The bit you should read.

I’ve always been an angler and after around the country moving I wanted to discover and document the best places to fish (where ever I might be) in the way of rivers, lakes, canals and ponds. When previously fishing in South Wales I often fished in club and winter league matches, however living up north presented me with new challenges, venues and angling clubs that I acquainted myself with. Now down in the South West I plan to do the same.

This fishing blog details my angling adventures around the UK (although depending where I am in the country I also sea fish from both Boat and Shore, Carp, Pike and Fly fish). I will be giving a summary of 3 values considered by most anglers as well as the additional Disabled Access rating. Since being diagnosed with CIDP and regaining my motor function Disabled angling and Disabled access is now something I always consider when visiting venues. They will all be rated on a scale of 1* to 5*;

1. Fishability *****

2. Accessability *****

3. Value for Money *****

4. Disabled Access *****

I think these 4 points are the key issues which are readily identifiable with all anglers. Feel free to take a look and add your own comments along the way!

Monday, 23 January 2012

Cheese Paste made easy!

With the definite onset of winter, we begin to use baits which are generally associated with catching fish in the colder months. Moving away from pellets, meat and worm and using the more traditional baits such as bread, maggots and cheese paste. These baits are also used very effectively during the summer months, but tend to come to prominence during in the colder seasons as they have the potential to pick out the specimen fish, whether your quarry be Chub, sizable Roach or maybe the occasional winter Barbel. However, speaking to one of my friends who often fishes for winter Chub he seemed uncertain on how to make cheese paste. As it is a method I intend to use very shortly in my own fishing trips I thought I’d describe a very cheap and easy way to make bait which is suitable for freezing and will last you for plenty of winter fishing trips to come.

You will need;

This is all you need to make Cheese Paste!
½ x Packet of Jus Roll Short Crust Pastry
1 x Block of Blue Cheese (Stilton or Blue Danish something smelly around 200– 250 grams)
1 x Block of Cheddar (I prefer to use a coloured cheese for visual impact, but plain is equally effective around 100grams)
A pinch of salt

Equipment Needed

A cheese Grater
A mixing bowl
A plastic bag / Tupperware box to place the finished article.

Step 1.

The Just roll pastry comes in 2 halves in a packet. You will only need one half for this so put the unused half in the freezer, then depending on how cold you want your hand to get you can either wait for the pastry to thaw slightly (which makes grating easier) or start grating the frozen pastry directly into the mixing bowl!

Step 2.

Grate both cheeses into the bowl adding a generous pinch of salt.

Step 3.

Once all the ingredients are in the bowl, begin to mix together both cheeses and the grated pastry until everything looks evenly mixed. Then begin to knead the mixture together, the more vigorously you do this the more you start to warm the cheese, and although not making it melt it will stretch and squash the grated pieces causing them to smell quite strongly. Continue in this way until you have a fairly stiff consistency which can be moulded into shape.

Ta-da! You have now made cheese paste, this is a lethal bait in both warm and cold temperature and for less than £5 you will have enough bait to see you through a huge number of fishing sessions to come. If you have not used cheese paste before then I suggest before you think to add anything to the recipe, try it as it is and be surprised at how effective just these few ingredients are. After some trial and error you can tart to add all sorts to it, whether it be liquidised garlic, chilli powder/flakes or as some others have tried, fish sauce (be warned this last combination will truly smell and an air tight container or bag is advised). The lump of paste can then be chopped up, sliced, quartered or stored whole in the freezer or fridge until you need. In my case its placed in the freezer next to the deadbaits! It is also advised that when preparing a new batch, keep aside some of the old stuff and add it to the new, it packs that little extra waft of smell which might mean the difference between catching or not.


Simon Hall said...

I have never used paste, how do go on keeping it on the hook in the river at this time of year? (my local the Weaver is very high and quite fast at the mo)

Coarse Fishing Paul said...

Hi Simon, the consistency of this paste is such that it will usually stay on the hook as long as you don't over do the cast. Then again you could put it in a feeder which should see it get out there ok. Some pastes break down when in the water but I've left this paste out there in my local river for some long spells and it comes in a bit paler. If you were still uncertain Korum make bait coils and screws which can be attached either on a hair rig or threaded down on to the shank of the hook. I'm waiting for my local river to go down a bit too. It's a good colour but probably 2 feet to high!

Anonymous said...

thank you very much iv been wanting to know how to make a good cheese paste for ages. tried this caught 12 chub biggest was 3lb 40z was well pleased and iv still got some left over in the freezer

Anonymous said...

Hi Paul , Roughly what size of a cheeseball would you hook up and what would be preferred hook size for Chub as ive never fished for this species before ?? Cheers

Paul Murphy said...

Hi, it depends what size Chub you'll be fishing for. They are very greedy fish and I've taken them on size 6 hooks. Generally speaking I would use a piece of paste starting off at Pea size on a wide gape size 12 or 14 hook, but if I went up to a dice size piece I would use a size 10 or 8 hook. Also when fishing on the river, it can help if you use sinking putting along your hooklength, this will keep you hook bait down on the bottom where the Chub tend to hang around, especially in the colder months.

Anonymous said...

can cheese paste be used for carp???? cheers kev

Paul Murphy said...

Hi, cheese and cheese paste is a very good bait for carp, especially in the winter. Cheese use to be a common bait for carp before the rise of pellets and other pastes.

luke smith said...

Hi i use a very similar recipe but use the water from a tin of sweetcorn and a handful of bread crumb to dilute it a little. a great recipe for pole fishing its a smelly one though. Thanks look forward to seeing and comparing more recipies thanks

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