The Coach Match ace Jamie Hughes helps you choose groundbait colours
THIS WEEK: Choose the right groundbait colour and land more fish!
WITH the shelves of your local tackle shop packed to the rafters with bags of groundbait, picking the right one for your next session can cause a real headache.
Two-times Fish O’Mania champion Jamie Hughes has found that six colours will cover every scenario he is likely to face.
This week, Angling Times gets a groundbait masterclass from the commercial fishery superstar.
“This is without doubt the most versatile colour, and gets plenty of use. Pellets complement it perfectly, and dampened micros or 4mm pellets are usually mixed in with it.
“It can be fed in large hard balls in open water when carp or bream are the target or in small nuggets in shallow water tight to the far bank of a snake lake.”
“When the water gets really clear this colour gives fish the confidence to feed. If you are targeting F1s or skimmers and use a light-coloured groundbait they seem to spook over it, probably because they notice other fish and mistake them for predators.
“Feed dark groundbait and you instantly eliminate that problem. The fish will remain in your peg for long periods of time.”
“A lot of venues I fish have been stocked with small F1s in recent months and they respond well to sloppy groundbait.
“This involves overwetting the groundbait so that it becomes really runny.
“Yellow is the perfect colour as it’s really vibrant and will be instantly spotted by hungry F1s.
“Feed a small nugget after every fish and use a banded hard pellet as hookbait – you’ll get a fish every chuck.
“This tactic will work for the next few weeks but becomes less effective once the temperatures really start to dip.”
“When paste fishing comes to the fore you can’t go wrong with green groundbait. A small nugget of paste sat over a bed of pellets will bring bites all day long.
“Experiment with the consistency of your paste throughout the day, using a really soft paste when bites are coming thick and fast, but thickening it up a little when you are having to wait for action so that it doesn’t instantly melt off the hook.”
“Red is rarely used on commercials these days but I find it is deadly on fisheries where the bottom is either clay or sand.
“Larford Lakes is a prime example of where red groundbait works. The fish here have seen every trick in the book and can be extremely wary feeding over a brown groundbait. Switch to red and you’ll be amazed at how quickly they drop their guard!
“Feed it loose in anywhere between 1ft and 2ft of water and expect to land some very big fish.”
“For Method feeder fishing this is my number one choice. A lot of people ask why this is so – it’s all about giving the fish something they rarely see.
“Commercial fish have been caught dozens of times on the Method and wise up to micros or brown groundbaits. Orange groundbaits offer an alternative that they won’t have seen before, with dead red maggots, corn or a banded hard pellet top hookbaits.
“Make the right choices when it comes to groundbait colour and your results will instantly improve.”
Jamie Hughes is very particular about the colour of his groundbait. Select your groundbait colour with care.