How to fish the Jigga float with slop for F1s

Alex Dockerty reveals how effective a runny groundbait mix can be for carp

How to fish the Jigga float with slop for F1s

by Angling Times |

FOR F1s shallow you’d be forgiven for fishing pellets inches deep under a light dibber or taking the bristle float route to put together a netful.

Groundbait certainly wouldn’t be on the agenda, yet ignore it and you could be missing a trick.

The trouble is, groundbait doesn’t lend itself to fishing in the first 12ins of the water. It’s designed to make into balls for catching on the bottom.

However, by going against the grain and turning it into what looks at first glance to be an unusable, runny mess, it can actually outfish the standard pellet shallow approach.

Here's how to fish the 'slop'...

What’s in the mix?

With an expander pellet-type groundbait you can add lots of water without it turning into putty. Dynamite Baits Sweet F1 is perfect – but try it with Swim Stim and you’ll struggle.

What’s in the mix?
What’s in the mix?

How much to feed

Rather than drop the lot in at once, I instead ‘drip’ the slop in from a big pot over 30 seconds or so, giving me more time to get a bite.

How much to feed
How much to feed

Get their attention

You need to regularly loosefeed to make some noise. I’ll fire twenty 4mm pellets in twice on each drop-in, which will help grab the attention of any F1s in the area.

Get their attention
Get their attention

Vary the consistency

On calm days I find a wet slop is best, but when it’s windy, I like to stiffen the mix with some dry groundbait. This stops the feed being carried away by wind or tow.

Vary the consistency
Vary the consistency

The Jigga is best

A Jigga lets me lower the bait fully through the slop – a fixed float would only be effective to the depth it is set at. Mine is a 0.4g Drennan Inline Crystal Dibber with the stem cut off.

The Jigga is best
The Jigga is best

On the hook

I’ve caught on banded caster, double maggot and even meat. But a hard 4mm banded pellet matches the loosefeed. What you need is a bait that stands out in the cloud of slop.

On the hook
On the hook
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