NEXT GENERATION TACKLE
Conventional baits such as red maggots, casters and worms have worked wonders for bream over many years and are still successful, although smaller squatts and pinkies are far less used.
At one time just about all serious skimmer and big slab hunters relied on squatts in their groundbait, to help activate the fish, because these tiny feed maggots kept a shoal grazing for ages. But squatts are hard to find these days and pinkies seem out of favour, too. I find this strange, because I have enjoyed some of my best bream sessions combining the whole spectrum of natural baits.
I remember a feature I did at Ely Pits, where bigger baits such as maggots, casters and worms were being ignored by the bream, but when I switched to smaller pinkies on the hook it was a big slab a chuck. Must try that again! is available from reputable tackle dealers.
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