TIP 5 –

PICK THE RIGHT HOOK­BAIT

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

IF I ex­pect to catch plenty of fish there are two hook­baits I favour. The first is the head of a den­drobaena worm. I’ll hook the very top of the worm then nip the rest of the body off half-an-inch or so fur­ther down. It means you can catch sev­eral roach (or perch!) on the same bait and what’s more, it usu­ally re­sults in a bet­ter stamp of fish than a mag­got or caster. In Ire­land you can go from catch­ing 2oz-3oz roach to 6oz-8oz roach ev­ery chuck by chang­ing to worm!

The other bait I rely on is dou­ble white mag­got. This is more likely to get picked up by smaller roach but it’s very good fished on the drop or up-in-the-water.

A great tip is to hook both your mag­gots ‘up­side down’, in fact I hardly ever hook a mag­got through the base any more.

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