What is slop for fish­ing shal­low and how can I make it?

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I’VE read about an­glers us­ing slop for catch­ing carp and F1s shal­low. What is slop, and how do I make it?

Ge­off Searle, Wrays­bury

SLOP can take a few forms, ei­ther ground­bait or ad­di­tives that cloud once in the wa­ter. Fish­ery rules and per­sonal choice will de­cide which one you use.

If you opt for ground­bait then you want to pick a very fine, dry mix and add lots of wa­ter to it, end­ing up with a runny mix that can just be formed into a ball and thrown around 6m out. It should hit the sur­face and break up into a large cloud in which F1s and carp will in­ves­ti­gate.

If ground­bait is banned, look at an ad­di­tive such as Sen­sas Tracix, a fine pow­dered clay.

Add it to par­ti­cles in­clud­ing cast­ers, soaked mi­cro pel­lets or finely-chopped worm, plus a lit­tle wa­ter, and roll this into a sloppy ball. Again you’ll get a great cloud full of feed that the fish will love, although you may catch slightly deeper fish­ing this way.

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