match star Dickie Carr gives his verdict on his favourite tench
has been my favourite grounbait for tench for more than a decade.
It all started in the early days of Willow Park. Thiswas, and
still is, a venue dominated by large shoals of tench and to a
lesser extent, crucian carp.
method was to use fairly large quantities of groundbait, feeding
small firm balls very regularly. The first time I visited Willow,
the locals told me that red groundbait was definitely best. With
this in mind, I decided that I would try Expo and really could
not believe how good it was for tench.
is a sweet grounbait that is easy to mix to a firm texture and
will go down to the bottom with one good squeeze. It contains
a lot of molasses which gives it it's sweet aroma and I would
certainly recommend taking a bag of Expo if you are going tench
Stillwater fisheries of reasonable depth, i.e. 6ft or
more, with a good head of bream, carp and tench. It's bright crimson
colour is attractive to all these species. Expo works very well
used by itself and is a particularly good mix for days when there's
a need to put plenty of groundbait and loose offerings into the
water. It's a well proven groundbait with a consistancy which
allows it to introduced by hand or through a feeder.
For shallow still waters: 1 part Expo, 1 part Special, with 2
parts Vijer. The Special and Vijer lightens the mix and gives
a cloud effect.
For deeper stillwaters: 2 parts Expo, 1 part Secret. Thse two
are very similar in texture and mix together well. For deeper
waters where the bait needs to get to the bottom befor breaking
For rivers: 2 parts Expo, 1 part Natuur. Works well for feeder
work on rivers. To introduce by hand in balls then use 2parts
Expo, 1 part Turbo+. Whre big bream are present Brasem or Vanille
can be added to enhance all these mixes.
4. For eels and catfish: 1 part Expo, 1 part Bloedmeal. This is
a mix recommended for use when scavenger species are the target.
For best results, place groundbait and additives in a round mixing
Blend the dry ingredients thoroughly befor adding water.
Add water slowly whilst vigorously stirring the mix together.
This procedure is made easier with a sponge, which allows even
distribution of water.
The use of a round groundbait bowl means there are no corners
to trap and leave dry groundbait.
5. When the mix begins to appear adequately dampened set it aside
for 5-10 minutes.
You should find after 10 minutes the mix will require a little
more water before it's ready for use.
If you are using damp leam add it to the mixture now, and not