FEEDING TRICKS FOR FAST ACTION
THERE are two main ways of feeding for silverfish such as roach. You can either lay down a bed of groundbait to start with and top it up, or you can loosefeed natural baits by catapult or by hand. Which one you go for depends largely on what species you expect.
Skimmers are usually caught on the bottom, so groundbait is preferred. On some venues you can put three to five balls in to begin with, as often the shoals of bream won’t settle down until the last few hours of the day.
On other venues you can catch pretty much straight away so put less in at the start, perhaps a single ball. Then feed small nuggets regularly to top this up.
Roach prefer to feed in the bottom 2ft of water, not necessarily hard on the deck, so a loosefeeding approach usually scores best on stillwater venues.
A falling bait is much better than a static one, so spread out your shots shirt button-style or move your bulk shot up and have two or three droppers beneath. Maggots and casters can account for some real quality fish.