The 2018 Product Release from Bait-Tech

The 2018 Product Release from Bait-Tech is here! It is a list of baits that perfectly fits into the Suffolk-based, family-run manufacturer's extensive portfolio. With one of the largest bait ranges on the market, there is something for every coarse angler to smile about. 

Adding to the exceptionally popular The Juice Range is a fabulous sweet fishmeal groundbait and Pellet wafters. Expanding on the famous and continually successful Special G Range they have added Special G Glug and Soft Hook Pellets to match the 3 groundbaits. 

A new Big Carp Method Mix with ingredients processed with ADF technology. This process maintains the high nutritional quality of the ingredients and makes them highly digestible. This is more efficient and effective than standard fishmeals and Bait-Tech's ADF fishmeals are from human grade quality fish.

Pro Natural Range has another addition: Fine Lake Dark. There is a perfectly formulated range of Stick Mix Liquids, the Bloodworm pellets are exceptional and there is a perfect addition to their infamous particles: Hemp & Sweetcorn.

With another stylish bucket on the list too - it's going to be a another great year for Bait-Tech.

Here is a taster of some of the new products:

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The Juice Groundbait
A new and unique formula based around commercials – fast breakdown, low binding properties. This is a sweet fishmeal groundbait

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Big Carp Method Mix ADF Fishmeal
Contains real pungent fishmeals and fish that have been uniquely processed using ADF technology for instant chemo-sensory attraction.

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Special G Glug
For increased attraction and maximum reaction – this is Special G in a glug! You can use it for anything

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Special G Soft Hookers 
Sinking soft hookers made from Xpands to perfectly match the Special G Groundbaits.

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Stick Mix Liquids
Increase the attraction of any bait with this range of Stick Mix Liquids. Versatile and with the right amount of Stick!

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Groundbait bucket
A new Bait-Tech groundbait bucket to add to an angler's collection. Classic black with a touch of Bait-Tech pink for the lid.


In total there are 15 different bait items and 2 accessories for the 2018 product list which makes this year's release strong and focused. For the complete 2018 product list and more product information please click here.

"We're very happy with the products we are releasing into the market this year" says Managing Director Hayley Goldsmith, "the development work has been an exciting one as we've been working with ADF ingredients - a new way to process ingredients to retain their nutritional value for instant attraction."

Ian Hirst, Sales & Brand Manager comments "For 2018, we focussed on what was missing from the range and we have certainly filled the gap with some brilliant products".

Andy Neal "being involved with product development is a lot harder than you can imagine as there is so much testing and tweaking to be done. The 3 new groundbaits this year are complete winners and I've been testing the Special G Glug for months now and always have a bottle with me. I can't wait for people to start enjoying these products as much as I have been."

Tony Curd comments "For 2018, the brief was simple - fill the gaps and give anglers the baits they need to catch more fish and win more matches. I believe we have done just that - after a lot of testing I'm really excited to see the results these product will help to achieve!"


Rob Wootton discusses the lessons learnt from a tremendous week in Ireland. 


I’ve just returned from another really enjoyable trip to Ireland; this time my destination was Inniscara lake down in the south of the country and the competition was the annual FeederFest, sponsored by ale giant Guinness. 

As the name suggests this event is a feeder-only affair and given the lake’s vast stocks of roach and skimmers, fishing at short range is normally the name of the game. Last year’s event saw me finish in fifth place, not bad considering 100 top feeder anglers were in attendance, but even so I was still keen to improve on this result. 

The week started off a little disjointed as our Saturday ferry was cancelled due to bad weather, meaning that we had to travel a day earlier than expected on Friday. This wouldn’t normally cause an issue but I was due to land back in the UK from a family holiday late on Thursday night. The initial plan was to use Friday as a prep day but that was out of the window, and I’d have to just chuck all the gear in the van and sort it out on the other side of the Irish Sea. 

Anyone who has fished any of the big festivals in Ireland will know just how well run the events are: food is organised, there are signposts to each venue and bait deliveries during the week just help take a weight off the anglers’ shoulders during the week. I’ve got to say the bait is always top-notch too. 

My week went brilliantly on all but the last day; I had some really favourable draws and earlier on in the festival I managed to avoid some really tough areas, something you need to do in a weight-based festival. Things ticked along nicely with me adding sizeable chunks to my total each day, and after day four I was leading the festival by a couple of kilos. Then it happened… my run of good draws ended with a final day on the dreaded Pump House section, a bottomless area that threw a spanner in the works for quite a few people during the week. My return of just over a kilo meant I crept over the line and finished in fifth place again! 

