Can anybody recommend flavours/additives to use durring the winter months for use in match fishing.I am sure the carp/specimen anglers out their can help.
I fish have matches on commercial carp waters & silver fish pools during the winter
now then slab and welcome,
In the winter time mate i always put csl (corn steep liquor) in my groundbait and i either soak or dip my hook baits depending on what i'm using in mainline active-8 or assassin-8 bait soaks, works for me mate give it a try.
cheers 'the dog'
How about all the different addatives and flavours you can find in the kitchen [?]
Some of which can be obtained free (so long as you don't get caught)  Others can be got for a few pence at the supermarket
These include (but are not restricted to):-
garam masala (mix of Indian spices)
Marmite (yes it does work)
honey (bread paste)
Angel delight (mix with maggots)
chocolate drink powder (again mix with maggots)
In fact the list is only limited by your imagination and it's quite simply a case of don't be afraid of experimenting to see what works.
I have worked on a simple rule of sweet things in summer and spicy/savoury things in the winter, then developed from there.
As I say try it, if it don't work cross it off the list and carry on with the next idea.
BUT GIVE IT A GO
Simon - except for a very, very small number who buy stuff from over your way, we use what they have at the grocery store.
Winter time /w cool water, I tend to like alcohol-based dips with a fairly neutral bait. Vodka usually and maybe plain or pepper or some other flavored one. And BTW - the alcohol lowers the pH.
And I use a lot of "pack baits" which is basically a large ball of something packed around the hair or hook bait and made so it will break up within 2-4 minutes of landing in the water. A rather strange favorite but one that does produce is to make up boilies that are mostly flour and eggs. Maybe a tiny bit of flavor when making them up. Anise and pepermint usually but not much.
Just before casting out, I take a couple slices of dark brown bread (pumpernickle or rye or similar) and squeeze it around the bait making a ball that I can't get my hand around. Often I'll spray the ball with a "sore throat spray" - one of those green liquids that will make your throat numb.
If no take within about 10 minutes, reel in, pack the thing again and back out to about the same spot. I'll do this 4 or 5 times before I settle down and let the bait sit for a long while. Just my way of baiting up I suppose.
Couple of other things that I like for pack baits but not things that seem to exist over there. Grits & millet.