Fishing for scramble

Originally from the Mediterranean Sea, the technique of scrambling has proved its worth since a long time ago, and has seduced sea fishermen all around the world. This natural bait fishing is practised only by boat, as the technique involves baiting an area off the coast, at depths of 30-100 meters. The aim is to stimulate the fishes' appetite and attract them to the boat and bring them up to the lines.

The scramble: definition and composition

Grazing signals baiting, and grazing involves baiting a spot to attract fish, offering them food. Depending on the species sought, the composition of the muck will change. It is indeed necessary to adapt the bait to the diet of the wanted fish.

The scramble: composition

But what is in the scramble ?

  • Sardines are the undisctussted star of scrambled fish. Highly nutritious, it pleases almost all species of fish, thus widening your catching possibilities;

  • Sardines are the most popular fish in the world.
  • Mackerel is also very popular, although a little less nutritious. It helps to attract large deep-sea predators;

  • Anchovies are the basis of the Mediterranean broumé from which the technique originates. Whole, this small fish allows you to catch nice medium-sized prey;

  • The shrimp is ideal for catching rock fish, such as grey bream, sarrans, redshanks, or even girelles ;

  • The mussel is used raw at the end of the line because it holds better, but cooked in the making of broumé. Like the shrimp, it panics the sparidae, which cannot resist it;

  • Spiders are also very nutritious and are a favourite food for many carnivores. A nice piece will give a good hold, while smaller pieces are more suitable for making scrambles;

  • The flours are classically used in the composition of scramble. They are obtained from ground fish and other foodstuffs, sometimes with the addition of sand for ballast and better density. The flours create water that is cloudy enough to give the illusion of safety to even the wariest of fish.

  • The flours are used in the production of fish.

Make your own scramble :

The scramble can be purchased ready-made, in buckets, but you can also prepare your own mixture, so that it exactly matches your needs. Don't forget to adapt your recipe to the prey you are targeting. You should also be aware that the stench of home-made swill can be very discouraging! An old technique is to mix whole fish, grits and flour to sharpen the appetite of the fish. Sardines, anchovies or mussels can be used whole for cooking large specimens.

The classic recipe for scrambled fish

The classic recipe for scramble is as follows: 

  • ⅓ of crushed sardines or anchovies ;

  • ⅓ of crushed stale bread or flour ;

  • ⅓ of sand ;

  • of sardine ;

  • a little salt water.

This rather heavy mixture sinks quickly to the bottom. It is then sufficient to place it in a special net before throwing it into the water.

The mixture is quite heavy and sinks quickly to the bottom.

Humming with scramble technique and materials

This fishing is done between two waters, from a properly moored boat. The boat must not be subject to any shifting so as not to extract the lines from the baiting area. The baiting must be continuous so as to maintain the scent trail and the cloud of cloudiness intended to attract the fish. The amount of groundbait you throw into the sea is determined by the amount of fish on your spot. Beware: any interruption can be fatal to your fishing session.

Technique : fishing for bonito with scrambling

The bonite is a good example as it’s one of the most combative fish for its size. It is fished in a scramble, using a few kilos of sardines, unlike the scramble of bluefin tuna, which requires a large quantity of sardines. Once the boat is moored in an area with a strong current, it is primed by regularly throwing in chopped sardines, which sink slowly before being carried away by the current. This creates an olfactory trail, which the bonito will follow up to reach your line.

The bonito is a fish with a long history.

Scrambling fish: material

For scrambling, get some solid equipment ready for dailies and fights:

They're not the only ones.

  • A rod of 2.40 to 3 mètres, of 20/60 gr ;

  • Un jig reel filled with 300 m of nylon ;

  • Nylon from 26 to 35/100, of good quality so that it does not twist;

  • Des Treble hooks;

  • A Fluorocarbon Leader  from 1,50 meter ;

  • To simplify priming, you can use an automatic scramble. Once it is set, it will release the right amount of mist without your intervention.

  • The use of an automatic mist blower is very easy.

You're here first for a game of scramble, which you'll have either bought outright or concocted yourself. This fishing technique is practical because you can catch any fish. This means that you are almost certain not to come up empty-handed. Scrambling has been a passion for decades, and once you try it, you're sure to become an enthusiastic fan.

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