- Aug 22, 2006
There's one thing for sure - more groundbait gets bought due to flashy packaging than any other reason - and probably in many cases to anglers who are really not sure why they've bought it except it's got Bob Nudd / Steve Ringer / Will Raison / AN Other famous angler - face on the packet so it must be good
They mix it up, lob it in, and then declare to all and sundry that it's rubbish when they haven't snared half-a-dozen fish in the next ten minutes - whilst the actual groundbait is still laid on the bottom of the lake like a pongy cannonball 'cos they mixed it too stiff.
On the one rare occasion that the groundbait actually works as intended that becomes a 'must-have' bait and they'll buy it forever more - and tell everyone on websites or social media how wonderful it is.
My winter / spring mix for silvers I've been using for years and I see no need to alter it - just VDE Supercup & Secret with the proportions altered depending on the water temperature - in the depths of winter it might be 100% Supercup. In very clear water I'll also add Boland Roach Black which darkens the mix off but doesn't wash out like Tracix does.
For bream on the feeder I use Boland Bream Caramel (smells a bit like scopex) or Bream Brasem (which surprisingly smells a bit like sausage) - or on a carp water a sweet fishmeal.
One thing I keep seeing on YouTube is this strange craze for sieving dry groundbait - that bag has been carefully prepared by manufacturers who've forgotten more about groundbait than we're ever likely to learn so it behaves in a certain way when mixed correctly. Sieve out all the larger ingredients (usually bits of corn or hemp) and the texture and action of the groundbait is totally altered and you've thrown half of it away - groundbait is expensive enough without chucking half of it out for the birds. If you don't want groundbait with bits in don't buy it in the first place - it's not as if (as Dave pointed out at the top of the thread) there's nothing to choose from.
Disagree about sieving dry groundbait, there are occasions I do it, when I don’t want any large particles, it’s not often, only for silvers in extremely cold conditions, I don’t chuck the sieved ‘big bits’ away, that goes into the margin mix.