Bait Factory Pop-ups


Complementing our boilie range, you can fish with a matching flavour pop-up sure to stand out amongst your boilie freebies. Rolled on one of our top quality pop-up base mixes, you can be sure that the high buoyancy of our pop-ups will increase the hooking properties by having less ‘weight' to your free baits.

We have added maximum liquid and powdered attractants, ensuring you're fishing with a bait that is bursting with attraction. Suited to fishing on the chod rig, snowman, KD, withy-poole rig, or our dumbbell 9 x 12mm pop-ups are perfectly suited to tipping baits to add slight buoyancy, and super attraction. Available in 9 x 12mm, 12mm, and 14mm, and our new Bait Factory range of flavours in boilie colours and white green and red - six products in one pot.

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Great tips to try with Bait Factory's pop up boilie range

The tiniest changes in buoyancy, shape or colour can really pay off when using pop-ups as singles, or when tipping baits – especially when targeting hard-fished venues. The Bait Factory pop up range is available in all flavours but every pot has colour and shape alternatives. Which means if you buy Reef Coconut Cream, you get dumbells, different size baits, and the pot is split 50 per cent natural colour boilie and 50 per cent white, green and red. Try different variants on different rods.

When fishing over bottoms that have weed or deep silt, try using a chod rig. This kind of set-up is always used with pop up boilies and can be left in the swim for many hours in the knowledge it will be fishing correctly. The ‘chod' can be used with a single bait or over a bed of boilies. The hooklength of a chod is a stiff fluorocarbon which can be tied yourself, or bought ready-tied.

Try slicing two different pop-ups down the middle to create a multi colour bait. This individual style approach can be highly attractive. Once the skin of a pop up is broken, it can lose its buoyancy quicker. A good attack when targeting individual ‘showing' fish.

Pop-ups are great used as individual baits in Winter – think about adding to the attraction by leaving them soaking in one of our Bait Factory glugs. Over time this will penetrate the skin of the bait and deliver a huge flavour boost in the swim. Definitely a trick worth trying on one rod when the going gets tough.

Use half-size pop ups to tip hair-rigged pellets – it is a colour attractor, a flavour attractor, and helps make the bait neutral densitity. This is a trick used by a lot of top matchmen to win major events on the method feeder as well as big fish anglers.

Zig rigs are a crucial part of carp fishing and not utilised by enough anglers. In the warm days of summer, carp will spend a lot of their time moving in the upper layers and a zig will intercept a fish. The crucial edge with zig fishing is to keep presentation fine – hair rig your pop-up on a smaller hook – perhaps a size 12 – and use flouro carbon hooklengths in 10lb, or where possible even 8lb. This will mean you'll have to use a softer test curve rod as a stiff piece of carbon could either snap the line or bounce the hook out of the fish's mouth. Try rods between 1.5tc and 2.5tc.
Winter is another important time to fish zigs as carp will often be on the thermaclime – where cold water meets warmer water. It is important to pop your baits off the bottom to find this killer zone.

In very deep waters, the weight of the water on the pop-up can actually force it to lay on the lake bed. That's why you need a highly-buoyant pop up and all Bait Factory baits can be fished in extreme depths. To make them last even longer, tie the pop up in place to a ring using bait floss – by choosing not to use a baiting needle you're not penetrating the skin of the boilie, meaning it retains its buoyancy longer.

Bait Factory Hookbaits review by Richard Lee

The 2013 new launch by Bait Factory has a recipe, flavour and design for every style of coarse angler whether you're a matchman, pleasure angler, specimen hunter or carp fanatic.

The specialised hookbaits selection is available right across the entire BF signature flavour range: Arctic Krill and Crab; Apex Fennel and Hemp; Reef Coconut Cream;
Aztec Chilli-Chocolate Orange; Storm Tropical Fruit.

There's also the addition of Zest – a zingy citrus blend that's been working well even in the depths of the Winter we've just endured.

The overall Bait Factory range is so vast I've split the following into my ‘hookbaits'.

1 Soft Hookers: Been tested on numerous Midlands commercial waters, the soft pellets have a great consistency and can be used on the straight lead or waggler, as well as the pole. They come in the complete range and I really like the look of the Reef Coconut Cream and Aztec Chilli Cococlate. You can glug them with matching liquid but when you open up the pot the flavour is already intense – any more and it could be too much on some pools. They are 6mm size and have an RRP of £3.99.

2 Marbles: Rolled on a 50/50 base mix (pop up and fishmeal), the baits are neutral buoyancy and will allow your boilie to be critically balanced with the weight of your hook. They are boosted by flavour and deliver hi-attract performance. Or that's the theory. Definitely worth trying when carp have wised up. The colour is also interesting as the base mix blend gives two colours like a beachball.

3 Pop-ups: This is a clever idea that is aimed at giving the angler more options. Instead of investing in a tub of pop-ups with one size and colour that'll probably last you a life time, each of the six flavours have six bait styles in one tub. For example, buy the Storm Tropical Fruit pop-ups and you get a tub 9 and 12mm dumbells, 12 and 14mm boilies, and then a range of colours including white, green and red as well as the Storm Natural. If you're using a zig rig, chod, or normal pop-up rig, it means for your £5.99 investment you effectively get six bait choices.

4 Zest Fluoro Citrus Pop Ups: These super tangy citrus pop-ups caught well this Winter when they were zigged in the upper layers. There are two styles – Pop Ups and Micro Pop Ups – and again Bait Factory have used the theme of multiple shapes and colours to make your money go further. Just open the tubs and it takes you back to long journey in the car with a packet of Opal Fruits. The bright colouring together with the punchy citrus smell make these very hi-attract. Size-wise, the pop-ups are available in 9 and 12mm dumbbells, and 12 and 14mm round baits, whilst the Micros come in 6 and 8mm variations. Expect to pay around £5.99 a tub.

Conclusion: Some really nice ideas. The Soft Hookers have great consistency and a good range of flavours - a big hit! The Pop Ups are also excellent – a huge choice in one tub making them value for money.


Learn how to get the best from Bait Factory mini boilies

The mini boilie range from Bait Factory offers the angler loads of option. Superb for species like carp, tench, bream and even big roach, they can also be used on commercials, too.