Groundbait plays a crucial role in fishing, particularly for species like carp, tench, and bream. The most common base ingredient in modern groundbaits is fishmeal, made by drying and crushing fish carcasses. This ingredient is effective due to its ability to release scent and attract fish.
For different types of fish, specific groundbaits are recommended. For instance, Carp groundbait, Silver X Roach, Pro-Natural Bream, and Supercrack Roach are some of the specialized options. A simple and popular choice, especially for winter fishing, is white crumb or punch crumb, which is dried breadcrumb milled into a powder, ideal for catching roach and skimmers.
When preparing groundbait, the quantity and consistency depend on the fishing method and conditions. A 2.5kg bag is usually sufficient for a day’s feeder fishing. The bait’s consistency should resemble wet sand, suitable for building a castle. Adjust the stickiness or fluffiness of the mix based on the water depth and distance of distribution.
Groundbaits with hemp seeds and oils are designed for natural water fishing, targeting species like bream, tench, barbel, chub, and roach. These groundbaits are packed with attractants, making them a favorite among river anglers.
Mainline High Impact Groundbait, available in 2kg bags, is suitable for various carp fishing scenarios. It contains high-quality food ingredients that sustain rather than just stimulate a feeding response.
Boilies and wafters are other bait options. Boilies, small and round, sink to attract carp and come in varieties like shelf-life and freezer boilies. Wafters bridge the gap between pop-ups and boilies, emitting aromas to entice fish near the surface.
For more information and products, visit these resources:
Beginner’s Guide to Groundbait at Angling Direct
Groundbait Selection at Willy Worms
Mixing and Using Groundbait at Angling Times
Best Groundbaits for Early Season River Fishing at Angling Times
Groundbait Guide Part One at Angling Direct
How To Make The Best Groundbait at Fishing Bait World
Groundbait at Fishing Tackle Warehouse
Top Fishing Bait at Angling Direct
Fishing Groundbaits at Fishing Bait World