Keeping soft baits on hooks is an age old problem for sea anglers that standard bait elastic can’t always solve. Armamesh from Fox International is a is a meshing material that binds and supports soft baits and even minced fish superbly. Keen sea angler Steve Akeroyd demonstrates in easy to follow steps exactly how to use the Armamesh system to make serviceable sea baits.
If you haven’t heard of Armamesh then where have you been? Produced by Fox International Armamesh is a fine but strong mesh material to hold baits together. It comes in stocking form and is available in two different sizes for standard and large bait purposes. It can be used to support soft baits such as peeler crab and mussel, or even ‘particle’ baits that have been run through a food processor. Armamesh allows bait discard to be minimised as even unused defrosted baits such as mackerel, bluey, sandeel and squid can be retained at the end of a fishing session to be quickly rattled through the blender, sausaged in Armamesh and popped back in the freezer for later.
Armamesh is great for forming large cocktailed winter baits for mounting on a pennel rig. Application however is not restricted to hook-baits, as the mesh material can be used to truss bait parcels for use in swimfeeders etc.
The Armamesh system consists of a tough plastic tube-funnel onto which the mesh stocking is bunched and tied off. Bait is then inserted into the rear of the tube and packed towards the front with the plastic plunger provided. With sufficient bait packed in the tube, the plunger is then used to force it out the front much like a sausage. When the desired length of bait is achieved, it is pulled forward drawing off enough empty mesh to allow a closing knot to be comfortably tied and snipped. The finished bait is then rolled in the hands to firm and can be used straight away or frozen down.
The Armamesh system is available in 14mm (narrow) and 22mm (wide) sizes, and replacement mesh refills are available separately. Fox International’s Steve Akeroyd (above & right) demonstrates the simple Armamesh procedure below. Why not give it a try?
NEXT time, Steve shows how to mount the perfect Armamesh hook-bait.