Much of the fishing during the week revolved around catching numbers of small fish short, so I’ve brought editor Smokey Joe out to Naseby for a bit of a recap of the tactics I and many others used during the week.

Go Short

Catching lots of small fish should always be done at the shortest distance possible; during the week in Ireland much of the fishing was carried out at distances of around 20 metres. Obviously, the shorter distance means that everything happens quicker – fish are retrieved quicker, the feeder sinks quicker and you are also more likely to be more active and not become lazy when you’re fishing at such close quarters. Just picking a line and fishing it without thinking isn’t the way to go though, as so many factors come into where you choose to fish, and just like many natural venues Inniscara needed some careful thinking. 

The Right Line

Finding the right depth is vitally important and fishing in water that is just a couple of feet too deep or too shallow can see your results really suffer. Something to bear in mind is that skimmers and bream tend to prefer deeper water while roach want to feed a little bit shallower; if you can find a depth in between where both species are happy to feed then that’s when you’re on to a winner. 

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Holding the rod can be important for roach

I reckon that a 1oz square bomb sinks at roughly two feet per second at these short distances, so by having a cast around at the start of the session and getting a feel for the swim I can try and find that ideal depth where both species feel happy. 

It’s a tricky thing to master though, as in my experience the bream like water of 20 feet or more while the roach often feed happily in just four feet! Every week we fish Inniscarra the magic depth changes, but trying to find a depth somewhere in between these two points is essential and will give you the chance to catch both species. 

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Small-fish work on the feeder is very rewarding. Take time to plumb the swim with a 1oz lead.

The other critical factor that comes into swim placement, especially on shallow venues or when the pegging is tight, is where your neighbours are fishing. I always want my own line and if that means that I have to go a couple of metres further than those around me then I will. On the other hand, if I feel that it’d be better to come closer than those around then I don’t mind doing that either; a line at 15 metres can often outfish one at 20 metres, especially if it’s the correct depth.

The Bait

I’ve already mentioned that the quality of the bait is fantastic when you’re over in Ireland and to every peg you need to take casters, worms, hemp and red maggots to complement your groundbait. There are no hard-and-fast rules for what to put through the feeder, as each day and venue is different; for instance, some days you might need to cram as many casters in the feeder as possible whereas on others you might not feed a single caster. 

I like to be prepared though, so I take plenty of bait to my peg and if needed it’ll get fed. My groundbait mix for this sort of fishing hasn’t changed much for several years: brown crumb, Dynamite Bream Original and Match Black Frenzied Hemp to help darken the mix works really well and can be mixed to different consistencies, which again can help on days when you need to change things around regularly.

Mixing the groundbait to a wet consistency can work very well for roach. The wet mix and its extra cloud can really pull fish into the swim. Always have a spare bowl on your side tray so that you can try tweaking a small handful of mix. This way you don’t ruin the whole mix. 

The Kit 

Short, responsive rods are the name of the game and 11-footers are most people’s choices, mine too. The tips need to be nice and fine to show up the bites, and to help bite detection even more I use braid direct from the reel to the feeder. To catch big weights of small fish you need everything as direct as possible and a light tip and braid direct combo means that you see the bites as quickly as possible. 

By using heavy feeders I can cast in and quickly tighten up to the feeder and see bites as soon as the feeder settles. A long mono shockleader is great when targeting larger fish but for these fast-biting roach you need to be seeing every little flicker on the tip. 

The rig I use is also very simple; the last thing you want in a speed race is a load of tangles so my standard running rig is all that I use, and coupled with a robust hooklength of 0.17mm there’s very rarely a problem with any tangles. A Tubertini Series 18 or a B512 in a size 12 completes my setup. 


A standard Nisa Cage works well and I carry these in all sizes and weights, with the small 28g feeder getting more use than the others. Cage feeders work brilliantly even in deep water and the small plume of bait that exits the cage as it sinks definitely helps draw fish into the peg. This is always my starting feeder but more and more often I’m finding myself chucking window feeders. 

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These feeders are far more versatile than I first realised and while they are great for getting loads of particles into the swim they are also very useful when you’d like to cut back on the feed and feed neat groundbait. Window feeders cast like a dart and also sink a bit quicker, so the whole fishing process is speeded up. I find myself using the two smallest sizes of Dennett Rapid Feeders and by swapping to a cage whenever you feel the peg needs a boost you can really get the most out of your swim.

