Make Your Own Groundbait

This is a groundbait we have been using on our match circuit for many years to great effect for carp and bream. It is simple to make and more importantly it is cheap.

The first things you need for the process are:

Bait Box
4 mm hard pellets. ( Buy in bulk to make it cheaper )


Fill the bait box to just below the rim with pellets. If you want four pints of groundbait use a four pint bait tub.
Boil the kettle
Cover the pellets in the bait box with boiling water to just cover the pellets. ( Health and safety says be careful with the kettle. Boiling water bloody hurts)
Cover the bait box with clingfilm.
Attach the lid.

Then leave the pellets for at least a couple of hours, and for best results leave them overnight.

When you open the bait box you will now have a cake of soaked pellets.

Boiled pellets on Right and part of the cake for putting through a maggot riddle on left.

This is then pushed through a maggot riddle and you are left with a groundbait that is basically broken down pellets.

Push the pellet cake through the maggot riddle.

If you want a finer mix push it through again. If you want paste then add some water. Its great for the feeder or loose in shallow water or as an initial ball of groundbait.

The finished groundbait ready for bagging up on.

At Alders Farm I had just under 300lb and fed 22 pints of this mix in 6 hours made into a slop and a slightly stiffer mix as paste on the hook so it does work. Stewart Lister was pegged next but one to me so he knows !

From pellets to groundbait. Nice and simple.

It’s cheap and simple and this is so very often the best way.


  1. Darran Monk

    Sep 21, 2009

    Just wanted to share my untested groundbait recipe. I bought a bag of smart price (Asda) dried dog food (£1.54), 1 box of cheap Asda dog biscuits (Hero)(£1.17), 1 tub of jerk spice (£1) and half a tub of tandoori spice (£1). I also asked at the bakery section of Asda for some breadcrumbs from the bread slicing machine which they gave me free of charge (there was a good few kilos in the bag).

    I put all of the ingredients through a blender, then put all of the dry mix into a big tub (the type used for cheap emulsion). I tried mixing a small amount of the mix with water and it binds perfectly, then breaks apart. The mix has made the equivalent of about £30 worth of shop bought groundbait for under a fiver.

    Now all I have to do is try it. Going to go at the weekend. I’ll let you know how I do with it…..fingers crossed.

    • Davidhowell

      Jul 23, 2011

      hi darran. just trying your mix went to morrisons to get breadcrumbs tight fisted b——s charged me it would hve been cheaper to have bought a loaf of bread any way good luck always interested to know how it went.

      David Howell
      abbeydale shop

  2. paul sails

    Sep 23, 2009

    ello all,
    iv never used groundbait b4 so can sum1 tell me how much water u need 2use? thx

  3. Lee Thomas

    Sep 27, 2009

    How did the ASDA ground bait do then pal, waiting to hear.

  4. tucker

    Oct 22, 2009

    does anyone know any good night fishing venues near dewsbury west yorkshire for carp pike

  5. andy

    Oct 25, 2009

    so how did the asda smartprice ground bait work? me and my mate have just started fishing and want to find the cheapest ways to fish , cheers

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    Oct 29, 2009

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  7. Darran Monk

    Nov 05, 2009

    Sorry it’s taken so long to reply. I’ve only had time to go fishing once, this was on the 9th October. The groundbait worked great, I had a PB Carp 22.5lb from Westerly Lakes in Yorkshire. i went fishing for the weekend but only managed 3 fish. The lake was fisj=hing poorly that weekend and there were’nt many fish pulled out.

    Does my grouindbait work? I would love to say that it was my groundbait that brought the PB fish into my swim but I suppose only time will tell as you can’t really say that it was definately the groundbait that did it.

    I am going to try something a little different next time I make a batch, I have heard that strawberry or chocolate slimfast in your groundbait works, that will be my next experiment.


  8. Bollard Boi

    Nov 11, 2009

    what a great way to make groundbait i went to my local pond and had a 103lb bag of fish what a fking day fanks mate

  9. whinnerwhistle fishery

    Dec 26, 2009

    sensas crazy bait gold over a ‘the secret’ pop up from solar tackle with a bit of bread with a no.1 shot 2inch of the hook. will cost you a tenner for 1kg of groundbait and the pop ups

  10. connor

    Jan 17, 2010

    i have used this before, great ina feeder with a pellet on a band on the hook it works magic! highly reccomended!

  11. vicki knight

    Jan 18, 2010

    try using a standard kitchen sift.

  12. darren

    May 21, 2010

    i get my worms from the compost bin i get loads

  13. james

    Jun 06, 2010

    i just use a blender on dry pellets, saves ALOT of time

  14. master of disaster

    Aug 11, 2010

    Hi all been reading all your comments and ideas & there are a few bits ill give a go. but in all i have found the best bait for carp is a sweet bait. i even put a little olive oil over my lunchion meat then roll in caster sugar.. also i found they love a strawberry lunchion meat.. all spicy powders are a good mix to include in your ground baits too but like i say i personally find a sweet bait best for carp.. milk shake powder is the simplest also mix strawberrys into my ground bait and they went mad for it…
    happy fishing

  15. jacob

    Aug 25, 2010

    can you put something in maggots

  16. David Sims

    Aug 27, 2010

    Jacob, when you buy your maggot’s get them home riddle them off so they are as clean as possible and then add a flavour of your choice, i’ve found nutrabaits strawberry or banana are good, add about 5ML to a pint of maggots. Leave them for about an hour so the flavour works into the maggots, then if you want you can put them into your freezer overnight. When you get them out as they thaw they will suck the flavour in, they will all be dead and if fishing a lake they will lie on the silt for the fish to have an easy meal. Hope that helped TIGHT LINES.

