So you’ve got your trip to France booked, ferry or tunnel booked and paid for, all your rigs ready and tied and tackle packed away neat and tidy waiting. By this time you’ve already spent a fair few hundred quid and not even bought your bait yet. It’s a dear do for anybody! The most important thing in my eyes is getting the best bait you can afford, what the lake your fishing allows you to use and keeping it as fresh as possible.
The lake I’m currently sat at now in France, Blavet Valley Lakes, only allows you to use frozen boilies and they provide and sell their on boilies on arrival. After some research I found the bait they provide is Mainline Cell, so obviously the fish here are used to that particular brand so that’s what I ordered back home to take with me.
I wanted to make sure they were still frozen and fresh when I arrived after my journey. Like I said earlier I had already spent a hell of a lot of money so expensive cooler boxes and bags were out of my budget so I had to come up with a plan!
If you do have a bigger budget there are a huge range of cooler bags from Trakker and Nash the shop provides with the new Nash cooler bag being able to keep the contents frozen for over a week! Impressive! Ask in store for more details and options or check out the online shop.
So, back to my plan! I had collected my 20kg of Mainline Cell boilies from the shop that the guys had ordered in for me in 15mm and 18mm (with matching pop ups and glug) and when I got them home the bait was filled into sandwich bags approximately 1kg in each bag. The reason I put them in the sandwich bags and not leave them in the 10kg bags provided is they gather a lot of frost inside and if they started to defrost during the trip the boilies at the bottom of the bag would start to get soggy.
As you can see from the bottom of my sink the amount of frost the bags contain!
The bags were then put in my bait freezer at home until the morning of the trip along with a few bottles of water and milk.
I then purchased a large plastic storage box, the kind you keep under the bed or in the shed. This would be my cooler box.
The morning of the trip I got the storage box and lined it with bubble wrap and tin foil, as most cooler bags have that type of lining. I then went on placing the water bottles in the corners and stacked the boilie bags on top with the milk bottles and remaining water bottles on them. The foil and bubble wrap then tucked in around them and the storage box lid placed on top. I was ready to go!
After the car journey and ferry journey I arrived at the lake over 24 hours since the lid was closed on my make shift cooler box and as I opened the box I found the water bottles hadn’t even started to melt and the boilies where frozen and hard as nails! Perfect!
They were then swapped to my Nash air dry bags, both bags will hold 5kg each and with enough change from a tenner for a packet of hooks they are a bargain. I was lucky enough to be able to stick half of what I brought in the freezer at the lake for later in the week so 2.5kg of both sizes were hung up to air dry in the bags.
Dean, who was fishing the next swim to me is using the Fox FX extra-large bag which holds 12kg of boilies. He was lucky enough to get his hands on a new test bait from Mainline that are ready to hit the shops soon.
What more could any angler need….. fresh bait, fresh water and milk for brews!
Having the freshest bait possible is a massive factor when fishing anywhere and it’s certainly working for me so far on my trip to France.
Thanks for reading,