Interestingly I rarely fed a volume of bait at the beginning of the session. I find in Ireland it’s often better to just fish from the start rather than filling it in at the start. 


Rob's Irish Mix

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1. One part Frenzeid Hemp. Match Black

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2. One part brown crumb 

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3. Mix it on the dry side to start with

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4. The dark andcrumb is perfect for Ireland 

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In Jake’s opinion one of the most important aspects of being successful on the match fishing scene is being able to focus your attentions on a venue, or a handful of venues that suit your style of fishing.

Marukyu, a Japanese manufacturer of high-quality baits and eco-friendly fishing products, is excited to announce the launch of their brand-new range of high-quality groundbaits for natural venue anglers. 

Marukyu is renowned for their high-quality fishing baits and, after working with some of the UK’s top natural venue anglers, have created an extensive range of groundbaits to cover a wide variety of venues, species and techniques.

The new range consists of seven different natural groundbaits, which is available to buy in 2kg and 4kg bags:

Big River




Spiced Breach Punch (1kg bags only)

Fishmeal Bream


Currently being rolled out in tackle shops across the UK, the groundbaits have already generated a big reaction among pro and pleasure anglers, and have begun to enhance their fishing experiences at natural venues. Because of this, Marukyu have started developing additional baits for their natural range, which are expected to be launched later in the year.

Howard Kaye, National Sales Manager, explains why these new groundbaits have been developed by Marukyu’s UK division:

“We have recently been working with some of the UK’s top natural venue anglers and learning about some of the difficulties they face when fishing at natural venues. Based on this research, and seeing a gap in the market, we have created an extensive range of high quality natural groundbaits to cover a wide variety of venues, species and techniques. They have been developed to mix quickly and easy, straight from the bag, and are perfect for any natural venue angler.”

For more information about Marukyu Europe and its range of natural groundbait, please visit www.marukyu.co.uk or call 01269 833030.

Bait-Tech is delighted to welcome three new faces to their team of consultants. With the ever-evolving trends on the UK Commercial Match scene, we feel it is vital to keep on top of this to continue the development of cutting edge bait products to bring to market and stay at the forefront of the industry. 

The latest recruits will help them with the most modern commercial fishery methods and techniques offering a stream of advice we feel is invaluable to us in terms of future products – The domination of F1 orientated fisheries requires a specialised approach and these anglers are synonymous with being at the top of their game when it comes to the species.

Joining Bait-Tech are:


Shaun Little mf
Shaun Little – The Matrix Brand Manager has for long been at the top of the sport and F1 filled venues are where he spends most of his time on the bank. With a love for fishing at speed for large numbers of fish, he is always looking for baits that will increase his catch rate.


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Aidan Mansfield – MAP backed Aidan is one of the brightest young prospects on the UK Match Scene. With Tunnel Barn Farm being his main base, he has an extensive knowledge of the current trends on one of the most competitive venues in the country. Having recently taken on the challenge of the White Acres Festival circuit also we doubt it’ll be long before he is framing regularly there too!


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Mark Malin – Another MAP backed angler Mark has been a consistent performer for many years and has become somewhat of an all-rounder with an individual win in the Thames Championship to his name among many other accolades. Like most anglers, Mark spends the majority of his time fishing on commercial waters and enjoys catching Big Carp and F1’s equally. He was also part of the winning team in the Tunnel Barn Farm Winter League which includes, Shaun Little, Aidan Mansfield and Andy Neal!




Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

Steve Rothery


32 (Moat Island)

Ben Dales


29 (Moat Island)

Ben Fisk (Bauer Media)


1 (Bridge Island)

Ryan Laycock (Pontefract)


20 (Canal)

Adam Richards (Browning)


28 (Reed)

Adrian Higginbottom (Matrix)


61 (Moat Island)

Matt Godfrey (Guru)


35 (Moat Outer)

James Hall


17 (Moat Island)

British Pole Championship Qualifiers: Steve Rothery, Ben Dales & Ben Fisk

One hundred and ten (110) anglers attended this latest qualifier at Retford's Hallcroft Fishery. Despite conditions appearing ideal with plenty of cloud cover and with a slight ripple on the water, most anglers found the going tough early on in the match with the heavy, muggy atmosphere hampering what would have otherwise been an ideal day. That said, as the day progressed, the conditions improved a little with the resident carp moving into the margins during the final ninety minutes.

