Richardson Lake - Bait Choices
Given the target species in the lake, there are two main options of attack. One is micro pellets and expanders, the other is caster, chopped worm and groundbait. In common with recent successes on the venue, Alex stuck with the trusty worm and caster combo
for today’s feature. While we have the two main options, there are others which can be equally effective on the bank. Dead maggot and groundbait works under the right conditions. Bomb and maggot, again under certain conditions. Another important aspect of
Alex's approach is to use some groundbait, not bucket loads, but enough to give him further options when preparing different areas of his peg. He used a full kilo of Sensas IM5 Beteine Green groundbait. This is a new improved 2017 version of this mix and it certainly makes a mark on your
nostrils! The bait is naturally sticky so Alex took care to wet it progressively. 1 kilo of groundbait took about 1 pint of water to get it slightly over wetted. This was to be certain that when he feeds it loose, every particle, which has been properly wetted, will sink evenly. Once the mix was riddled Alex added his
second groundbait ingredient – a sprinkling of two-colour Pastoncino! This is a dried Italian biscuit cake that works like a yo-yo, with bright coloured particles popping up off the groundbait then sinking again. It's a great visual attractor for both bream, tench and roach. Having explained his groundbait
approach, Alex runs through the reasons for his bait choices.
WORMS: Chop your worms before mixing up your groundbait and use your landing net to squeeze the juice out of the worms over your dry groundbait. This way none of the worm attraction is lost!
CASTERS: The second part of the worm and caster cocktail that is often so deadly at Marsh Farm!
DEAD MAGGOTS: Alex fed a few dead maggots along with his worms, caster and groundbait. This paid dividends, as he was able to nick a few extra bonus fish by switching baits. Live maggots are always a backup bait as well!