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Shears on... Glugs! On the Ropes with Gary Beshears
Please note, I take all "blame"...or responsibility, for the baits and thoughts I write about. I would never disclose any baits, tips, or ideas that someone has passed on to me in confidence. I've made a ton of "trial and error" baits and ideas that never worked out, but every once in a while, I'll hit on something I like. I would like to explain a couple things pertaining to the "dip/glug/paste" method.
First, I call it that, simply because it can be adjusted to be either one. In different situations, it can be made to suit the need. One thing for sure, many paylakers use a type of DGP (dip/glug/paste). Most never talk about their own recipes, but for sure, many use one type or another. Of course, the most common dip is just flavor that the puff/pop is dipped in before baiting up. Some use "karo" syrup to thicken it...but I have always been guilty of trying to come up with my own "concoction" to serve the need I'm looking for. I'm also never satisfied if something works; I tend to want to find out why it works, how it affects the texture or breaking of the baits, and how it affects the pop/puff in the middle of a packbait pile. Now, please keep in mind, nothing is absolute in carp baits or recipes; what works today may blank tomorrow. One thing I've always found in DGP's is the need to be quick to make, simple, and able to be made on the bank if needed.
I'll start with one of my favorite base item for a dip: tomato paste. It has been one my my favorites due to the fact that it can be changed from the dip, to being thicker for a glug, then changed more to become the paste. Tomato paste is an item used in some packbaits, and of course the taste has always been a carp favorite as a dip. I've used the TP right out of the can; just dipping the pop/puff in it and baiting up. I found though, that a lot of times adding a few things seems to kick it up a notch. I can still keep it in a dip stage by adding some cinnamon (maybe a teaspoon to an eight ounce can), and kick that up with some flavoring. For a dip, I like the eight ounce of TP: one teaspoon of cinnamon with one ounce of Superior Vanilla-butter-nut flavoring.
Now, as long as you keep this type of texture, almost any flavor can be added; Maybe "match the pack" if you so choose. This is a fairly loose dip, which can also be added to the packbait ball before casting. Just dip, then pack it. The glug stage is almost the same, with the exception of a thickener. Simple flour will thicken the glug. I don't measure how much; just add until it gets it where you want. A glug is also good for a dip, but a glug will put much more on the pop/puff. It also holds the pickup in the bait more,
less floating out of the pack pile. The glug stage will often outperform the dip, perhaps due to the fact that it just adds more to the bait and doesn'twash away as much. Also, it tightens the broken pile of bait, meaning that on baits such as grits and blended bread, it will stick the pack more around thepickup, without messing up the breaking time. The paste phase again is similar, or the same ingredients, just with more flour and cinnamon. This texture is probably my favorite. I want it to be a doughy texture. At this phase, I only use about a 1/3 teaspoon on the pickup. The paste will "mash" into the pack when packing some, hold the pickup in the bait, stick the bait to the pickup
more, has a lasting flavor that doesn't wash away very fast, and works in any pack you choose to use it with. I've watched these different phases in a bucket of water, and the paste makes a totally different presentation than the dip or glug.
I have read about "over-lay/under-lay" the Northern guys speak of. The paste is similar in theory, but much less is used as far as amounts around the pickup.The glug and paste phase may work in wild water, with the types of baits used, such as "pasting" a hair-rig. Thetomato paste dissolves slowly, and may hold up in a light current...I don't always use the DGP method, but always have some in the van, just in case. No, it certainly does not always work, but it certainly doesn't ever hurt your baits.
Carp fishermen always think outside the box, so I would suggest to you to look around the grocery shelves. Base goodies for this method are everywhere: from sauces, salad dressings, to gravy and soups. I've tried several, more than I care to admit. But the tomato paste has proven to me it works. Again, not always, but I've had nights when I went from peck, peck, peck, to all out runs instantly.