Preventing crayfish and poisson chat (in France) from nibbling at your hookbait can be the difference between a great session and an infuriating one.
You'll have no chance of hooking a carp if these creatures have nibbled your bait down to nothing. However, there is a simple solution that takes seconds, and you can make up plenty of hookbaits in advance.
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WHAT YOU NEED
You hookbait(s), scissors, bait floss, some old tights and a lighter are all you need
We're creating a balanced hookbait here by placing half a bottom bait and half a pop-up together, but you can use a single bait if needed.
Push your bait into the tights like so.
Make sure the tights are tightly over the hookbait then tie off using the bait floss.
Snip the excess tights and floss, then blob the knot with a light to keep it secure. The heat will also help tighten the tights around the bait.
You're good to go! Thread the hookbait on like normal. You can make up plenty of this meshed-up baits in advance.