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Just packing up a load of stuff and had a sort through old rigged baits etc..

Many are in pristine condition, many are just, well...

Gone ?

The ones that have literally melted away are..

MegaBass Spindleworms and Hazledongs.
The Xlayers are still intact mostly but squishy in places but, they haven't melted against other baits
which is usual. They just seem to have, degraded. Is this normal do you think ?

It must be contact with air because I have some older spindle's and Xlayers sat in oil that are
perfect still, albeit swollen from oil immersion but that is an expected side effect and why they are in
there in the first place.
 

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I had the same problem before ..... i've read somewhere before that u need to put them in different storage sorted by type,brand and color.I think u also need a special storage box for them to avoid melting and color bleeding due to chemical reaction with each other and material of the box....other alternative ziplock plastic bag....cheeerrss....

PS:eek:ne question thought,do you guys got the BERKLEY GULP LIVE over there in europe???i mean the one in the jar fill with the additive liquid???i've play with the ordinary one recently and find that they re slightly better in term of bite that i got compare with the normal plastic....the problem is the liquid in them pack seem to dry out...and we cant get any of the one in the jar like marketed in states.Just wonder on how they perform,the spray additive by berkley seem to produce the good result here when spray to sp and line....cheeerrss...
 

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I use the gulp peeler crab's that come in tubs.

I also soak other plastics in the fluid that comes in those tubs.

I get mine from Decathlon in France, not locally.
 

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myfish said:
Just packing up a load of stuff and had a sort through old rigged baits etc..

Many are in pristine condition, many are just, well...

Gone ?

The ones that have literally melted away are..

MegaBass Spindleworms and Hazledongs.
The Xlayers are still intact mostly but squishy in places but, they haven't melted against other baits
which is usual. They just seem to have, degraded. Is this normal do you think ?

It must be contact with air because I have some older spindle's and Xlayers sat in oil that are
perfect still, albeit swollen from oil immersion but that is an expected side effect and why they are in
there in the first place.
Hi Keith,

I think the "VIOS" part of their name makes them eco-friendly and ultimately bio-degradable if you lose them. This is an important issue when it comes to SPs (see Liam and CP's previous posts on the effect of the chemicals in SPs).

Having said that I don't have a problem with degradation, but I keep them in their sealed packaging mostly, not because I knew about the bio-degradable issue (I only found out about that earlier this year) but because I found that they got twisted up too easily if not kept in the moulded plastic trays they come in and they don't mix well (which I also found out the hard way). If they do get twisted I don't think their action is at its best and I find it difficult to use them with any confidence, which is key for me. I also like to keep the scent in.

BTW I have also adapted the front end of the slots they sit in in those plastic trays with a soldering iron to enable me to put them in the packet with the leadhead fixed. One day I'd like to make a mould of that plastic tray and fabricate some proper inserts to keep them in, but for now the Heath Robinson adjustment works OK.

Hope this helps.

Cheers

Paul
 

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myfish said:
Just packing up a load of stuff and had a sort through old rigged baits etc..

Many are in pristine condition, many are just, well...

Gone ?

The ones that have literally melted away are..

MegaBass Spindleworms and Hazledongs.
The Xlayers are still intact mostly but squishy in places but, they haven't melted against other baits
which is usual. They just seem to have, degraded. Is this normal do you think ?

It must be contact with air because I have some older spindle's and Xlayers sat in oil that are
perfect still, albeit swollen from oil immersion but that is an expected side effect and why they are in
there in the first place.
I have actually decided not to use Spindleworms ounc I have used my last two due to the amount of care they need (Individual storage in boxes). They don't seem to like even being on Jig-heads or hooks which is a shame because they are a great softbait. I think the guys on boats can manage them better than someone like me who only shore fishes.
 

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Hi Chris

Don't lose the faith! They do require a bit more effort but its worth every bit.

From the shore I'm moving more towards carrying SPs in their original packaging plus a box of jigheads and some superglue and rigging as and when I need to. Not quite worked out where to keep the rag soaked in acetone yet though! Maybe in a screw top tub.
 
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