The Musselberry Reds, a closer look – By Gav Astley

You may well have heard me mention the Musselberry Reds in the past, and indeed they feature in two of my previous blogs, second only as stars of the show to the fish they banked.  On our trip to Brie, and The Quarry, they proved they are superb single baits to cast at showing fish.  On both of these occasions it was a single show that was enough to cast the bait at, and subsequently land fish.

The Dolphin at 30lb 11oz, a magnificent old creature that made the mistake of sticking his nose out and getting a Musselberry Red with PNBA plug dropped in front of it!

So what is it?  What is it that the Musselberry Reds have that’s so special?

Well, for a start they’re built on an outstanding base, The Musselberry.  A really accomplished bait, technical in its inner workings, yet simple it its application for the angler.  It was the first bait we released commercially at Beechwood, and its gone from strength to strength ever since.  It’s been available now for over three years, and it continues to regularly bank PB’s and lake records, and will continue to do so.  It’s HNV as you’d expect from Beechwood, and genuinely unique, especially in its liquid makeup.

We have The Musselberry Hard Hook baits, which match the rest of the bait range perfectly, so why not just stop there?  Especially given how good the bait is!  Quite simple really, options and edges.  We wanted to add a hook bait to the range that gave anglers a real ‘chuck anywhere and still have a chance’ option, built on The Musselberry as a base.

The now legendary ‘Musselberry Reds’

So we ripped open The Musselberry formula, re-analyzed it, dissected it, put it back together and turbo boosted some of the carp signals to epic levels.  As an example, the GLM content in the baits has been boosted massively, and now sits way above what is considered the normal levels.  Another classic ingredient which was given the super boosted treatment, was the amino liquid Minamino.  Without going into too much ‘tech’ detail, we focused heavily on the amino signals, and along with liquid amino compounds we also tweaked the added single aminos in the bait.

After all the tweaking, testing and developing, we achieved our aim, and the resulting Musselberry Reds are just what we wanted, amazing hookbaits you can cast anywhere, anytime with total confidence.  Over large beds of bait they are still singled out, equally fished as stand alone baits they are superbly accomplished.

The only fish caught during daylight hours during our trip to Brie, again one show, a Musselberry Red with a PNBA plug and its game over!

Now, without question, my No1 go to single hook bait option is a Musselberry Red with a PNBA Adjusta Plug if I’m fishing singles.  The immense power and durability of the Musselberry Red, made into a neutrally buoyant hook bait with the added PNBA attraction into the bargain, I’d almost be happy casting it into a tree and expect to catch!  Almost!!  If you cast this bait option at fish, and they are even remotely in the mood for a feed, you will get good, confident takes.

The actual bait that caught The Dolphin, a Musselberry Red with PNBA plug

If your interested in this Adusta Plug option for your hook baits, check out the link here, and video here.  They open up a world of possibilities for all hook baits, and I’ll write more in-depth about them in a future blog.

So, there you have it, the Musselberry Reds, essentially turbo boosted Musselberry Hard Hookers, which are so good they have become lots of anglers go to hook baits.  We have had lots of comments such as ‘they are my number one’, ‘quite simply the best hook baits ever’ and ‘just awesome’.

The Musselberry Reds – mission accomplished.



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