Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

Just as dark-coloured dead mag­gots catch a bet­ter stamp of roach than white mag­gots, so cast­ers will catch big­ger fish too. Ask your lo­cal tackle shop for freshly turned cast­ers, as these will sink well, and their dark red colour makes them ideal for roach. Cast­ers have a cou­ple of ad­van­tages over mag­gots. First, the hook can be com­pletely buried in a caster, ideal for fish­ing in clear wa­ter for wary roach. Cast­ers also stay put on the bot­tom and won’t bury un­der stones or weed. Hemp and caster is a clas­sic com­bi­na­tion and my go-to roach bait for river trot­ting.

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