Want to know how to create the perfect mix of groundbait for your fishing? Then check out these great tips from Jamie Hughes about how to put together a groundbait mix that will be irresistible to skimmers and commercial carp.
1) There will be lots of groundbait on the shelves of your local tackle shop, and it’s important to pick the right product. A pellet-based product such as Bag ‘em Matchbaits XP is best for F1s, a dark blend like Super Skimmer Dark which colours the water should be used for bream and skimmers, while something with plenty of fishmeal such as Commercial Carp is ideal for mirrors and commons.
2) Pour your groundbait into a large bucket. This will give you plenty of space and enable you to thoroughly distribute the water so that every crumb of groundbait is evenly wetted.
3) For every kilo of dry groundbait, tip in just under two pints of water, and don’t be alarmed if it looks like a watery mush. Thoroughly mix the water in with your hands and leave the mix to stand for around 15 minutes.
4) By now it will have absorbed all the water but still contain lumps that could feed the fish, which you don’t want. Take another bucket and lay a riddle on top. Push handfuls of groundbait through the small holes to remove the lumps.
5) Riddled groundbait will be light and fluffy, with plenty of attraction, and without lumps it will have a fairly low feed content. It is now ready for use, but why not add extra attraction by thoroughly mixing in a little liquid additive?
6) A perfectly-mixed groundbait will easily form a ball when squeezed, but will crumble when rubbed between your hands.