NOTHING draws big crafty fish into your swim better than groundbait. Fed on its own as an attractor, or with particles on prolific venues, it’s a vital addition to the commercial fishery angler’s armoury.
The right groundbait fills the peg with flavours and attractors, as well as giving the fish lots of of non-filling morsels to eat.
Mixed with plenty of water, groundbait can be used to create a thick carpet on the bottom for carp to graze over, without provoking too much activity that can lead to foul-hooking fish. Regularly throwing or cupping it into the margins later in the afternoon is a proven fish catcher that can lead to a bumper session.
However you decide to use them, here are Angling Times’ top 10 commercial fishmeal-based groundbaits…
SONUBAITS CHUNKY FISH
WHAT’S IN THE BAG: This mix is made from real chunks of dehydrated fish combined with a blend of quality fishmeals and high-protein ground pellets.
WHY WE LOVE IT: What you get is a proper stinky mix of the rawest kind of fishmeal possible. Big, hungry specimen fish go absolutely nuts for it, especially in the warmest water during the height of summer when they really want to get their heads down for a proper feed.
Price: £7.99 for 2kg, www.sonubaits.com
DYNAMITE BIG FISH MARGIN MIX
WHAT’S IN THE BAG: This coarse recipe groundbait is made from a mixture of high-protein crushed pellets, sweet biscuit and quality fishmeals.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Because it’s got a sticky and heavy consistency when it’s mixed it will carry plenty of added particles if you need them, as well as keeping the fish pinned to the bottom of the venue where they’re easier to catch.
The recipe’s biscuit base makes Big Fish Margin Mix ideal for use all year round.
Price: £6.29 for 1.8kg, www.dynamitebaits.com
SENSAS CRAZY BAIT GOLD
WHAT’S IN THE BAG: Crazy Bait Gold is an old-school mix that uses high-quality pellets, fishmeals and stimulants blended into a proven fish-catching formula that’s accounted for loads of big match weights.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This has been an angler’s favourite for years, and it’s very versatile. It can be mixed dry to create a cloud that draws in fish, or on the wet side to concentrate them hard
on the bottom.
Price: £4.75 for 1kg, www.sensas.com
ADRENALINE MEGA BYTE SCOPEX GROUNDBAIT
WHAT’S IN THE BAG: Originally developed for use as a Method feeder mix, this super-fine pellet-based recipe is double ground, making it not only ideal for the Method, but also margin and potting work – especially in shallow water.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Easy to mix, nicely textured and highly flavored, its fast meltdown character is brilliant when you’re fishing in shallow water or targeting the margins.
Price £5.99 1.4k bag, www.facebook.com/adrenalinebaits/
SPOTTED FIN GO2 MARGIN SUPER BLEND
WHAT’S IN THE BAG: This is a slightly sweet mix with plenty of strong fishmeals and lots of food content. It contains a range of particle sizes to encourage fish to graze over it for longer.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Fishy, but with a delightful sweetness, this gives you the best of both worlds. The 1kg bags are great for short sessions, while the 3kg bags will last a whole match. The bags are resealable so you won’t waste any valuable bait.
Price: £4.99 for 1kg, £13.99 for 3kg, www.spottedfin.com
BAIT-TECH SPECIAL G GREEN
WHAT’S IN THE BAG: Another groundbait that’s stood the test of time, it’s best mixed with water on a little-and-often basis.
The Special G Green recipe contains a unique blend of pellets and water-soluble fishmeal that give it an instant appeal to carp and F1s of all sizes.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Its lovely green colour doesn’t wash off in water, plus it’s also easy to mix and makes a brilliant paste hookbait.
Price: £4.99, www.bait-tech.com
HINDERS MARK POLLARD’S SUPERCHARGED MARGIN MIX
WHAT’S IN THE BAG: The finest ingredients, blended with salmon fry crumb for an extra fishy edge. Light in colour and full of feed items to keep them grubbing around.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It’s highly visible and mega attractive, not just to carp, but to F1s, tench and bream too!
Price: £3.99 for 900g, £6.25 for 1.75kg, www.hinders.co.uk
MAINLINE MATCH MARGIN MIX
WHAT’S IN THE BAG: This is a super-rich mix of fishmeal and ground pellets that’s packed full of particles in a handy resealable bag.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Match Margin Mix is a heavy groundbait that keeps the fish near the bottom of the swim. It’s also got a lovely pellety smell that makes it ideal for venues that see lots of angling pressure. The resealable bag is a further bonus – in these increasingly hard times, anything that makes it easier to save bait (and a few pennies) for another session is a great plus-point in our view!
Price: £4.19 for 1kg, www.mainline-baits.com
SONU THATCHERS ORIGINAL GROUNDBAIT
WHAT’S IN THE BAG: This award-winning commercial fishery mix is ideal for Method feeder work, down the margins, or capping off a pole pot to make a small cloud of attraction. It has a strong, sweet fishmeal aroma matched with a soft and fluffy texture.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This mythical mix originated from the South West and is much favoured by many of the UK’s top commercial matchmen.
Price: £3.99, www.sonubaits.com
RINGERS ORIGINAL BAG-UP CARP AND BREAM MIX
WHAT’S IN THE BAG: A proven winning groundbait mix developed by those legends of the match scene, the Ringer family. It has a strong fishmeal aroma, a light and fluffy texture and pleasing golden colour. It’s suitable for using in all types of feeders, and with just about any type of bait you care to use!
WHY WE LOVE IT: It doesn’t really matter what tactic you’ve decided to go with on the day, this groundbait really can do it all. It’s a firm favourite with many top anglers because, basically, it’s a fish magnet.
Price: £3.99 1kg