Spodding and Spombing - A guide to Accurately Baiting your Swim
Spodding or spombing are great ways to get a quantity of free offerings out around your hook bait. It may take a little bit of time if you want to put a large quantity into the swim but it can be well worth the effort.
There is also a technique you will need to master in order to accurately cast a spod or a spomb.
This article will explain spodding and spombing in more detail and give you some ideas for spod mixes you can use to entice more carp to feed as well.
The Difference Between a Spod and Spomb
A spod or a Spomb will both do the same job in terms of getting bait out into your swim but there are some slight differences between them.
The most noticeable difference is in how they look but they also deliver the bait into the water differently as well.
A Spod is a tube shaped device with a weighted end that is filled with bait from the top. Upon impact with the water's surface, the tube tips upside down and empties the bait onto the lake bed.
A Spomb looks a bit like a small rocket with a spring-loaded nose that causes the tube to open length-ways down the middle. It is then filled with bait and snapped shut. The device is weighted to ensure the nose hits the water first. On impact, the spring-loaded nose opens the spomb and releases the bait.
Is a Spod or Spomb Better?
The answer to this question will depend on what kind of bait you're hoping to get out into the swim.
A spod is usually found to be better at delivering smaller baits like pellets if your aim is to put a large carpet of bait on the bed. Whereas a spomb is likely to cope better with larger, heavier baits such as boilies.
Accurate at long distance
Simple to fill
Great for delivering a carpet of bait in the swim
Spills if filled incorrectly
Not great for large baits
Loose particle baits can spill through holes
Can carry any bait without spilling
Delivers a tighter group of bait
Chance of opening mid-flight if not closed properly
More elements and moving parts that can break
Need to be cast be cast high to ensure opening
How to Set Up a Spod or Spomb
Having the correct set up for spodding or spombing will make the task easier and much more effective. Below is som eadvice on picking the best set up and some of my suggestions for equipment.
A good, stiff rod is what I would recommend here. A rod of around 5 lb test curve is what I like to go for as there can be a great deal of pressure exerted on the rod when casting spods and spombs out. A rod like this Sonik Vader spod & Marker rod is ideal.
Reel for Spodding
A solid large-sized reel is also necessary. I prefer to use a braided line on my spod reel as braid is stronger and has a higher breaking strain than a mono line. The Wychwood Dispatch spod reel offers excellent value and comes ready-spooled with braided line. You can view that here on Amazon.
If you have a bigger budget and intend on doing a lot of spodding, you would benefit from a reel with a higher gear ratio. The gear ratio determines how much line is retrieved per handle turn.
A ratio of 5.1:1, like on the top of the range Daiwa Emblem spod reel, will give you 4 feet of line retrieval per handle turn, which is fantastic for continued spodding and winding in of the spod.
Line for Spodding
As I mentioned earlier, braid is my chosen type of line for spodding due to the higher breaking strain. Braid also has practically no stretch either; it is important for the line not to stretch when spodding as you'll be using your line clip to ensure you are hitting the same distance every time.
When the line hits the clip with a heavily loaded spod, mono line would have a fair bit of stretch and could cause you to overshoot your spod mark.
Here is some well-priced braided line that will do the job.
It is also well advisable to wear some sort of finger protection for casting a spod or spomb, especially if you're using braided line. During prolonged spodding sessions, braided line will start to cut into your fingers.
These Korda finger stalls are cheap and worth the purchase to keep you from slicing your fingers.
How to Spod - Spodding and Spombing Technique
Honing your technique is key for consistent, accurate bait delivery. The actual process of spodding is a fairly simple one:
- Cast out a marker float to the area you want to spod.
- Cast out an empty spod or spomb to your marker float.
- Clip the line in your reel's line clip once you've made an accurate cast.
- Wind the spod back in and fill it up with your spod mix.
- Cast back out towards the spod, making sure you hit your line clip.
- Leave the spod out for a few seconds to give it a chance to empty before winding back in and repeating.
Whilst the actual steps are simple, there are a few little techniques you can use to make your spodding more accurate and efficient. The video below features some great tips you can use.
Best Spod Mixes to Use
Now that you know all about spodding and how to spod, you need to decide what you're going to put out into the lake.
A spod or a spomb can deliver almost any kind of bait into your swim: boiles, pellets, groundbait balls, particles, mixes and even floating baits if your surface fishing.
A popular option is to go with a spod mix, which is what I'll be covering in this section.
A favorite to spod out and use as free offerings has always been the good old pellet.
But over time particle baits have advanced somewhat and, while some carp anglers still use pellets, more often than not they'll use particles like hemp, maize, tares, and nuts.
Generally, any combination can be used but different fish may favour a certain particle so it is worth experimenting with different types. A particle spod mix can also be enhanced with liquid or powdered additives.
These particle baits are an excellent and proven carp-catching bait but must be properly prepared before using them: they will all need soaking in water for at least 24 hours then boiling for up to an hour before you use them.
Remember to keep some of the water they were boiled in for your mix as this will contain the particles natural flavours and juices.
Alternatively, you can opt for shop-bought particles, which all come nicely packaged and properly prepared ready for use but will work out to be more costly.
Here's a simple and effective spod mix you can prepare yourself:
One key thing to remember with your spod mixes is you are not using them to feed the fish but purley as an attracto;, you don't want them to be so preoccupied with the mix that they are ignoring your hook bait.
It's also a good idea to add something to your spod mix that closely resembles your hook bait. If you are using bottom baits on your rig like boilies then add a handful of those to your mix.