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Numerous manufacturers of baits for carp, bream and other cyprinid fish often include original Robin Red in their products (pellets, boilies, pop-ups, groundbaits).

Robin Red is known as an attractor and nutritional food product for carp and other cyprinid fish since 1950s. The active ingredients in Robin Red include blended peppers, sugars, selected food oils and blended spices. There is only one genuine, authentic and original Robin Red that comes from Haith's Company, United Kingdom.

For decades, Robin Red is considered as an undeniable ingredient of fish baits: its effectiveness is taken for granted, not qualified or verified. However, our field tests with young roach, Rutilus rutilus, as model fish do not educe an admitted effectiveness of Robin Red and related products.

Fig.1 (read text)

Field experiments were usually conducted in river bays on the sandy shallows (20-30 cm depth) near the shore using the two portable guiding net (10 mm mesh) wings (1.2-1.5 m length, 20-30 cm height), with small foam floats and brass sinkers, that were stretched between the two stainless steel pegs perpendicular to the shore (see Fig 1). Roach (usually, from 4-5 to 10-12 cm length) that moved along the shore faced one of the wings, avoided it, entered the corridor (35 cm width) between the two wings and found, near the shore, the two clay balls (at the distance of 25 cm from their centers) that formed Odor Zone 1 and Odor Zone 2 to choose from (see Fig.1).


Common roach, Rurilus rutilus


Other mass bentivorous fish, such as young bream, Abramis brama, and young white bream, Blicca bjoerkna, were also used as model fish in these experiments.

Direct field experiments with young carp are difficult, because hatchery ponds usually have not suitable shallows.

To provide constantly the same distance between the clay balls (shown conventionally as red spots in Fig.1), they were placed on the adjustable cup-like pedestals of the brass frame (Fig.2) hidden in the sand.

Fig.2 (read text)

Compared mixes were prepared of pure dry clay (90 or 100 gr per one ball, plus 10 or 1 gr of attractant) and the corresponding attractants. Moist mixes were rolled in the balls that had the same color (grey), shape (sphere) and size (2.0-2.5 cm radii depending on the density of clay).

To ensure exactly the same color of the balls, sometimes they were powdered with the sand.

In the capacity of standard attractant, one of our Unificated Feeding Attractants (UFA) was used in experiments. This four ingredient attractant, that is marked as UFA F4 and includes equal parts of squashed live sludgeworms, Tubifex tubifex, zebra mussels, Dreissena polymorpha (without shells), sideswimmers, Gammarus pulex, as well as water larvae of insects, mainly bloodworms, Chironomus plumosus, is very strong for feeding-odor guided fresh (F) water fish (Cyprinidae, Percidae, Cobitidae, Siluridae, etc.). One gram of this attractant, with 0.25 gr of each ingredient, was mixed with 100 gr of pure dry clay.

This attractant with the same or related feeding organisms and its ingredients are widely used in scientific research.

As the compared attractant, Robin Red Carp Pellets manufactured by Dynamite Baits Company, United Kingdom, were used. Dynamite Baits is an approved company that uses Haith's Company products. The concrete nature of active ingredients in Robin Red (see above) and their amounts are unknown. According to Dynamite Baits, Robin Red Carp ... Read more »

Category: Groundbait & Prebaiting | Views: 1399 | Added by: nickyurchenko | Date: 2012-08-30

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