MATCH THE PAYLOAD TO YOUR TARGET SPECIES
Groundbait or pellets? It’s a question as old as the Method itself when it comes to which bait you should load the feeder with and something that causes a lot of confusion. I keep things simple. If I’m specifically targeting silver fish and F1s, I use groundbait. If the target is carp over 6lb, then these big boys need feeding, so I use 100 per cent moistened micro pellets. For every other scenario, it is an 80:20 combination of groundbait and micro pellets. The groundbait creates a cloud in the water which attracts the fish and encourages them to feed with confidence. The pellets then leave them something to eat and holds them in the swim for longer. For today’s session, I’m using a mixture of Dynamite Baits’ Swim Stim F1 Sweet. Don’t let the name fool you, it is a range designed for F1s, but all fish, especially carp and skimmers, love it. It is packed with all the same tastes, flavours and attractors as the rest of the Swim Stim range, but with the addition of a sweet palatant. To increase the flavour, I add a glug of Sweet Tiger CSL Liquid to both the groundbait mixing water as well as the pellets.
Mark fishes an 80:20 mix of groundbait and micro pellets