MY SPEC­I­MEN BREAM BAIT COM­BI­NA­TION

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

I TEND to use a mix of pel­lets and boilies as the ba­sis of my spod mix and then fish with a ground­bait-loaded Method feeder over the top. This gives a spread of bait for the bream to browse on, with the feeder cre­at­ing a fo­cal point and the hook­bait close by.

Both baits are easy to make, and many dif­fer­ent in­gre­di­ents can be in­cluded.

My ground­bait mix con­tains no par­ti­cles, as these could mask the hook point and lead to missed bites. I use Dy­na­mite Marine Method Mix, which has a high pel­let con­tent.

Add a ta­ble­spoon­ful of fish oil and a sim­i­lar amount of mo­lasses to each pint of wa­ter. Both these in­gre­di­ents are also used to glug my pel­let and wafter hook­baits (see left).

Rather than add whole boilies, I pre­fer to add boilie crumb to my spod mix. This con­sists of a range of dif­fer­ent sized baits, from pow­der up to par­tially chopped boilies.

Add a hand­ful of sweet­corn to each kilo of your pel­let mix. Corn pro­vides some ad­di­tional vis­ual at­trac­tion and is less fill­ing than ei­ther boilies or pel­lets.

Mix the ground­bait quite stiff, so it takes some time to break down. I leave the hook­bait ex­posed so that it is vis­i­ble to fish be­fore the ground­bait around the feeder breaks down.

Mix equal amounts of 6mm and 8mm pel­lets and add a hand­ful of 10mm pel­lets. This is the ba­sis of my spod mix, with the pel­lets break­ing down at dif­fer­ent rates.

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