Groundbait or loosefeed?
SHOULD I feed small balls of groundbait or loosefeed pinkies for small fish on my local river?
Andy Green, Littleport
YOU need to take into account a few things here, namely depth, flow, water colour and the species that you are after.
For instance, rudd favour loosefeed while skimmers and hybrids love a bit of groundbait. Deep, moving water responds to crumb but shallow, slow-moving water is not ideal for groundbait.
Should you go down the groundbait route, slightly overwet the mix so that it forms a small ball the size of a walnut easily and is capable of carrying a few loose offerings added in.
Also consider the groundbaits being used, because a light mix will be of no use – go for slightly sticky groundbaits designed to catch bottom-feeding species. Groundbait suits deeper water.
Loosefeeding, on the other hand ,is relatively simple, working on the tried and tested little and often principle.
Pinkies are a great feed for small fish, but if the stamp of fish you are catching is good, change to casters as feed and on the hook to pick off some bigger specimens.