Q&A with Bait-Tech’s Ian Didcote

Q&A with Bait-Tech’s Ian Didcote

Martyn, from Liverpool, asks:

20.08.13_1Q: I’m fishing for skimmers soon and wondered what is my best plan of attack? Do I fish pellets for them or groundbait with natural baits like worms and casters? How do I know what will be best? I don’t know the venue, only that it holds very few carp but a good head of skimmers.

A: If in doubt do both and see what works best on the day.

I often fish both baits during one session but will feed them on different lines to see what is most effective on the day. One thing is for sure, if you know pellets will work then I will feed a fishmeal groundbait or a blend of groundbait and pellets. I love using fishmeal groundbait for skimmers and I will often fish this 50:50 blended with Bait-Tech Omen groundbait.

20.08.13_2Bait-Tech Special G Gold groundbait mixed with Omen is a fantastic mix when targeting large numbers of skimmers. I’ll add a small amount of worms to this and a few dead red maggots and will fish either a worm head or single maggot over the top. I generally like to feed a few big balls of this on a line at around 11m to 13m out.

For my pellet line I will loose feed 4mm Bait-Tech Carp and Coarse pellets at around 14m beyond my groundbait line. I will also feed some micro pellets here and fish a soft expander pellet over the top.

This way I have both baits covered and can use both swims to catch from. Double your approach for fail safe fishing. I hope this helps.

7 Responses to Q&A with Bait-Tech’s Ian Didcote

  1. Morgan September 10, 2013 at 6:28 pm

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  2. Alan Bromyard January 27, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Can l ask what mix would you use to pre bait a large lough in Ireland for bream and tench.

    • Bait-Tech January 28, 2014 at 11:34 am

      Hey – we have an answer from Dean Barlow:
      Since the fishmeal revoluation hasn’t taken over in Ireland a very sweet mix is required with lots of particles to keep the shoals of fish feeding in thes big irish loughs.
      My choice would be 70% Pro Natural and 30% Mantra. Lots of particles are need to keep the big fish feeding so you’ll need plenty of corn and superseed hemp to go with it.
      A good tip when your mixing your groudbait is using the juices from the tins of corn and hemp to mix your groundbait, then you get all the goodness and flavours mixed in!!

      • Alan Bromyard January 28, 2014 at 7:32 pm

        Thanks dean, just what l wanted, l was after a different mix, the pro bream from van dan eyin, isn’t doing the job for me anymore. l have not had much luck with the fishmeal groundbait in the rarely fished loughs in the passed, l use a spod or a bait boat to put lots of particles out. They cant get enough of them. I put in half a cool box a pre baiting.

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