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Angling Times (UK) - - WHERE TO FISH -

Ma­trix-backed rod and sil­vers ex­pert Mark Pollard says… Tackle: “Use a 12ft soft-tipped feeder rod for the skim­mers, so that you can cast fairly long dis­tances if re­quired. Use 4lb main­line to a 0.10mm or 0.12mm Ma­trix Power Mi­cron hook­length and a size 16 or 18 Ma­trix SW Feeder hook.” Baits: “Pinkies, mag­gots, cast­ers and worms all work as hook­bait and are best used in cock­tails. My favourite ground­bait mix for the feeder is a blend of Dy­na­mite Baits Fren­zied Hemp, Roach and Brown Crumb. This is a dark blend that will score for both roach and skim­mers.” Tac­tics: “Start by cast­ing a dis­tance that is com­fort­able for you – clip up and be pre­pared to push out slightly as the shoals back away. Don’t cast too of­ten. You should wait around 15 min­utes be­fore you chuck the feeder out again. Keep ping­ing a few cast­ers over the pole line, just in case the fish ven­ture closer to the bank.”

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