Q I’ve started to get into feeder fishing and I’m confused by all the groundbait options available and what other baits I should add to the mix.
A As a general rule, fish sweet crumb mixes on natural waters and fishmealbased groundbaits on commercials or lakes that see a lot of pellets and boilies. Some anglers prefer very dry mixes when fishing the feeder but aim to mix your groundbait slightly on the damp side, just enough so it holds together when formed into a ball. What you add to your mix is really down to personal preference but here are some of the main options: MAGGOTS – Deads are best for bream, live maggots are better for roach and perch. A single bait is ideal for use with small hooks but use multiples for bigger bream. PINKIES – A great choice for skimmers on natural venues. Use dead fluoro pinkies in your groundbait and have two or three on the hook. CASTERS – For bream, feed these with some finely-chopped worm in a 70:30 caster to worm ratio. They’re also a good change bait when fished as a double. WORMS – Bream love these all year round, not just in summer. Your groundbait must be dry when adding choppy, otherwise the juices will turn the mix into a mush. PELLETS – Add 2mm or 4mm soaked pellets to fishmeal groundbait on ‘pellet-heavy’ waters. SWEETCORN
– This works on natural and non-natural venues and sorts out the bigger bream. You don’t need much in the groundbait, maybe a good handful but no more.
Casters Worms Pinkies Corn