Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

A PRO­LONGED spell of rain sees rivers up and coloured, but once the lev­els be­gin to drop, bream will go on the feed. It is then that you can ex­pect some great sport from slabs.

The ground­bait feeder is still the most pre­cise and pro­lific method for catch­ing a bag of bream but you’ll need a hook­bait they can home in on when the wa­ter has a drop of colour in it. That means worms, worms and more worms!

Fish­ing the feeder in­side a long loop will show up pos­i­tive in­di­ca­tions on the quiver tip. The feeder runs as the fish picks up the bait and then hits the end of the loop. This is trans­lated to the tip as a drop­back, when the feeder is dis­lodged, fol­lowed by a big pull round when the lead stops. Strike when this pos­i­tive pull oc­curs.

Tackle needs to be ro­bust as you can ex­pect some big fish that will put up a good show of them­selves in the flow. A 5lb main­line, a hook length of not much less break­ing strain and a large size 16 hook is about right.

Pack the open-end feeder with plenty of roughly chopped worms and a few cast­ers and grains of corn and fish a whole worm on the end, but nip the tail off to al­low the juices and scent to leak out. Bet­ter still, try a cou­ple of red mag­gots. There’s no need for a long hook length in coloured wa­ter as the bream will home in on the feeder first, so keep your bait close at hand and a take won’t be far off com­ing.

In terms of the size of open-end feeder to use, pick a weight that will hold bot­tom in the cur­rent. This may need a few changes and sev­eral casts to get right but ef­fec­tively you want a feeder that holds bot­tom yet is eas­ily dis­lodged by a fish to show up those drop-back bites.

Pack the open-end feeder with roughly chopped worms, a few cast­ers and some corn, fish­ing ei­ther a worm with the tail nipped off or two red mag­gots. FLOW Add a few grains of corn to your ground­bait. The feeder is fished on a long loop to show up in­di­ca­tions on the quiv­er­tip. First comes a drop-back bite, fol­lowed by a pos­i­tive pull round.

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