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Nucleus Baits
Introduction by Rob Maylin
I am pleased to introduce a newcomer to the pages of Big Carp and Free Line
Magazine – Nucleus Baits. Although new to our pages, this company has been
producing top bait for 40 years. Owned by Matt Young and Karl Stokes from
Dorset, their ethos is simple: quality bait made in house.
Over the coming months you will be hearing a lot more from Nucleus Baits.
We have already taken delivery of their complete range, and our field testers,
including me, will be putting each and every item through its paces and reporting straight back to you with our findings. Quite honestly, we were blown away
by the quality of these products as soon as we saw them, very different and
some bespoke, we are itching to get them on the bank.
Karl has very kindly written a brief introduction to the company below, which
includes some fantastic shots of the building of the factory. You can see quite
clearly these two are very passionate, hardworking guys, producing top quality
bait in the UK. Read on… I’m sure Karl’s grandfather would be proud of them
About our company…
Matt and I have fished since we were kids.
Now both in our forties, you could say we’ve
spent a bit of time fishing together and concocting various baits, some terrible and
some, simply put, brilliant. From messing
around with spiced luncheon meat cubes
trying to catch our first “monster” double figure carp to qualifying for the BCAC finals in
2000, we have both shared a passion for carp
fishing and bait making.
This passion naturally started with us
questioning why certain baits worked better
than others, and indeed in some cases, why
they even worked at all. I can remember seeing an old photo of my grandfather holding a
common carp of approx 15lb that he had
caught using a glace cherry. I thought,
what… a cherry?
That, I guess, is where it all started…
Something just clicked, and I wanted to
know more and more. I am to this day, and so
is Matt, never satisfied knowing that something catches fish, we want to know why!
Early trials for me would involve several of
my father’s pint glasses adorning the shelves
of my bedroom at my parents’ house. These
glasses would contain various test baits, all
at various levels of breaking down and doing
their thing.
My poor mother would constantly complain about the stench emanating from my
room, but she really hit the roof when I had a
small “accident” in the garage with a bottle
of amino acid blended with a swan mussel
flavour that I’d sourced. It had leaked onto
the fridge freezer, and sweet lord, it bloody
stank! The odour was so revolting and pungent that it even managed to impregnate the
carpets of her car (parked in the garage). It
literally stank like Grimsby docks for weeks
on end, and our immediate neighbours
would hold their noses in disgust whilst glaring at me as they hurried to their cars.
Flavour of the month (excuse the pun) I was
Early baits that we did really well on at the
time were predominantly paste types of
“specials” – cat food etc, or bound in gelatine
in order to help with attractor leak-off and
texture for casting and longevity whilst submerged. Attractor baits were en vogue at the
time (the good old 50/50), and we soon
started sourcing attractors, proteins and the
like in order to try and improve upon them,
purely because we realised that these baits
never seemed to work very well all year
round or for long-term campaigns.
Looking back, we now see these baits as
sweets; we all like sweets, but we wouldn’t


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