TIP 5 –
PICK THE RIGHT HOOKBAIT
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.