Preparing good burley prior to a fishing trip can make for a very productive and effective session of fishing. Essentially fishing burley is the release of small amounts of fish food into a waterway. This is used to attract fish into your location, hold them there and most importantly trigger a feeding frenzy while you cast your bait over the mayhem.
Fishing burley doesn’t have to be over-complicated and can be as simple as you like. From crumbling bread over the water, cutting up pilchard and casting over your fishing line, or creating a burley mix and releasing it through a burley pot.
Factors for a good Burley mix
What makes for a good burley mix? When it comes to making a good burley mix there are a few factors to consider and these include:
- Scent – A good burley mix has a strong scent trail that attracts fish from far and wide. This can be best achieved with tuna oil or a fish attractant oil.
- Already existing food – Consider the type of bait already available and the target fish are feeding on. Baitfish such as pilchard, whitebait, and garfish or other alternatives like sandworms and mussels just to name a few can be added into a burley mix.
- Frequency – One of the best advice I can give you when it comes to using Burley is to use a little at a time. We don’t want to overfeed our catch but initiate a feeding frenzy. I think of it like this, we’re serving the appetizers before we serve the main course on our hook.
- Water Column – Depending on the type of fish your targeting will determine how you burley. For example, if I was targeting Garfish I would throw bread crumbs over the surface of the water. As they predominantly inhabit the top water column. If it were Snapper or Whiting I would use a burley pot and sit it just above the bottom of the seabed.
How to make fishing Burley?
Creating your own burley mix from scratch is quite easy. If it was for saltwater fishing I would simply have a combination of chicken pellets, tuna oil, bread and mix in offcuts of either pilchard or whitebait.
Alternatively, if it were for freshwater fishing then bread, fish attractant oil, and grub mix will get the fish curious if they’re there. Various Burley pots are available on the market and can range from plastic pots to heavy-duty wired pots that will last for a long time.
My get started burley mix for saltwater bait fishing:Burley Bucket
Chicken Pellets or Burley Pellets
Bait fish off cuts (Pilchard or Whitebait)
Alternatively, buy fishing Burley
If making your own fishing Burley doesn’t suit you then alternatively burley mix can be bought from any local tackle store or online. They often come in pellet form and can quite easily be mixed in with tuna oil or fish attractant oil to give it that extra scent while in the water.
If you’re going with this option I recommend adding in bread into your mix as well to ensure the tuna oil gets soaked up and has a slow release while in the water.