Not all about pel­lets

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

I FIND it en­cour­ag­ing that an­glers have started re­turn­ing to the rivers but I’d like to sug­gest that some of th­ese peo­ple change their tac­tics if they wish to en­joy a bit more suc­cess.

A whole gen­er­a­tion seems to have been brain­washed on com­mer­cial fish­eries, and they seem to think that the only bait in ex­is­tence is pel­lets.

They lash in pint af­ter pint, but while pel­lets work well in some sce­nar­ios, they cer­tainly aren’t the only bait worth con­sid­er­ing.

In my ex­pe­ri­ence you can’t beat a few slices of bread for big chub, while I have taken my big­gest bags of bream us­ing sev­eral tins of corn along­side a bed of fish­meal ground­bait.

Pel­lets are well worth hav­ing in your bag when fish­ing rivers, but don’t ne­glect a few al­ter­na­tives if you want to keep those bites com­ing. Tim Ful­ton, email

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