Dis­cover how pasta can trans­form your paste fish­ing.

My su­per­mar­ket rev­e­la­tion will have you fish­ing paste in a whole new way

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

LOTS of an­glers re­ally strug­gle with paste fish­ing. They find the bait dif­fi­cult to keep on the hook, or else it dries out and be­com­ing un­us­able.

Yet pastes are well worth the ef­fort – few baits pro­duce the same level of at­trac­tion as th­ese soft of­fer­ings. Fish find the tex­ture easy to han­dle, and so will tend to eat more and larger of­fer­ings.

No two paste recipes are the same. A bait for mar­gin fish­ing on the pole will be very dif­fer­ent from one that you can cast out on the straight lead.

The sim­plest method is to fish paste down the mar­gin on a short carp pole, a bril­liant tac­tic late in the day when fish are used to find­ing dis­carded bait in the edge.


A su­per-soft paste that al­most melts off the hook is nor­mally rec­om­mended for mar­gin fish­ing, but let’s look at it a dif­fer­ent way.

Big fish, of­ten in less than 2ft of wa­ter, will in­evitably move the rig around as they brush the line. Use a paste that is too soft and you will be con­stantly re­bait­ing. Per­son­ally, I pre­fer a more re­laxed ap­proach and I use a paste that holds to­gether more ef­fec­tively.

There is of­ten no need to feed much when fish­ing paste. If the bait does not fall off the hook when you lift the rig out then it can be worth in­tro­duc­ing a cou­ple of small pieces, but most of the time I rely on the smell re­leased, and the fact that I al­ready have hungry fish in the peg, to keep the bites com­ing.

If you use a float with a rel­a­tively long bris­tle, the weight of the paste will be enough to sink the float. If the bait does be­come dis­lodged, the float will rise.


Of course, a lot of the time, you will need to fish fur­ther out than the mar­gins, ei­ther with a wag­ger or leger rig, and this can be where paste fish­ing be­comes frus­trat­ing if your mix isn’t right.

The sim­plest thing to do is

to swap to a bait that has been de­signed specif­i­cally for this type of fish­ing.

Sonubaits Fi­bre Paste is a good ex­am­ple of a bait that will not come off the hook, even on a long chuck, and Steve Gre­gory’s Mir­a­cle Paste still takes some beat­ing when I want a tough bait.

The se­cret of th­ese baits is in their tex­ture. Once wet­ted, they de­velop a stringy struc­ture which binds to­gether re­ally well – some­times too well, so make sure the hook­point is ex­posed to avoid missed bites. Check out my Quick Tip to see how you can make your own stringy baits.


A soft paste is the ul­ti­mate at­trac­tor bait, cre­at­ing a slick of flavour in the wa­ter as it breaks down. This is a mas­sive edge, and can dou­ble the num­ber of bites com­pared to skinned baits, like boilies, where most of the at­trac­tion is locked in­side.

For many years I have used paste cages and En­ter­prise Tackle’s corn skins stuffed with paste to give me a long-last­ing hookbait filled with soft paste. In­creas­ingly, though fish­ery rules ban­ning ‘fake baits’ are stop­ping me from us­ing my favoured tac­tic, so I have been

search­ing for an al­ter­na­tive.

A light­bulb mo­ment as I was cook­ing din­ner one night saw me pocket a hand­ful of pasta shells for later ex­per­i­men­ta­tion. Th­ese proved to be the an­swer that I had been look­ing for, be­ing ed­i­ble, tough and long-last­ing. Bet­ter still, pasta comes in a huge range of dif­fer­ent shapes, many of which are per­fect for my pur­pose.

Hav­ing scoured var­i­ous su­per­mar­kets, the best pasta that I have found so far for paste fish­ing is called Di­taloni Ri­gati. Th­ese are short tubes, that will last up­wards of two hours in wa­ter, and are per­fect for use with a size 10 hook. Other shapes that I have been us­ing are the tra­di­tional pasta twists, with paste moulded around the out­side, and pasta shells, which hold a good-sized por­tion of bait.

So, if you are hav­ing trou­ble fish­ing with paste baits, give this idea a go. It has cer­tainly rev­o­lu­tionised my paste fish­ing, es­pe­cially for big­ger fish, tak­ing all of the has­sle and doubt out of th­ese highly ef­fec­tive baits.

Use a boilie drill to make a hole in the pasta shell.

The three shapes of pasta I have been ex­per­i­ment­ing with.

A Quick-stop works per­fectly to at­tach it.

Use a thick bris­tle to in­di­cate when the paste has bro­ken down.

Keep the hook point ex­posed when us­ing stringy paste.

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