Surface Fishing – Giving Your Mixers An Edge

I use a lot of floater cake for my surface fishing but my second favourite surface bait is the humble dog biscuit and by far the most favoured is chum mixer.

With these being a favourite surface fishing bait the fish can obviously become wary of them and although this isn’t a new technique having been used as far back as the 70’s and 80’s (at least), I would like to show you a simple technique for making your dog biscuits stand out from the rest.


The ingredients you can use are endless but for this example (it’s my personal favourite combination) I’m going to be using Bait-Tech Omega 3 Fish Oil, Bait-Tech Liquid Worm and CC Moore Liquid Robin Red.

Firstly you need to weigh out 500g of Chum Mixer (or mixer of your choice) into a plastic bag that can be blown up like a balloon with no leaks.


Next measure out the following quantities of liquids in to a waterproof container with a lid:

25ml Cold Water
20ml Bait-Tech Liquid Worm
10ml CC Moore Liquid Robin Red
5ml Bait-Tech Omega 3 Fish Oil

If you would like to add colour to your mixers add a tsp of powdered food colouring to the dry mixers now and give them a quick shake to mix it through. (as you will see later you don’t always need to add colouring to get the mixers coloured)

Putting the lid on the waterproof container give it a gentle shake for a minute to mix all the liquids together. Obviously the oil isn’t going to mix with the water very well so the next step needs to be done before the liquids have time to seperate again.

Pour the now mixed liquids over mixers and blow the bag up twisting the top to keep the air in.

Now gently shake the bag in a circular motion until the sides of the bag are clean / almost clean of the liquids.

This means the mixers have now taken on all of the liquids.

I like to transfer the prepared mixers into a more sturdy container such as in the picture but it isn’t a necessary step.

It’s best to leave the mixers overnight to completely take on the liquids and soften up before using.

A couple of things to remember if your going to prepare your mixers are that they won’t cast as far having been made softer, they may not float for as long as dry mixers (although they still float a good while), you may be able to actually directly hook them unlike dry mixers which require bait bands, drilling or superglue.

I have used this method successfully through spring, summer, autumn and even a few mild winters so it isn’t necessarily a summer only technique. It’s important to remember if your going to try this in winter to use an oil that has been winterised. (put your oil in the fridge overnight if there are no white specks in it the next day it’s winterised, salmon oil is usually a good one for winter)

If you really want to make your hook bait stand out fire out dry mixers as freebies along with a couple of your prepared mixers and you may find the carp actually start hunting out your prepared ones.

I always like to try and get them feeding confidently before I cast out, then I will over cast and slowly start to reel the hook bait back to the feeding area.

I hope you have found this blog interesting and useful.

Till next time tight lines and happy experimenting.

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