Something that was apparent throughout the week was the importance of chopped worms. If the fishing was hard – and when I say ‘hard’, I’m talking about trying to catch 20lb of roach – then the best way to do it was to feed a lot of very finely chopped worms (above) through groundbait.
This put a lot of scent and cloud into the water, which in turn drew in lots of small roach and a few big hybrids.
So effective were worms in this situation that you could be biteless and then, within three casts of piling in fine choppy, you’d be getting bites again.
This was never an opening gambit but it was a great way of getting a flagging swim going again and putting a few bonus fish in the net.