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Green Sensas Groundbait Buckets

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

A big green Sensas bucket – if you don’t own one then you probably should! I own a few of these and a range of different riddles and in terms of preparing bait, they make the process 100% easier.

I’m not sure how long I have been using these. I think it’s something I purchased back in 1994 after seeing all of the anglers using them at the World Championships at Holme Pierpoint, Nottingham.

If you are fishing a venue like Drayton where there is a large head of fish you will get through a lot of groundbait! Having a big container to mix everything in saves time and results in a better mix. The bucket is a much better option than a standard collapsible mixing bowl, the smooth sides stop the mix getting caught up and helps ensure the water is evenly distributed.

After mixing the bait you should use a riddle to improve the consistency. If you have a couple of buckets, put a maggot riddle over one and then tip the mix through.

The buckets are also good for storing bait in while you are fishing. Leaving groudbait out during a session will mean that it slowly changes consistency. If it is hot then the mix will dry out, if it is raining you will end up with slop! Either way it will have an effect on your bait presentation, that perfect heavy mix which should be breaking up when it hits the bottom will be scattering your bait everywhere from mid water if it gets dried up in the sun. Keep your bait covered up in the bucket and just keep tipping it out into a different bowl as and when you need it.

There are quite a few other buckets on the market. The pack from Preston Innovations looks quite useful, with a range of different bowls an a knuckle to attach it to one of your sweatbox legs. Next time you see these in your local tackle shop, pick one up!

Underwater Angling by Paul Garner and Stuart Morgan

Monday, November 19th, 2012

I’ve been meaning to write this review for a few days now, but the free time where I could have written the post have actually been spent reading and going back over the book. This is probably a hint of where the review is going. Underwater Angling is fantastic! Paul and Stuart have a passion for what they do, and it is clearly demonstrated throughout the book.

underwater angling

After flicking through the pages when it arrived, my first impressions were high. There are some really great pictures of fish and rigs. The underwater images are really interesting. I’m sure we have all tried to picture what our rigs look like after we have cast a bait into the water, seeing these in real life offers a fantastic insight. I have often thought my feeder fishing has suffered due to my hook bait not sitting close enough to the feeder offerings – I’ve certainly got more information now which should help me catch more fish!

The scientific approach the book takes is for me what sets it apart from other books or articles in magazines. I have read lots of articles which tend to be along the lines of “I did this and I caught these fish”. This can be good as it does offer advice on which methods are producing fish. However, Underwater Angling questions traditional approaches and offers suggestions on what could improve bait presentation or where to fish by investigating what happens below the surface of the water. There are lots of examples where the authors had moments where what they found was the opposite to what they assumed would happen. I’m not going to list these out – read the book!

So far, I found a few of the chapters particularly interesting. With Barbel fishing I have spent a lot of sessions experimenting with different braids, different hook patterns, and different lengths of hook lengths. The findings in the book will save hours of experimenting on the backside and will definitely help me make decisions next time I’m out on the bank.