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Winter particles and groundbaits

Wednesday, 29th January 2014

Many people think that seeds, particles and groundbaits are less effective in winter. They are making a BIG mistake! I will happily use as much groundbaits, etc. in winter as I do in summer and I have found that a particle-based approach is actually more productive than one based purely on boiled baits.
One of the best mixed groundbaits going with a well documented success rate is a mixture of equal parts oat groats/flaked maize/Haith’s Carpticle. This brilliant combination is inexpensive, easy to prepare (simply soak for 8-12 hours and it’s ready to use), yet it is full of nutrition and has the added bonus of being highly visual, a very important aspect of any winter bait carpet. The mix is very versatile as it can be used in many different ways. For instance, you can stiffen the “wet” mix with a bulk ingredient such as maize meal or semolina, or with a more expensive yet more attractive ingredient in the form of a proprietary boilie mix. In addition you can add pellets, boilie crumb and boilie chops, particles, nuts and just about anything that takes your fancy.

Another superb winter blend is a 50/50 mix of hemp seed and Haith’s® Red Band®. Simply soak the two ingredients for 24 hours then bring to the boil. Once boiling, turn off the heat and allow the seeds to cool. The mix is now ready for use. You can pep it up still further by the addition of a couple of spoonfuls of Betaine, hemp oil and molasses. These should be added when preparation is complete and the seeds have cooled, as heat will destroy the Betaine. Why not take the above blend a step further by adding some mini maize as well? This adds colour and taste to an already powerful blend.

I have used groundbaits in winter for many years now and I am in no doubt that they can give you an edge, especially on hungry, well stocked waters which are ideal for winter action. Though most of the groundbaits I use required a certain amount of preparation, many can be used straight from the bag. You may find that the groundbait improves however, if you allow it to stand overnight. This allows the various ingredients to absorb water and flavours. In many cases the mixture stiffens so well that you can use it to form balls of groundbait that incorporate boiled baits, a very effective method of baiting up a river or lake.

Some seeds and seed blends benefit positively from being steeped for a period of 8-12 hours, preferably initially in boiling water. Crushed seeds are not as positively affected, but even these can draw in added attractors if allowed a brief soak. I much prefer this method of making up a groundbait as it helps release the in built attraction of the groundbait’s various ingredients. I usually make up the half the required amount the night before using a lot of water to form a very sloppy mix which softens some of the harder seeds and releases oils and natural attraction as the ingredients soften. After the soak I add dry groundbait to achieve the consistency I am looking for. One of the very best winter groundbaits is the Robin Red®-based carp groundbait SuperRed™. It is best to stiffen the wet mix with dry groundbait but you can also use breadcrumb, flour, maize meal or a boilie mix to achieve the right consistency. Alternatively try adding prepared particles such as mini-maize or crushed tiger nuts to add still further to the attraction?

Peanut granules are another bright, highly visual winter bait and they can be used after nothing more than an overnight soak. However, they are much more effective better if they are cooked in flavoured, sweetened water for 10-15 minutes after the soak. Nutrabaits Cranberry Nutrafruit with Sweet Cajouser takes an awful lot of beating as an attractor package. If you’ve used prepared crushed peanuts, you’ll know how much better they are at attracting fish than the whole kernels and mini peanut particles are infinitely better. Peanut granules are arguably one of the finest (and yet least known) mini particle baits in existence and they are absolutely ideal for winter carping.

Groats are arguably the most effective mini particle. I rate them up there alongside hempseed and carp can become equally preoccupied on the little yellow grains as they can on hempseed. A very effective trick is to blend groats with neat SuperRed™. The SuperRed™ is placed in a bucket along with an equal quantity of groats. Flavours and attractors can be added at this point. Water is now added so that the whole mixture is covered to a depth of two inches and the whole sloppy mess is stirred to blend everything together properly. Then the groundbait is allowed to stand overnight. By the following morning the groats will have absorbed the water and the larger mini seeds in the SuperRed™ will also have swollen in the flavoured water.
 
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I will happily use as much groundbaits, etc. in winter as I do in summer.
 
Groundbait Balls

In many cases the mixture stiffens so well that you can use it to form balls of groundbait that incorporate boiled baits, a very effective method of baiting up a river or lake.
 
Seed blends

Some seeds and seed blends benefit positively from being steeped for a period of 8-12 hours. Preferably initially in boiling water.
 
SuperRed

One of the very best winter groundbaits is the Robin Red®-based carp groundbait SuperRed™. 
 
add prepared particles to SuperRed

Try adding prepared particles such as mini-maize to add still further to the attraction?
 
Peanut Granules

Peanut granules are another bright, highly visual winter bait and they can be used after nothing more than an overnight soak.

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"Sloppy Groundbait" by
12 Oct 2016

Hi can you please tell me is it ok to use sloppy groundbait in the winter on commercials for F1`s and Carp. Thanks

Haith's customer services:

It is perfectly fine to use wet sloppy groundbait in winter, however, cut down the amount of oil that is used as most will coagulate in cold water and will not work as intended.

Many thanks

Haith's

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