1 Use a slimline 4x14 float when fishing in anything between 4ft and 7ft of water in good conditions. Phil uses one of his own PR Floats with a strong wire stem that will bend under any pressure exerted during the fight before springing straight back into place.
2 Dotting down the float is usually important at this time of year, but Phil does the complete opposite and leaves a good inch or so of the tip showing. Small fish will often peck at the bait, and having plenty of float showing enables you to spot proper bites with ease.
3 Alternate between cupping in sweetcorn and loosefeeding small amounts by hand. The latter will help create a little noise that can draw fish in from other areas.
4 Hook a piece of macaroni by pushing it on to a baiting needle, then slipping the needle on to the bend of the hook and sliding it from needle to hook.
5 Liquidised macaroni cheese is worth a try for loosefeed in shallow and clear water. This will add scent and colour to the water and improve your chances of a few bites.