Does your paste pass the finger test? Get the
texture right and you'll bag up.
Paste is one of the summer's top polefishing
baits. Right now, anglers who've got the bait worked out
will be bagging up almost every time they put a line in
the water. In waters containing a variety of carp, from
small fish to lumps, it's the specimens that home in on a
soft, smelly lump of paste. The major problem for
newcomers to paste fishing is mixing it to the correct
texture. All too often they make paste that is to soft and
it falls off the hook before you get it in the water, or
it is so stiff that you miss bites because the hook can't pull through the
bait. Fortunately, Jamie Masson has developed a test that
guarantees you make the perfect paste every time. Tempting
though it might be to 'short cut' don't do it. Leave how
to make the prefect paste below:
Step 1 Scoop an inch or so of lake water into a bait tub.
Don't use tap water as it taint the bait with all sorts of
Step 2 Add a teaspoon of sensas IM5 betaine green liquid
additive. This is optional. If you have a favourite additive
you can use that instead
Step 3 There are lots of ready made baits availabl that
double up as paste powder and groundbaits.
Step 4 Slowly add powder to the water (in the ratio of
approx one part groundbait to three parts water), churning it
until you have a sodden slurry.
Step 5 Many anglers see this runny goo and panic, adding
more powder to stiffen it up. DO NOT DO THIS! Leave the bait to
stand so that the fishmeal soaks up the wxcess water.
Step 6 After five minutes the bait stiffens into a very soft
paste. You'll be able to pick it up but it's still to
soft to use. But things are going to plan!
Step 7 Leave the paste to stiffen for 15 to 20 minutes.
Now's the time to fine tune the perfect hookbait. You can
soften it with a dip of water or stiffen it with a pinch of
Step 8 Cup the paste in one hand and rub your other hand
over it. It should be slightly sticky and slide into a smooth
spread. If it's too stiff it will crumble and won't smear over
Step 9 Cup the paste between your hands, gently pressing for
a couple of seconds. Opening up your fingers, the paste should
be tacky and soft enough to fill the gaps between your
Step 10 Finger marks should run across the paste. If it is
too soft the finger marks collapse, If it's too stiff (the
usual mistake) it will be crumbly and won't have any