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.