Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

When rov­ing for chub I like to fish lots of swims, as I have found that if a chub is pre­sent and will­ing to feed I get bites very soon af­ter cast­ing.

To im­prove my chances I like to pre­pare a number of swims prior to fish­ing them by in­tro­duc­ing a cou­ple of hand­fuls of mashed bread.

I make mashed bread up in small amounts. I sim­ply take the cen­tre out of three or four slices of thick sliced white bread, which are saved for hookbait.

The re­main­der is put in my land­ing net and sub­merged un­til the air bub­bles stop com­ing out. The bread is then lifted out and al­lowed to drain be­fore putting it into a bait box and mash­ing it up with my fingers.

The aim is to break it up into small pieces but not turn it into a com­plete mush.

The mashed bread can then be fed by squeez­ing it into small balls. These should ex­plode on im­pact, leav­ing a mix­ture of dif­fer­ent-sized frag­ments of bread, ev­ery­thing from crumbs up to pieces about 2cm across.

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