  17. joe

    Sep 07, 2010

    Nice idea it will definatly save me money !!!

  18. Dan

    Sep 09, 2010

    Dose it work with 6mm floting pellits

  19. BEN

    Sep 12, 2010

    6mm cheap trout pellets. 1 tub of dog food. any flavouring(vannila works well) put in a small dish. pour boiling water over your mix and leave for a few hours(overnight if possible). take out your mix and give it a quick stur (blend if possible) and use on a method feeder or add some flour and use as paste for hookbait. if you wanted you could add an extra egg and some flour and also use as boilies ( just role and boil them). i have tryed all these methods recently landed a 16 pound carp using my home-made paste with my mix on the method feeder. thanks alot ,ben 14

  20. pranno

    Jan 10, 2011

    Is this a cookery website or what?

  21. Stu Woods Dcfc

    Mar 24, 2011

    If I make this will I be able to store this and how

  22. Harry Rose01

    Mar 26, 2011

    this is the best stuff i’ve tried hip hip

  23. ChrisL

    Aug 04, 2011

    Type your comm Subscribe by email ent here. Well, I’ve read so many forums on groundbait, baits, surface bait fishing, ledgering that my heads in a spin. There are so many different recipes out there that I have decided to concoct my own groundbait and try out some different baits as well.  I intend to go tomorrow and try all this out.  Here is my recipe – 1 loaf of bread 47p, 1 tin of Chappie dog food 825gm 99p, Cheese spread tub 45p tablespoon mixed spice 2 tablespoons of milk 1/2 large tin strawberry flavoured sweetcorn 60p. Total cost £2-51. Crumbed the bread (leaving the crust out for surface bait) and then mixed in all of the other ingredients. Makes a lovely sticky goo which I have put into a cage feeder and shook it about to make sure it doesn’t come out. Success! If it doesn’t work I can feed it to the dog as he went mad whilst I was making it! As bait I will be using bacon, pork sausages, mature cheese cubes, chickens liver and the left over strawberry sweetcorn. This little lot cost me £2-08. A cheap lot of bait which I reckon will do at least two fishing trips. I’ve put it all in seperate containers too so that if I do have any left over I can freeze it Well, let you know after tomorrow.

  24. gaz24

    Aug 24, 2011

    i mix my ground bait with strawberry milkshake mix and bread on hook dippet in honey and the carp go mad for it in 1 day i had 16 carp rangeing between 6lb to 18lb

    • Owenjack99

      Sep 03, 2011

      are u james scorahs step dad and nials aswell james said hes caught a lot with u if is plz reply hes like mi best mate!!

  25. roo

    Sep 24, 2011

    i use digestive biscuits instead of breadcrumbs, works the same but is sweeter and cheap

  26. Adamduggan85

    Nov 15, 2011

    this is the best ground bait ive used in a long time! thanks

  27. Bob

    Apr 01, 2012

    wat is it like is it good to use

    • joshua

      Jul 06, 2012

      ingredients- bait box/bucket,kettle,4mm halibut pellets,salt,pepper and curry powder
      fill the bait box/bucket with pellets half way.Add a bit of salt and pepper and 3 table spoons of curry powder.then mix it all in.then boil the kettle pore the boiling water into the bait box/bucket just above the pellets put the lid on and leave for about 5 hours.then take the lid off and add a tea spoon of salt and mix it all in put he lid back on and leave it overnight.

  28. ashe

    Aug 27, 2012

    Hummm that ground bait work proper well i caught a 56 lb not joking

  29. dave

    Apr 21, 2013

    there’s loads of stuff u can use for groundbaits
    eg digestives, ginger, oat types

    bread white or brown

    pellets blended to a powder or dampened down

    weetabix and other cerals added to other home made groundbaits
    plus add things like custard powder or milkshake powders
    just some other ideas for u all to try

  30. Andy And Lou

    May 21, 2014

    Hi just read through some of your comments and whilst I agree in principal I worry about the effects of some of these ingredients on the water quality should they be introduced in large quantities. All shop bought groundbaits are rigorously tested and contain fish friendly products however these like anything need to be used sensibly and moderately. On the whole I think fish will eat almost anything you present to them if they are in the mood however uneaten food stays on the bottom of the lake and when it starts to break down it can cause toxins that take the oxygen out of the water killing the fish and no self respecting angler wants this. Please be sensible and introduce new groundbaits moderatly so fish and fishing can be enjoyed by many for many years happy angling everyone cheers Andy a very dedicated angler and fish lover(not in that way)lol.


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