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VIR­TU­ALLY ev­ery ground­bait mix will have fish – es­pe­cially com­mer­cial fish­ery carp – rip­ping the bot­tom apart, but what do you fish on the hook over it?

The very ob­vi­ous an­swer is ground­bait, of course, in the form of paste. I’m not and never have been a fan of stuff that lasts 15 sec­onds on the hook be­fore dis­solv­ing off, mostly be­cause I’ve not been able to make it work prop­erly and I’ve spent too long fight­ing foul-hooked fish.

That’s when I started play­ing with gluten. If you can find some (a friendly baker or the in­ter­net will help) mix up a nor­mal ‘sloppy’ paste mix – a bait­box or so full – and add the fine pow­der a tea­spoon­ful at a time, mix­ing lightly, un­til it turns sticky. Once it does it’s ready. Don’t over-mix, be­cause it won’t work. The gluten forms strands in the mix and will lit­er­ally hang on the hook. It’s just as soft, a cloud still comes off but, im­por­tantly, the paste doesn’t. You’ll catch more on it, I guar­an­tee. Feed a small, soft ball of the same mix with­out gluten through a pole pot with the hook­bait dropped in from the same pot. I’ll put my bank de­tails in next week so you can send me my 10 per cent com­mis­sion…

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