In order to fish successfully in rivers and stagnant waters, you usually first have to bring the selected target fish close to the bait. The common method of feeding has now almost become a science in its own right. We would therefore like to give you only the basics here, because every angler develops his own approach over time and with increasing experience.
Feed mix for feeding
Usual bait mixes contain, for example, breadcrumbs and particle feed, such as boiled hard corn or hemp seeds. Maggots and mosquito larvae are also gladly accepted. Alternatively there is ready-made basic feed mixes, which can also be mixed with the ingredients mentioned.
The forage is spread either loosely over an area or pressed into firm bales; these dissolve in the water and cover a more concentrated area. This attracts most of the non-coarse fish.
However, this is unfavorable when fishing specifically for carp, because white fish such as chub, roach or bream occur in larger stocks and eat the carp away from the food. Therefore have Boilies Proven: these are boiled food balls that are larger and harder than particle and pellet food. They cannot be eaten by the smaller species.
A special treat for carp are also those that are quite firm Tiger nutswhich are particularly rich and almost irresistible in their smell for carp. Boilies and tiger nuts can be added to the feed mixture either whole or crushed.
What is the best way to feed?
It is advisable to start feeding a few days before the hide. Although this is not absolutely necessary, it increases your chances of catching a great deal: the shy carp in particular have to get used to both the feeding place and the food. Because if a carp has already eaten a few boilies, it becomes less suspicious of the actual bait.
The quantities required depend on the population and temperature; the fewer fish there are and the lower the water temperature, the less feed is used. In addition, ponds and lakes should generally be fed less so that the water does not "tip" due to an oversupply of nutrients.
More feeding is allowed in flowing water, as the feed is distributed quickly. There you can also mix earth or pebbles into the bales of food so that they sink to the bottom more quickly.
Feeding for predatory fish?
At first glance, feeding for pikeperch or pike does not make sense. However, if you consider that the non-coarse fish attracted by it are on the predator's menu, you will soon be able to spot the first specimens that hunt for schools of prey fish.
If you then have a skilfully guided Artificial bait or offer a tasty bait fish, you will soon have landed your fish and the feeding has served its purpose.
If you've been new to fishing, hopefully this article has helped you get started in the broad field of feeding. And if you're a pro and know a few tricks and twists, tell us about your catchiest methods in the comments!