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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.

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