OUR TOP FIVE AL­TER­NA­TIVE BAITS TO TRY

Angling Times (UK) - - ULTIMATE GUIDE TO 2019 -

1 SLUGS Re­garded by many as one of the finest of all chub baits, black slugs can be found in abun­dance on early morn­ings in ar­eas of wet, dew-laden grass. They’re a hardy bait too, which will with­stand many re­casts.

2 ELDER­BER­RIES These plump sea­sonal berries are plen­ti­ful in au­tumn and make a supreme roach hook­bait. Feed­ing hempseed and fish­ing an elder­berry on the hook is a clas­sic combo that catches qual­ity redfins.

3 MAC­A­RONI CHEESE Cheap and ooz­ing at­trac­tion, mac­a­roni cheese straight out of the tin is a bril­liant tench and carp bait. The chances are it won’t have been used be­fore on your wa­ter.

4 MARSH­MAL­LOWS Pro­vided you can re­sist the temp­ta­tion to eat your whole stash, small marsh­mal­lows (or even the pop­u­lar chil­dren’s sweet Flumps) can be used to tar­get carp off the top from spring through to au­tumn. Great for stalk­ing and pick­ing off cruis­ing carp, too.

5 MEAT­BALLS An­other great bait that costs lit­tle and can be plucked straight off the su­per­mar­ket shelf. Bril­liant for bar­bel… just ask Howard Mad­docks, who caught a 16lb 3oz Bri­tish record from the River Sev­ern us­ing a meat­ball way back in 1997.

Elder­ber­ries, deadly for roach.

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