5 Ways to feed groundbait

Using groundbait isn’t just about balling it in – the way you feed it can make a big difference to catches

5 Ways to feed groundbait

by Angling Times |

Loose

For margin fishing, nothing beats feeding groundbait loose. Make a ball and you’ll end up concentrating carp and F1s in too tight an area, which in turn will produce line bites and lead to foul-hooking. A loose cloud cupped in will spread over a wider area, allowing the fish to graze. That clouding effect will also help to pull them into the swim.

Loose
Loose

Nuggets

You can get the best of both worlds – a cloud and plenty of feed on the bottom – by making a nugget of groundbait. Squeeze it only slightly to help speed up the breakdown process and you’ll have a ball of feed that sinks quickly, but which also gives off a cloud as it falls.

Nuggets
Nuggets

In the feeder

We all know how good groundbait is in a cage or open-end feeder, but it also works well on a Method version, especially for skimmers and bream. Where carp are concerned, pellets rule the roost, but there will be days when a mix of both groundbait and pellets triggers a better response. Start on pellets, but add a little groundbait if things aren’t happening.

In the feeder
In the feeder

Hard balls

This is the classic way to feed groundbait on deep lakes and rivers, making up several balls which are squeezed hard so that nothing comes off as the ball sinks. As a result, you’ll keep the fish hard on the deck, while introducing lots of loose offerings in the process. This is a brilliant way to feed when bream, roach and skimmers are the target.

Hard balls
Hard balls

Slop

Summer may seem a long way off, but once it arrives, F1s in particular will soon feed up in the water and groundbait plays a part here too. Overwetting the mix into a runny slop and cupping it in produces a huge cloud that the fish will dart in and out of. Place your hookbait in the middle of it and the elastic will be pulled out before too long!

Slop
Slop
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