/sticks in the same bucket so they don’t dry out. This is where the oils/liquids maybe have the edge as the particles will absorb much more of the liquid allowing a slower release over a longer period of time once on the lake bed.
With the exception of our re-hydration liquids many of our premium dips and liquids will make our particle range PVA friendly long enough to cast/use during your session. If you need something made safe to use with PVA over a longer term then you need to look at neat oils such as our Marine Halibut Oil – also a perfect complement if you are fishing a PVA/ fishmeal boilie approach. You could also try mixing particles that are particularly sweet like maize or tigernuts and blending them with a fish liquid/oil – this has been proven to work well on waters where the fish have seen it all before and you need to do that something a little different to make your bait stand out.
Some of the liquids will change the colour of your particles for example Robin Red with give the particles a spicy kick and take them a deep red colour, Sardine & Anchovy will give them a murky green colouring which is handy for waters where bird life is a problem. Some liquids will give your blend a cloud of attraction which will hang through the water column, CSL and Tigernut are two good ones for this.
CSL is probably the most common liquid used with a particle blend as it is made from fermented grains of maize. Our version is naturally high in proteins and amino acids and has been fermented until the sugars and enzymes start to breakdown.