Angling Times (UK) - - TIP & TACTICS -

JUST be­low the weir sill the water may look tur­bu­lent, but on the bot­tom it can be quite slow­mov­ing. Big bream of­ten pop­u­late these ar­eas, get­ting away from the mael­strom of the main weir and pick­ing off nat­u­ral food.

The feeder will be on the only sen­si­ble tac­tic, and bream love ground­bait, so go for a cage or plas­tic open-end model packed with crumb and a good help­ing of chopped worm and cast­ers. A few pel­lets can be added to the mix if you wish. A whole worm is the king of hook­baits for bream.

Pick a feeder car­ry­ing a good weight load­ing, cer­tainly up­wards of an ounce, but be pre­pared to switch to a heav­ier feeder if your orig­i­nal isn’t hold­ing bot­tom. Cast the feeder into the head of the weir and it will sink to the bot­tom where the slower water is. Fish with the rod pointed up in the air to keep as much line off the tur­bu­lent sur­face as pos­si­ble.

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