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Post  Andy Macfarlane on Sat Jul 13, 2013 1:19 am

Wrote this recently for a chap taking up tench fishing and remembered unusual groundbaits. It's got that and some other useful info. you might like a gander at.
 
For Tench, Trout, Perch & Big Roach

By Andy Macfarlane
 
 
Go digging for lobs and collect as many worms of ANY kind as you can find. Save the best of the lobworms for hook-baits and keep them aside, preferably in a lid-tight, breathable tub, containing neutral soil, sharp-sand and moss for scrubbing. Keep the rest of the worms you find IE: the redworms, the horrible green ones, brandlings, dendrobes and the ones too small to be of any real use and mince them up into about 2-3lbs of the soil you dug them from. You could even add chopped Minnows to your mix for added attraction. You can bulk out your soil with liquidised brown breadcrumb, if you wish to make it go further for longer sessions or attract other species like Roach and Rudd. Useful if the Tench aren't playing ball.
 
 
Make up your minced-worm, soil-blend, the day before you intend to use it, if you possibly can. Get the stink of worm right through the soil, which will also contain little bugs, microbes, worm-casts, amino-acids and all-sorts of little goodies. Rub it through with your hands. Riddle your mix if you're that fussy. Add some frozen red maggots. Frozen maggots will not break up groundbait balls.
 
 
At the bank-side, make up some nice tennis-ball sized balls of soil, with your minced worm/frozen red maggots blended in and mark exactly where it went in. Then fish over the top of your wormy/maggoty/fishy soil balls.
 
 
Firstly, I'd suggest a simple semi-fixed or running leger-rig. A bomb, drilled-bullet or a cage-feeder, good 4-6lb line to a size 10-8 hook and a good lob on for bait. You may also apply hair-rigged baits where applicable.
 
 
Secondly a simple float rig (maybe a lift-method rig) with an adjustable float. A Loafer/Chubber/Waggler for the lift, is ideal. Same 4lb line and same hook size.
 
 
As an idea....for your tackle requirements
 
Rods & Reels X 2
Alarms & Butt-rests X 2
Banksticks X 4
Selection of feeders (method, cage, open-end, weed-beater, floating)
Selection of hooks - (Size 8-10-12 semi-barbed or barbless hooks, perhaps Korum S3s, Kamasan Animals, Drennan Specialist Corn Hooks or similar)
Swivels & Snap-Links
Selection of Wagglers, Loafers or Chubber floats or Grayling floats.
Some BB split-shot or equivalent sizes and a selection of Arlesey Bombs and/or drilled bullets.
2lb hooklength and size 20 hooks if Roach/Rudd/Bream/Hybrids etc. appear.
Tub of prepared Lobworms & Tub of live red Maggots (1-2 pints), Casters if available & frozen Prawns, Bag of Bread, Tin Of M&S Corn
Freshly dug soil (the soil you got your worms from) with your minced worms and frozen red maggots.
2mm Fishmeal Pellets
Bottle of Robinson's for mixing your groundbait (optional).
Unhooking and Weighing assortments (disgorger, forceps, mat, sling, camera)
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Post  adie1200 on Sat Jul 13, 2013 12:50 pm

Good tips there Andy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy 
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Post  Tigi113 on Sun Jul 14, 2013 11:54 am

A newer method of a old method....maybe.
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Post  Andy Macfarlane on Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:50 am

Definitely old mate......VERY old. Just forgotten about for the most-part.

There's a few modern twists but for the most-part, it's just rehashing old-scholl baiting methods.
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Post  Tigi113 on Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:26 am

Spot on Andy, good tips sunny
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