Derek's Fishing Pages
Memorable Fishing Trips
Returning to Fishing
Bait & Groundbait
Presents for Anglers
What will they eat?
The basic rule #1: Find a fish. Put something the fish will eat on a
hook. Place it in front of the fish. Don't scare it.
Groundbait (It works at sea too)
Ground bait does three things:
- By giving them a free taste it persuades any fish that find it that the bait
is naturally present in the water - tells them it's 'safe'.
- Invites any passing fish to stick around a while.
- Feeds the fish.
The first two are good, the last is a problem. Too much groundbait and
they're full up...
- The simplest form of groundbaiting — or is it? Loosefeeding
maggots for coarse fish and some observations on maggot behaviour.
- Groundbaiting with mud
- One of the best attractors and it's free.
- Groundbaiting with bread
- Making your own groundbait.
- The Winter Shuffle
- Should this be here or in the 'Methods' section? The shuffle is a great
way to attract fish as winter wears into spring.
- Scroff on the beach
- Why do so few sea anglers use groundbait?
- Take a bucket for a walk
- It can be hard to find fish in a swollen winter river, a preliminary
walk with a bucket of groundbait can pay off.
- Floating Crust on Still Water
- A simple, cheap and remarkably effective bait for many species.
Particularly good for carp and rudd.
- It's not just the crust that's useful — and even the crust doesn't
have to float.
- How to collect and keep good quality earthworms.
- Emergency Worms
- If you find yourself on the bank without a worm when you need one this
is what you do.
- Peeler Crab
- How I use crabs when bassing.
- Catching prawns
- Prawns are a first class bait where fish are used to finding them.
- Coloured Baits
- What is the point of coloured maggots?.
- Green Crust
- How to use floating crust and yet avoid the ducks.
Unless stated otherwise: Everything in this site
refers to fishing in the British Isles and similar northern European waters.