Martin Bowler’s Ad­ven­tures

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Our carp mag­net goes in search of spec­i­mens


Bream may not fight strongly, but in run­ning wa­ter they can be dogged and hard to get off the bot­tom. Hav­ing the right elas­tic will help no end in this sit­u­a­tion – a solid No6 or No8 is heavy enough or, if you pre­fer, a hol­low ver­sion sim­i­lar to blue or white Hy­dro­las­tic.


There’s lit­tle chance of a bream tak­ing the bait as it set­tles so you don’t need a shot­ting pat­tern to try and achieve this. In­stead, con­cen­trate all your weight in the bot­tom third of the rig, typ­i­cally made up of an olivette with just two or three drop­per shot around a No9 in size. Space these evenly be­tween olivette and hook­link.


Throw­ing ground­bait in by hand may work for roach when you are run­ning the rig through the swim, but it’s never quite as good where bream are con­cerned. In­stead, in­tro­duce sev­eral balls of ground­bait via a pole cup on to the same spot so that you are fish­ing right over your feed at all times.


A still bait is a must in run­ning wa­ter, and the only way to achieve this pre­sen­ta­tion on the pole is to use a large float. Round-bod­ied or shoul­der up pat­terns will ride the cur­rent well, and you could even try a flat float for the ul­ti­mate in pre­sen­ta­tion. It all boils down to the shot­ting ca­pac­ity of the float, and any­where be­tween 1.5g and 3g will be enough, rel­a­tive to the pace of the river.


To keep the hook­bait still, you’ll need to lay some line on the riverbed. How much line is the ques­tion, and most an­glers will use roughly the length of the float that they are us­ing – in other words, no more than three or four inches.

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