Likewise I haven't tried the Action Baits but here is a link to Archie Braddocks site which is packed with information and tales of different bait mixes and additives http://www.braddocksbaits.co.uk/
Oerrie, breeding maggots is one of the messiest baits I have ever tried to 'make' not forgetting the smell.
But if you want to have a go then here's a sure fire way of rearing some:
1) Get yourself an Ox heart or Chicken breast and place in a tin in a sheltered place. In a couple of the tin sides you want to punch holes about 2cm in diameter.
2) Leave for a couple of days and then check the meat for blows. These are white clusters of eggs that should by now have been laid on it.
3) Close the holes and wait until the blows have hatched into maggots and started to feed into the meat. At this point you will need to add some more food such as meat leftovers, chicken, etc but not fish and possibly transfer the whole lot into a larger container.
4) Once the maggots have grown tip the offending mess onto a piece of mesh over a tray with either bran or sawdust in. The maggots once ready will leave the meat and fall below where they can then be collected for bait.
Like I said it is a messy, smelly operation and one thats best not carried out too close to the homestead but catching your first fish on a bait that you have reared does have certain advantages.
Keep the maggots in clean bran until you want to use them but obviously the temperatures in SA will be the limiting factor as to how long the process will take and they will last.
thanks Newt and Dave for your tips i did not know you guys know what mieliebom is so i dindnt realy talk about it last night ok but the way i make my mieliebom : i use readymix mieliebom with this i ad 1 cup of custard and one bottel of vanilla essence mix these two together then i have a look at my fishing waters if the water is clear i would ad green floro to my mieliebom if its cloudy i would ad red floro this works for me as ground bait if you have a better idea please let me know and thanks again for replying excuse my english im actualy afrikaans but i try
Oerrie - Not only is your writing fine but I would probably understand you speaking better than I would many on this bbs.
These guys have some really, really strange accents.
Not sure about the UK guys but I have swapped mielie bom / pack bait ideas with a few of your countrymen in the past. We use a lot of oats and a special sort of corn meal called grits where the corn is soaked in a strong lye solution until the hull disolves and the grain swells up (to form homminy) and then dried and ground to a coarse texture.
Oerie iv'e found some of the best the baits are whats in the kitchen cupboard ie, Bread,can be used as flake,paste .crust for floating on top,sweetcorn ,luncheon meat,bacon grill,meat balls sausagemeat made into a paste,flavours, curry sauce,aniseed,vanilla, paprika,all spice,oriental spices,get mollasse's from your horse food suppliers ,I get a gallon for the price of a small bottle of Van den end .& don't forget maggot;s worm,s,red worms,lob worms brandling's.Also dog food mixer,cat food go cat also cat meat,I got all this info of a mate who match fish's local carp pool venue's&do's very well out of what he call's his Corner Shop Mix also don't forget ground bait mix which in it you can put in hemp ,& free samples of all the hook bait's your likely to use.& it doesn't cost a fortune i think a lot of this carp bait is meant to catch the angler & not the fish ive only used the system &have caught load's of carp with it.