Groundbait plays a crucial role in fishing, suitable for various settings from commercial fisheries to natural lakes. The process of selecting and preparing groundbait can significantly impact your fishing experience, especially for beginners.
1.) Dry Mixing Groundbait: The initial stage involves dry mixing your groundbait. This step is crucial if you wish to combine different types or extend an expensive groundbait with some crumb. You should pour the required amounts into a dry, round bowl or bucket and mix them by hand.
2.) Selecting the Right Groundbait: Different types of groundbait are available for various fishing conditions. For instance, the Dynamite Swim Stim Red Krill Groundbait is priced at £4.65, while the Mainline High Impact Groundbait 2kg Bags cost £9.99. Other options include the Mainline Match Green Supreme Groundbait and the Mainline Match Margin Mix Groundbait, each priced at £4.99 and £4.19, respectively. The Mainline Match Pro Active All-Round Cereal Groundbait 2kg is another option to consider.
3.) Preparing the Mix: When preparing the groundbait, pour it into your mixing bowl. A full 2.5lg bag should suffice for a full day’s feeder fishing session, though you might need double the amount for certain fishing methods or to keep the fish engaged with regular feeding. Create a small dip in the center of the groundbait as part of the preparation.
4.) Using Your Groundbait: The final mix should be cohesive but easily break apart. Sometimes, a sloppier mix can be beneficial, especially with bread as a component. This can create swirling particles in the current, attracting large roach and chub.
5.) Active Groundbait: An active groundbait, containing small particles like hemp, is more dynamic underwater, releasing more scent and visual attraction. This type of groundbait is particularly effective for species like roach, which feed higher in the water and are attracted to moving particles.
6.) Fishmeal Groundbait: Options like the Dynamite Baits swim stim method mix are ideal for species such as carp, tench, and bream. Fishmeal groundbait is increasingly popular for attracting not just carp and F1s but also bream, roach, and other silverfish.
For more detailed information and guidance, you can visit various resources:
Angling Direct’s Beginner’s Guide
Fishing Tackle Warehouse’s Groundbait Selection
Angling Times on Buying, Mixing, and Using Groundbait
How To Make The Best Groundbait by Fishing Bait World
Willy Worms’ Groundbait Collection
Decathlon’s Coarse Fishing Baits and Accessories
Understanding and effectively using groundbait can enhance your fishing experience, attracting the desired species and improving your catch rate.