CARPHACK: Make amazing durable floaters

CARPHACK: Make amazing durable floaters

Want floating hookbaits that never lose their buoyancy and can be cast out time and time again? Then these brilliant homemade mixers are perfect...

 The bits you'll need

The bits you'll need

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!

STEP ONE

 Crumble the biscuits and cut up the balsa wood into floater-size cubes

Crumble the biscuits and cut up the balsa wood into floater-size cubes

STEP TWO

 Drill a hole for hair rigging and add a sliver of tungsten putty to counterbalance

Drill a hole for hair rigging and add a sliver of tungsten putty to counterbalance

STEP THREE

 Coat with superglue and roll in the crumbed biscuits

Coat with superglue and roll in the crumbed biscuits

STEP FOUR

 The finished result!

The finished result!