MATCH THE PAY­LOAD TO YOUR TAR­GET SPECIES

Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Tactics -

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

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