Well what can I say, this is a very belated report â€“ I didnâ€™t manage to put this together earlier due pressure of work. Also, I notice that the cod are now showing well for anglers down south. However, there is a specific point to the story so I finally managed to find the time to put this brief comment together. Many of you will know from looking at my previous comments to reports that I have not had a fantastic summer fishing for cod. In fact, Iâ€™m sure that Big Cliff, GJH, and Co posted their excellent reports on summer fishing in the Arbroath area just to get a rise out of a local Scotsman! In terms of cod, Iâ€™ve blanked every trip since late Easter â€“ now thatâ€™s quite a few trips. Anyway, from their reports and from information provided by Big Cliff, I know they place great faith in peeler crab. Thing is, I was having difficulty finding a ready supply from the local beaches. I therefore decided to purchase some of the Lincolnshire peeler crab with skin. The crab duly arrived and I set off on 19th September for Arbroath Victoria park area. Yes, it is a month since my trip â€“ time flies. However, the sea at Vicky park was very heavy and difficult to fish, so I packed up and high-tailed it for Auchmithie. What a difference - out of the direct wind, there was a fairly gentle swell and a clearing sea. So here was the test. Two rods, each with the same set up, a pulley rig and a 5 oz lead, one fishing my regular bait, calamari squid with frozen black lug, verses the other with the Lincolnshire peeler. Crab nugget versus squid and lug. The Lincolshire baits indicate that â€œTHE CRAB WITH SKIN IS MADE FROM PEELER CRAB WITH OTHER NATURAL ATTRACTANTS WE USE A CLEVER SEMI PERMEABLE MEMBRANE TO KEEP IT ON THE HOOK, EVEN UNDER THE HARDEST POWER CASTING THERE IS NO NEED TO TIE IT ON THE HOOK. JUST HOOK THROUGH THE BAIT TWICE AND CAST IT TO WHERE YOU WANT TO FISH.â€ The baits are individually wrapped and when unwrapped have a particularly pungent, but to my nose, artificial smell. The baits are quite dry and when broken in two have a consistency like filler putty or modeling clay. The good thing is, the baits are very moldable and can be shaped to the hook. Side by side I liked the look of the more natural bait of squid and lug, but there is no mess when hooking up the peeler crab nuggets â€“ in my view a great benefit. The two rods were then cast out to locations about ten yards apart, and the expectant wait began. I did not have to long wait â€“ I had stepped away from the rods â€“ looked back in time to see one of the rods nodding away. Eventually managed to get back to the rod and pulled in a nice bouncing codling. Not a big fish by any means, perhaps a pound and a half. But after my cod-less summer I was well pleased. Which rod did it fall to? Yes, youâ€™ve guessed â€“ the natural bait of squid and lug. Little cod just before release. I pulled in the other rod â€“ the bait was still there. I cast them out again but swapped their positions. Again, another pull on the rod â€“ I lifted the rod and pulled into the fish â€“ nothing there. It was the squid bait â€“ when I later pulled in, the bait was all but gone. Alas, not a nod on the other rod. Fishing continued, swapping round the rods occasionally to give each of the baits a fair chance. Another, codling same size as the last fell to the squid bait, and then another considerably larger fish that dropped off among the kelp at the waters edge â€“ Sodâ€™s Law. At the end of the evening, three fish had fallen to the squid but none to the peeler nuggets. Of course, one good thing â€“ the peeler nuggets last well on the hook! Now this is clearly not a good controlled test of the crab nuggets, but I did learn something from this very enjoyable evening. And, most importantly, I broke my long string of blanks. I hope to follow up later in the cod season with a further test of the nuggets side-by-side with other baits especially real crab. Iâ€™ll let you know how I get on. One other thing, Iâ€™ve recently tried the Neolithic rock weights as designed by Big Cliff. see "AN ALTERNATIVE ------- WELL MAYBE" They work a treat â€“ I like using them on rough ground and donâ€™t mind when I loose one, especially as they are environmentally friendly and Iâ€™m not leaving lumps of lead everywhere. I find they are great in light seas, but have a tendency to lift and drag in a heavier sea. Use them in the right conditions and there is no need for an expensive and toxic lead. They get my vote!