Stinky Stuff has been in development for the past two years. Starting from a concept of breaking down other baits and finding the core amino acid from each bait that was attracting fish to feed.
We also looked at the natural environments of fish, natural food sources and circumstances that trigger a fish to feed. These circumstances are not always associated with the actual food or bait, they might be climate or other chemical and nutrients in the water. All of this information was collated into a database, now locked away in safe.
We are proud of the fact that Stinky Stuff has gone through in depth research, development and testing and through to achieving an off the shelf product.
Stinky Stuff is aquatically safe, environmentally safe and in balance with a fish' digestive system.
Once a database of key attractants and feeding stimulants was achieved, we set about working with a team of Chemists, including Kartina (pictured above) In the laboratory we created a formulation which took the best components out of existing baits on the market as well as other chemical and natural nutrients. The result was a bait we had confidence in as a product and one that would best stimulate the fish to feed, this was not an easy process.
When you look at many other glugs, dips and additives on the market, you will notice that once they have settled, you get a different colour for different levels of liquid in the bottle. This is because the mix is blended. In simple terms, the ingredients are put in a jar and stirred like a cup of tea.
During tests we found that the attractants were still separated, a comparison might be mixing maggots with pellets as feed, they're still separate baits. This is the same with blended additives once they are in the water, their molecules very quickly separate from each other in the same way you'd observe them doing so in a bottle.
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What we wanted to achieve was an additive that had the right attractive amino acid so that it tastes good for the fish, a chemical make up that spread effectively through the water to draw the fish in and most importantly a property that stimulated fish to feed.
To ensure the formulation did not lose any of it's attractant or stimulation properties when it started to spread out in the water, Katrina advised us we would need to create a compound so that the end product had every molecule the same.
This was difficult because to create the compound, many of the ingredients needed to be heated at very specific temperatures. The next challenge we found was when certain products were heated to certain temperatures they lost their original property, whether they were an attractant or a stimulant. Resolving this took over a year to achieve, a large portion of the 2 year development.
One of the other attributes we wanted to achieve was finding a formulation that would stick to bait or terminal tackle. Once we had the right formulation, we started to focus on this.
We were constantly back and forth to various coarse fisheries both match and specimen, the rivers and onwared to the shoreline and charter boats for the Sea Anglers.
Back to the laboratory, we focussed Katrina and her team on an adhesion property. She advised us to look at other products that achieved such a property and thats where we thought of Deodorant!
We had to be careful because at the start of this project we had all agreed to ensure the product was aquatically safe. Katrina worked in the lab for different treatments of the compound and the rest of the team started to research how Deodorants worked.
Combining the adhesion property with being aquatically safe was not easy, but we were delighted to achieve it. We also found another attribute to our product along the way, which was improving the Hygroscopic nature of bait.
Hygroscopic is the ability of a substance to absorb a liquid.
With the sheer velocity of the Stinky Stuff coming out of the Aerosol can and the fine molecules it is creating, it impregnates the bait, rather than just sticking to the surface, like it would if you dipped it into a glug.
We now had the perfect combination, a bait that was sticky and a way of impregnating the bait.
During tests we found out the Stinky Stuff would remain on baits that had been in the water for more than three hours.
Many people have asked during our trials, how we know it will still be on the bait after such a long time and the test we used was somewhat amusing.
We asked people to hold their hands out, whilst applying a couple of drop onto them. We then asked them to rub their hands together. People were phoning us up 3 days later, saying:
"I've scrubbed my hands, I must have washed them a hundred times and I can still smell it. How do I get it off?"
The Aerosol can is unique in the way it has been put together, specially constructed to ensure the end product is aquatically safe.
The name Stinky Stuff came from people asking "what's that Stinky Stuff" when we were trialling it. An observation from our trials is that although the smell is not unpleasant, it is distinct.
The core compound across all of the Stinky Stuff range is the same, however as we evolve through 2013 you will see other flavours released, in balance with attractive properties for that particular genre of fishing.
We have used anglers from all genres of fishing from Coarse to Specimen, Game and Sea Angling. We have used pleasure anglers and top match anglers, even England Internationals.
The specimen hunters have been really positive in their feedback and the Sea Anglers have been very excited on the difference this product has made to their fishing, paticually putting down big scent trails in venues such as the Bristol Channel.
Our intention is not to ram the scientific approach down anyones throat, however we are proud of what we have achieved. We welcome all feedback 'good or bad' as it is from this that we collate information to take back for further product development.
We have every confidence that Stinky Stuff is a real innovation in the angling world that does stimulate fish to feed and hope you have very success in using it.