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Rotary Letter
and I’m around then I’ll be happy to
do it again. So I have changed my
mind on carp matches in the right situation with the right people. As Lee
says, his Solar Red Army must have
been great and congratulations on
becoming World Champion.
Speaking of Lee, I love his contributions to the letter; he’s always got
great things to say and is very informative with all his years of carp angling.
Just picking up on a point he made
about the milk protein casein being
one of the main constituents of milk
protein baits. Yes it is, of course, and
also lactalbumin, which was another
main constituent. Lee mentions not
being able to get hold of the sulphuric
acid precipitated casein that he used
to use and which he had devastating
results on. I’m not disagreeing with
Lee, but the point I’m trying to make
is don’t worry too much about what
it’s precipitated by. Casein comes in
two grades basically – edible and
inedible. Now inedible speaks for
itself; you don’t eat it, and most if not
all of the casein that I see being sold
these days is inedible casein. It’s the
stuff that’s used for glue and for making buttons and all sorts of other
things. It doesn’t matter what it’s
used for – that’s immaterial – it’s the
word inedible that sticks in your
March Pad Lake original caught when the light levels increased.
m i n d . Yo u c a n ’t e a t i t ; i t ’s n o t
digestible, and of course it would be
hard for the fish to digest it, so that’s
where the problems come with milk
protein baits these days. I think that
most people that are making them are
using inedible casein. They’re probably only using 2-3oz to a 16oz mix
because it’s quite expensive, but nevertheless they’re putting something
Brace of thirties caught just before the light levels diminished.
in there that’s inedible. So if any of
you guys out there do know of a
source of edible casein in the varying
meshes, 30 mesh being the coarse
stuff and 100 mesh being the fine
stuff, you need both of those really in
a good high protein carp bait.
My final comment before I get
through to this month’s questions is
just really about Sean and Ed’s views
on weedy waters in the winter not
being particularly productive. There
are some good points made by the
rotarians about the reasons, mentioning the fish getting a bit of shelter in
the weed, difficult presentation, and
all this sort of thing. The weed of
course all collapses and lies on the
bottom, but I’m pretty sure it’s down
to oxygen levels and it being too
uncomfortable down there for them.
Weed that’s decaying will deoxygenate the water and fish won’t like it
down there. It’s my view that there
are a lot of reasons why weedy lakes
don’t fish well in the winter.
And so to this month’s questions…
Question 1 from Mr Giles in Birmingham is about it being the mildest
winter on record but still poor catches
in most places, and question 3 from
Mr Smith in Norwich talks about
increasing light levels, and do we
think this makes much difference. I
think I’d like to link those two questions in some way if I may, because I
think they are relevant to each other.
It’s really all about the light levels and
the longer days. Obviously mild


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