Bread crumb ground baits are used by a lot of anglers, but it is important to get your technique right. Many successful fishermen use the technique, especially when catching carp. It is therefore well worth learning how to do it and how to get it correct so it enhances your chances of catching lots of fish.
There is an important tactic to it though. The problem with using a ground bait is that if you use too much then the fish will feed on it, be satisfied and have no reason to take the bait that is on the hook. It is therefore important to make sure that it attracts them without providing them with a filling meal. It is therefore a good idea to have a few powdered ingredients and some liquid or powdered attractants such as spices or flavourings or even colourings that will arouse their curiosity. The types of things that you can use are oils, coconut milk, condensed milk, herbs, powdered hemp or tiger nuts and creamed milks. These will help to stick the bread crumbs together and flavour them. Using white bread can be better as it will bind better and so the balls will hold together better in the water. You can also damp them before pitting them in the water. This will not only mean that they will stick together better but they will form a skin so they can fly further through the air if you need to throw them some distance from the shore. Making them in this way will mean that they will not be too satisfying and it could actually make the fish more hungry for proper food so they will be much more tempted to take the bait from your hook.
So, it can be a good idea to start by putting out half a dozen balls when you first start. This is best in clear water where they will be more easily seen. Also keep them in a small area as you do not want the fish straying too far from the hook. Large hooks can then be used as long as they are well hidden with bait and they are more likely to hold on to a fish. Carp will still be cautious though and so you will need to keep attracting them with the ground bait crumb. As it is not filling them up, they are more likely to be brave and come to investigate what you have on your hook and you are more likely to be able to catch them. However, you still do not want to use them too often as dropping them into the water can scare the fish and if some are already interested in your hook bait, they may be scared away. It is therefore good to try to be gentle and also keep a close check on what is going on, if it is possible for you to see anything under the water. It is more likely that you will have to guess, so just leave gaps between throwing them in and that should work out for you.
How to Keep Going
If you have several rods, then you will want to position them in the middle of them. You will need to be careful about what bait you are using as well. Obviously, the point is not to attract the fish to eat the ground bait but to actually come close and eat the bait on the hook. The ground bait is to attract them in but the hook is your target. Therefore, you will need to be careful to not use too much at a time or do it too often or they may just spend all of their time eating the ground bait and staying away from the hooks. Make sure that your hooks are also very attractive. If you are using flavour and colour on the ground bait, you will also need to use this on the hook bait. Think about how you can make the hook bait even more attractive than the ground bait, perhaps by using different colours and flavours. It can be a case of experimentation, but if you have the basics and try these methods, you will at least know where to start. Fiddling around with your bait recipes can make a difference, but it can be frustrating as in the same location, some days baits will just seem more attractive than others. You will also have to work much harder in the winter months as fish are less likely to bite so you may need more bait and to think harder about making it really attractive.