MY TWO HOOK­BAITS

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I use bread in two forms for hook­baits for this style of fish­ing – flake and crust.

When us­ing flake I like to fold a piece of bread about the size of £2 coin over and then squeeze the folded piece gen­tly around the shank of the hook, be­fore gen­tly work­ing the hook­point clear.

I gen­er­ally fish flake with a hook­length about 2ft long, but will lengthen this if I am get­ting only ten­ta­tive bites.

Of­ten, plain flake works re­ally well but if bites are not forth­com­ing I add a bit of ex­tra at­trac­tion with a squirt of Sonubaits Cheesy Gar­lic Lava. This adds a big hit of smell to what is al­ready a highly vis­i­ble bait.

Crust is hooked by push­ing the hook through one side of the crust and then turn­ing it and pulling it back. I like to use a piece about 2cm square and I’ll shorten the hook­length to 5cm to 10cm, which en­sures the crust is an­chored just off the bot­tom.

By prim­ing swims in ad­vance, if any chub are pre­sent then hope­fully they will be on the look­out for more bread and bites of­ten come soon af­ter cast­ing. In­deed, some­times the bait is still bounc­ing around across the cur­rent when it is taken, so be pre­pared to strike straight away.

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