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Angling Times (UK) - - WHERE TO FISH -

Bag ‘em Match Baits an­gler Paul Hardy says... TACKLE: You need strong tackle even if you’re bream fish­ing as the odd bar­bel will show up – 4oz-5oz feed­ers to com­bat the flow with 8lb-10lb main­lines and hooks around 12-14 are a must. Start with a hook­length of about 3ft, but go longer if bites aren’t forth­com­ing. Don’t fish too high a di­am­e­ter main­line or the flow will pull your feeder out of po­si­tion. BAIT: A fish­meal-based ground­bait is best. Mix it so it’s sticky and holds in the feeder well, and put chopped worm and cast­ers in the mix. As for hook­baits, cast­ers, worm and mag­gots all work for sil­vers, while big pel­lets are best for the bar­bel. TAC­TICS: Try to re­cast the feeder ev­ery 5-10 min­utes, as the flow will quickly take the feed out of your swim. It’s of­ten worth tap­ing up the holes on your feeder to slow this process down. A tide run­ning off is bet­ter for bar­bel, while the turn is a good time for bream, so it’s worth check­ing the times be­fore your visit.

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