Bombs Away! Review of the Gardner Bait Bomb
Often overlooked, the Gardner Bait Bomb is a device used to mold groundbait mixes into a solid, castable form, similar to that of a method feeder but without the need of one. It sometimes pops up on the forums, but is rarely discussed in detail to better understand the fundamentals behind its many uses.
The Bait Bomb packaging conveniently includes a few recipes to use with it, but I soon found those not to be the greatest, only because it didn't form as tight of a pack and the line often cut through the bait on a hard cast. Not to say those won't work, but they didn't seem to fit the bill for my approach towards carping, so I came up with my own recipes.
The product itself is top notch and certainly recommended. I have used the 40mm Bait Bomb for a little over two years with no problems at all. The 40mm consists of a molding case, which stands about 4 inches tall by 1 3/4 inches wide, and a separate plunger; of course the 30mm is smaller all around in size. It is made out of a very tough, durable plastic which holds up well, even after constant use.
Having said that, my first glance at the Bait Bomb then, fresh out of the package, had me thinking, "okay, here comes another piece of tackle that isn't going to last very long and will be discarded quickly." Usually, plastic items tend to wear out with use over time, either from drying out which leads to cracking or just from the constant pressing and expanding. White stress lines often occur as a result of this, eventually rendering the item useless; but this has yet to happen.
Another concern I had was that groove lines would be etched into the inside of the molding case due to the pressing of nuts and other hard particles. However, after two plus years of pressing bait bombs, the plastic has stayed smooth and still looks brand new.
As an added bonus, clean up is insanely simple: a little warm water, rinse and wipe like you would a glass, and you are done and ready for next time; no clogged bait and no mess in cleanup (I thought it would stick more than it does). Over and over again, everything I thought that could and should go wrong, didn't. I have been very pleased with this product's durability and ease of use over my two plus years of use.
During this time, I have compiled quite an arsenal of recipes for use with the Gardner Bait Bomb by creating my own blends and sharing with others. To enhance your use of this product, I will be sharing my four top producing recipes. When creating your bait bomb mix, you want it to compliment the bait being used, whether it be a boilie, maize, tiger nut, or your favorite bait of choice. You can pick and choose as you please and create your own combos out of the recipes I provide to you here. Most of all, have fun creating and trying to make that perfect combination for your fishing needs.
Let's get started. The first thing you will need is your supplies. Other than the ingredients, you will need a food processor, mixing bowl, dry measuring cups, microwave, a spoon, and a hard surface such as a pizza pan as this can be a little messy to mix.
The first step would be to choose one of the mixes on the pages here. If it's a mix that involves more than four pieces of bread, I blend the first four with the ingredients, then add the final remaining pieces of bread afterwards since you usually can't fit it all in the processor in one shot.
When adding particles to the mix, do so separately, after the blending process and mix well.
Most of my mixes include some form of jello or dried mollases. The reason being that when microwaved, those ingredients melt and create a firmer bait that can withstand a hard cast, but still break in under two minutes. I've also included microwave times with each recipe, but each microwave is different so you will have to test yours for the optimal result. If you microwave for too long, the final bait will not break down; too little and it will fall apart and not hold.
Once you get your mix all blended and any particles added and stirred, it's time to get a hard surface, such as a pizza pan, and fill the Bait Bomb device to the top. Next, slide the top section down and press firmly. Once pressed, you slowly keep pressing while lifting and the bomb will slide out of the bottom; gently peel it away from the mold. The biggest mistake you can make is to refill the bomb with more bait on top of the first pressing. It creates a very long break time when microwaved, which you do not want.
My microwave times are for 8-10 bombs on a flat plate. If you vary this amount, the microwave time will also vary. Once the time is up, let it sit for a minute, then lift and squeeze the bomb slightly so the opening where the line goes in will be tight. Every time you microwave the bomb, it expands this joint where the line goes in, so you need to correct this.
The final stage for the resulting bait bombs is to let them sit for a few more minutes, once squeezed. When removing them from your hard surface, the bait bombs usually stick, so get a spatula and slowly pry them up and let them rest for 12-15 hours. They will still be somewhat soft at this point, so be careful. Once sitting, they will firm up nicely and be ready for any kind of cast you can make from 20 to 150 yards. They will only effectively last a few days, as the longer they sit, the harder they get and the slower the break time will be. If they get too hard, they make great chum since the break can be extremely slow and will hold fish in your swim nicely.
With so much talk of ground baits, this is basically one in the same as the bait bombs disolves into a fine dust in the water, only leaving your particles behind if you added any to the mix. Also these are perfect for free lining, as the weight of the bomb will allow you to cast to distance with no weight. Once broken down in the water, only your hook and swivel remains for the fish; a natural presentation with no leads in the way to spook the fish off.
|Basic Bread Bomb||Oats Bomb||Tiger Nut Bomb||Chow Bomb|
- 8 slices white bread including crust
- 1/2 cup powdered mild (clouding effect)
- 1/2 pack of a small box of jello (raspberry fusion used)
- 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
I match the flavor of the jello to the hook bait I am using.
This will make you 8-9 bombs and the microwave time is 50 seconds.
- 6-7 slices white bread including crust
- 2 cups steam rolled oats
- 1/2 cup powdered milk
- 1 cup dried molasses - 1/8 cup water once blended and blend till mixed well and becomes a little sticky
This makes 12-15 bombs and the microwave time is 1 minute.
- 8 slices white bread including crust
- 1/2 cup powdered milk 1/4 cup chopped tigers added after blending (www.scorpiontackle.com)
- 1/2 cup tiger nut flour (www.scorpiontackle.com)
- 1/3rd small packet of pineapple jello to help bind
This will make 9 bombs and requires 50 seconds of microwaving.
- Size 6 purina aquamax carnivorous fish chow blended to equal 2 cups
- 8 pieces of white bread including crust
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/8 cup kelp
- 1/4 cup prepared hemp seed (scorpiontackle.com)
- 1/4 cup size 6 pellets (see above) As the bait breaks the pellets will slowly separate and float to attract fish
This will make around 15 bombs and takes 50 seconds to microwave.
Purely fantastic results with a Venture Baits 20mm Crayfish boilie (www.scorpiontackle.com)