Scopex Squid | Nash Bait


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Talk about a bait that has stood the test of time, and it must surely be Scopex Squid. Over 25 years ago, Gary Bayes came across a paper about Canadian salmon farmers feeding squid extract to their fish, with spectacular results. He showed the results to Kevin, and they both agreed that although carp aren’t even in the same family as salmon, it would be worth a look. The sample duly arrived and stank to high heaven, and Kevin decided to give it a go, but had to purchase 100kg at £50 a kilo. Bear in mind this was 25 years ago, but he had a gut feeling that it would work, and the rest,
as they say, is history.

Since that day, Scopex Squid has caught some of the biggest fish from around the world, including Gary Bayes’ capture of Two Tone, and it did so on another five occasions. It was hugely popular with many anglers, including the likes of Jim Shelley, Simon Crow and Ronny De Groote. Although Scopex Squid was discontinued a few years ago, many big names pestered Gary Bayes for the bait, and those in the know still got it. Now it is back, and available to everyone.

I must admit I’ve been a huge fan of this bait for years, and was gutted when I could no longer get it. So, I’m sure you can understand my glee when I discovered that it was coming back in the late-spring of this year. Since then it has had the full Nash treatment, although the original recipe is exactly the same: LT90 fishmeal, blended fishmeal, Nectarblend, Red Factor, Nash Bait’s cereal blend, Squid Extract, 30 Mesh acid casein, yeast extract, Scopex No. 1, Red Liver Oil, and sweetener. 

The boilies are available frozen in 12, 15, and 20mm, and Stabilised (shelf life) in 12, 15, 20, and 24mm, and both are available in 1kg and 5kg bags. Both also come in Flake, which is pretty handy. In fact, I carry a bag of the Stabilised Flake all the time because it is ideal for knocking up a
quick PVA bag. 

Also in the range are Wafters and Hard Ons, which are gel-hardened hookbaits that will last at least 24hrs and resist the attentions of nuisance fish. They come in 12, 15, 20, and 24mm. There are also Cultured Hookbaits in 15, 20, and 24mm, which loads of anglers are raving about, including Kevin Nash himself. Pop-ups come in 12, 15 and 20mm, and colour-wise, there is natural, pink, yellow, or white.

Finally, there’s the Scopex Squid Liquid Bait Soak, which is based on the same attractor package and is PVA-friendly. This concentrated food dip is designed for both long- and short-term soaking of free offerings and hookbaits, for more takes and faster action. You can use it as a PVA bag dip, stick mix liquid, or to splash onto pellet mixes. It’s effective in all temperatures and
with unlimited application.

There is something for everyone in this range, with the added advantage that you are using a bait that has caught literally thousands of carp. Over the coming months, I’ll take an in-depth look at each product individually and give you the low-down on how it performs. Steve Broad

Mar Peché 63lb caught several years ago over a large bed of Scopex Squid

Mar Peché 63lb caught several years ago over a large bed of Scopex Squid

Mick Clifford