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Cast­ers are the only bait worth con­sid­er­ing and I’d take three pints un­less the lake was ab­so­lutely black with roach and I was go­ing to pile the bait in.

Nor­mally, though, this doesn’t hap­pen and my feed­ing regime is to cat­a­pult or – if I can fish closer in – throw in by hand around a dozen cast­ers ev­ery drop-in.

Don’t get too ex­cited and throw bait in ev­ery few sec­onds. I find that the more reg­u­larly you feed, the greater the chance there is of send­ing the roach back down to the bot­tom. I would rec­om­mend feed­ing, low­er­ing the float in and then wait­ing for a bite.

If it’s go­ing to hap­pen, the float will bury within 20 sec­onds or so of it set­tling, but leav­ing the rig in for up to a minute can still catch, so don’t be in too much of a hurry to re­po­si­tion the float.

Hook­bait is a sin­gle caster, nicked on to the hook like a mag­got un­less the fish­ing is very hard, in which case I’ll try to bury the hook.

It can also be worth us­ing a sin­gle red mag­got on the hook in this in­stance but on the flip side, if a lot of roach plus the odd skim­mer was about, I’d def­i­nitely also try dou­ble caster.

A caster is the usual hook­bait.

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