Sometimes it takes something a little different to drag those finned lovelies to your swim. I was handed and asked to give GOT Baits Atomic Cloud a blast while practising for a pairs match a few years ago and ever since I’ve been playing with it in one form or another. So what is it exactly? Atomic Cloud is fundamentally a powder which is a versatile additive, it attracts and holds fish in a swim and can be used in many different ways.
When I was first handed the powder it was solely to use as a slop. It was pored into my pole pot with a little water, a few grains of corn and 8mm pellet then pored into 6ft of water at around 10 meters. I was worried from the start as an area of a meter square(ish) turned red. It was like a scene from jaws. I was amazed to see fish turning on the surface within a minute of pouring in the slop and knew I had something here. Thing with this is that the only particle for the fish to eat are those you add yourself. So the fish come in, go mad and if theres nothing for them to have they will go again. That said they seem to come to the colour and smell and then its like they try and search out where it’s coming from so they do stick around for a bit. Its like when I hide a chew from my dog behind my back, he knows its there and won’t leave me alone until he’s had it. Alternatively, if I don’t give it him he goes off in a huff. So I found its important to give them something to start with to let them know there is reason to be hanging around. As the session goes on you can drop back on the particle feed once they know more will come.
Over the past couple of years I have actually experimented with Atomic Cloud. As it comes as a powder it can be mixed with almost any bait – groundbaits, meat, pellets and its been absolutely killer with chopped worm. In the colder months I have even added it to maggots and again its worked well.
GOT baits have lots of flavours and colours to choose from, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out which to use on what bait but that said experimentation will give great results. The first one I used was strawberry and it took over a year for me to move away from it although its still in my armoury. Adding a tin of corn into a bait box and sprinkle a small amount on would soon turn the corn the most vivid red I have seen from a colouring and as you would expect, a sweet strawberry fragrance would soon come through. Whats great is you don’t need to do this the night before and in-fact if you do you will find that you may need to add a little more of the additive before you start using it. Left over night in the fridge will imprint on the bait deeper but the main advantage I feel this product gives is the little cloud of colour and flavour that seeps of the bait whilst in the swim. So adding a touch more before you go in allows this to happen.
I have just had a quick look to see if they have added any new flavours or colours and I have found that I have used them all in the past few years and here are your options: