GLUTEN-FREE? NOT WHERE PASTE IS CONCERNED!
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…