Want floating hookbaits that never lose their buoyancy and can be cast out time and time again? Then these brilliant homemade mixers are perfect...
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This month’s brilliant hack for making perfectly buoyant, everlasting floaters is the brainchild of big carp catching-machine Lee Birch.
The Nash-backed angler cuts small segments from a balsa wood dowel, drills a hole through them (for hair-rigging purposes), covers them in glue, then crumbles up Rich Tea biscuits and coats his ‘mixers’ with the resulting crumb.
CRUCIAL: Lee has found the ‘mixers’ are a little too buoyant in this form, sitting higher on the surface than his freebies.
To counteract this, before coating the mixers in glue he flattens a tiny piece of tungsten putty to their underside. This ensures they sit exactly the same as the freebies, while also retaining their permanent buoyancy. Brilliant!