TIP 1 –
HEDGE YOUR BETS
IN THE summer months you could probably catch a big bag of silverfish by fishing in the top couple of feet of water and loosefeeding, or by fishing a top-three kit in the edge.
It’s a little different in autumn, as the water cools and the colour drops out of it. I like to concentrate my efforts a little further out if there is a sensible depth, and hedge my bets in terms of where in the water column I’m going to catch the fish.
Typically, I start by cupping in a few balls of groundbait. With roach the target I go for Van Den Eynde Supercrack Dark Roach, a natural style mix tailored to redfins.
I also add a little bit of roach additive and mix it around, just before adding water. Into the groundbait goes hemp, casters and a few maggots, but not many or they’ll break the ball up too soon! Begin by fishing over the groundbait on the bottom, loosefeeding casters every chuck over the top.
If the fish are willing to come up to intercept the loosefeed, you’ll get bites on the drop and hold-ups on the float. If not, your loosefeed will draw more fish into the area and will settle on the bottom, where you’ll still catch equally as well.
A dark groundbait with an extra helping of roach additive is Bob’s first choice.
Hemp and casters are added to the groundbait, as well as a few maggots.