Attracting fish into your swim can be difficult, particularly on larger waters, but one of the best tried and tested methods is to use a decent groundbait.
As a firm believer in flavours and attractors, I make use of the many shop-bought continental-style groundbaits, but they can prove costly and with so many available, the choice can be bewildering.
Keeping things simple, I use my own mixes whenever possible and one of the simplest forms of groundbait is liquidised bread. It’s simple to make and costs very little, if you use your loaf…
Cut the crusts off a supermarket own-brand white loaf, pop the slices into the kitchen liquidiser and blitz it to a fine crumb, blitzing the crusts separately, makes a slightly darker crumb, you should end up with a moist, light, fluffy mix that gives minimal feed but maximum attraction, particularly if you add a few flavours, a little salt or sugar makes a difference.
A walnut-sized ball of crumb cupped onto the top of your float will soon bring fish to your swim, or try a pva bag stuffed with fresh crumb; you’ll be surprised at the results.
Plain brown crumb bought from the tackle shop can be easily enhanced with some simple additions; one of my favourites is fishmeal powder.
Two thirds brown crumb mixed with one third fishmeal and a handful of dried crushed hemp makes a very active groundbait, particularly if you mix in a just little cod liver oil. A handful of casters, micro-pellets or sweetcorn gives the fish something to pick over and will hold them in the swim.
Adding liquidised sweetcorn to the mix makes it very sticky, getting the bait to the bottom without breaking up. Conversely - adding a little extra water to the mix will make it looser; add chopped worm or chopped maggot to the soupy slurry, then cup in. It forms an irresistible cloud that hangs in the water, pulling fish to your bait.
Extra care when mixing your groundbait always pays dividends - and is well worth the effort.
All the dry ingredients are mixed together first, then add water, a little at a time while whisking with your fingers.
Give the mix a few minutes to expand and soak up the water then whisk again. You should end up with a damp, light mix that compresses into a ball with a light squeeze.