Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

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.

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