Struggling to catch chub or carp? Then you need to move away from meat and worm baits and consider another option: cheese paste. You can use it in the warmer months, but it comes into its own when the temperatures drop. However, the cheese paste you need is not the kind you can buy in a tube in the supermarket. It takes a little effort and experimentation to nail the recipe, but when you do, you’ll really notice the results.
What you need:
Take half the pastry and make sure it’s fully thawed. If it isn’t, you can grate it into the mixing bowl.
Then grate the cheese into the bowl, on top of the lump or grated pastry, before adding the pinch of salt.
Mix everything together thoroughly, the more vigorously the better. The ingredients will start warming as you mix, bonding together as the cheese melts. Continue this until you have a stiff mix that’s easy to mould into shape.
When it holds its shape, your basic mix is ready. Now you can experiment. It only takes a few minutes and will only set you back a few pounds, and if it helps you to catch plenty of chub, carp or barbel, it’ll be time and money well spent.
The experimentation part of the process might involve a little trial and error, but ingredients commonly added to cheese paste recipes include:
Be aware that fish sauce really makes your cheese paste stink, so you might need an air-tight container before heading out in the car.
Once you’ve made your mix, if you don’t need it all immediately, you can cut it into the desired size, shape it and then store it in the fridge for a few days. If you’re not going to use all of it within a few weeks, we’d recommend freezing it. Then you’ll have a good supply of cheese paste ready when you need it, and it won’t take ages to thaw.
If you’ve stored up a good supply of cheese paste, you’ve got more opportunity to experiment with the recipe. And if you find a magic ingredient that really seems to work, then you can either keep it to yourself or let the rest of us in on your good fortune. It’s entirely up to you. Cheese paste is relatively quick and simple to make once you’ve got the right fishing cheese paste recipe, and it can be very cheap too.