It has been a while since I made any new groundbait. My previous concoctions have served me well for the fish I was seeking and the tactics I was using. Recently I have rediscovered the simplicity of float fishing, whether that has been on rod and line, whip or my selection of tele-poles. Most of the time I am happy with whatever comes along and takes my bait. On our small local river, I caught four species in about an hour on my very first visit armed with nothing more than a 3m whip, bread and maggots.
This time of year my thoughts are turning to predator fishing. In past years that has been mainly satisfied by a spot of dropshotting, however, I have been looking into lure fishing for pike, and I think I am going to give that a go, at some point. For now, I am going to go and target the perch using my float gear. I plan to try and tempt the fish into the area with a fishy groundbait as an attractant and then feed over the top with whatever hook bait I am using. I have no idea if this will work, but I will find out. I may end up attracting all the wrong fish. Whatever happens, it will give me a chance to experiment with a new groundbait.
|The Assembled ingredients for the base mix of Cattyfish groundbait|
Regular readers will recall that for a long time I have been drying out cheap supermarket sliced bread. This was fine when I was only making small quantities of groundbait. As time has gone on, I am using more and more as well as making some for friends. I now buy my breadcrumb ready made that is supplied in sacks, that is much more convenient, if slightly more expensive. If kept dry, it lasts indefinitely. I have a large blue storage barrel that I keep our bulk birdseed in. The breadcrumb is stored in there where it is also rodent free.
Below is my initial recipe. This will make just under a kilo of groundbait, just enough for a single trial session.
My Cattyfish Groundbait Recipe
- 200g Breadcrumb
- 200g Rich Tea biscuits
- 200g Cat biscuit
- 50g Prawn crackers
- 175g Seed hemp, including the liquid (half a tin)
- 160g Tin of tuna
|Dry ingredients after processing to a fine powder|
|Adding the liquidised wet ingredients|
|Now it is just right - you can't beat a good riddle!|
|Cattyfish Groundbait ready for use|
I will let you know how I get on with this one. As I say I have no idea whether this approach will work, but I will have fun trying!