Winner on the day, and next to book his place on this year's big money final, was Steve Rothery. Steve, who competed in the very first Mega Match This Grand Final back in 2011, drew peg 32 on Moat Island and started his match fishing 6mm pellet short at 5m before looking down his inside late on finding some better quality fish to dead red maggot over groundbait. At the end of the five hours, Steve offered 140-14-00 to the scales to top the field and book his place in this year's British Pole Championship final in the process.

Finishing in second place was Ben Dales from peg 29 on Moat Island. Ben also fished pellet short at 5m before coming down his edge late on to find fish up to 10lbs to weigh in 114-01-00. Ben also qualifies for this year's British Pole Championship final as a result.

Third place on the day was occupied by Angling Times columnist, Ben Fisk. Ben secured a lake win from peg 1 on Bridge Island with 109-02-00 of carp caught on meat fished shallow to take the last of the automatic British Pole Championship qualification places.

Pontefract-based rod, Ryan Laycock, finished in fourth place from peg 20 on Canal. Ryan caught the majority of his fish from down his edge on meat to offer 106-04-00 to the scales at the end of the five hours.

Finishing in fifth place was Browning's Adam Richards. Adam drew peg 28 on Reed and opted to fish pellet long and down his margins to weigh in a final 99-03-00.




"Well... things have finally started to sink in after this Saturday's crazy events! sitting here, writing about winning a 3rd Fisho title is something I could never have imagined.

The draw for pegs on the previous night saw me pull out peg 7 which immediately gave me a massive chance, but the Arena lake can be very temperamental when under pressure and with 25 anglers pegged in a line so it proved. I felt that the match would be won somewhere from fisho pegs 5-15, as this area is where the fish are happiest to feed, so to find myself in this zone was a brilliant start.

I went into the match with a very loose plan of what I was going to do, silver fish had been feeding well in practice but some newly stocked carp could also be required to do well.

I began by trying to dob a few cruising carp that were in my peg to begin with, 2 fish after 15 mins was a great start and really settled me down, allowing me to focus properly on the fishing, after this the next hour was spent trying to catch anything on casters at 7m and 13m, it was slow to say the least and very clear that carp would be needed to put a winning weight together. I had fallen to around 6th place at this point and 2kg behind the leader. For the last 3 hours of the match, I focused all my attentions on catching carp. By feeding casters at 13m an occasional fish would show a bit of interest and by slapping a Bag’em 6mm pellet I could get an odd bite off fish cruising into the swim. I had a steady 2 hours doing this catching around 13 carp for 20kg, this put me ahead by around 6kg with an hour remaining.

For myself, the last hours was pretty uneventful with just a carp and 2 f1s added to my total. Fortunately, I had already done enough and despite an awesome comeback from Andy Power who put 12kg on the scales in the final hour to finish 2nd, my final weight of 26.900kg took the honours.

Id, like to say a big thankyou to Bag'em matchbaits, Map and everyone that supported me, without my family and friends winning, would have meant much less.

Can’t wait to do it all again next year…….’

Jamie Hughes

Tri-Cast Weston Pools youth team takes top spot at Tunnel.

The newly formed Tri-Cast Weston Pools youth team, comprising young anglers from across the country, recently took top spot at this year’s 2017 Angling Trust Junior National. Eight top-flight youth teams fought it out for the top honours at the commercial super-water that is Tunnel Barn Farm.

The final result was decided over section placings, with Weston finishing well clear of the nearest rivals and sending three from the six-man team through to the junior Fish ‘O’ Mania final at Cudmore.

The top team was made up of Kristian Jones, Cagsy Parry, Jordan Holloway, Mike Rough, James Allen and overall individual event winner Will McCranor, who on the day took the top spot with a fantastic display of match angling from an unfancied area.

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Not only did the first team win the day but the second team – Tri-Cast Weston Red – managed a very respectable fourth place, with standout individual Zac Worby taking the section honours and also paving a way to Fisho. Zac ended his match individually second overall on the day with over 120lb of shallow-caught F1s.

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This has been the first event for the team and plans are already in place for the next campaign. The team wish to thank Steve Hopkinson from Tri-Cast, and Mike and Rachael Philbin from Weston Pools for taking over the full sponsorship – certainly big things lie ahead in the future.

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