Winter silvers on the waggler with James Robbins

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In clear water the fish, especially roach and bream, will back off way out into the lake. You could reach for the feeder, but a waggler is far stealthier, and creates little noise by comparison.

Here's how you can give it a go...

<strong>A bumper net of winter bream and roach, taken on the waggler</strong>

Match the conditions

Which waggler is use is down to the wind. If it’s blowing, a straight waggler will let me keep the bait still, but if there’s no wind, I’ll go for the sensitivity of an insert.

<strong>Match the conditions</strong>

Make sure it’s loaded

My floats are semi-loaded, so they cast well and don’t need massive locking shot. A couple of No8 shot hold the waggler in place, with five or six more down the line.

<strong>Make sure it’s loaded</strong>

Pick a long rod

Any depth over 7ft is too much for a short rod. A 13ft model gives me more reach and control of the float, plus it allows me to fish up to 12ft deep and cast easily.

<strong>Pick a long rod</strong>

Create a base area

I use both groundbait and loosefeed. The groundbait is an opener to create a bed to fish over. It holds casters and micros, with four balls going in at the start.

<strong>Create a base area</strong>

Use fluorocarbon!

I’m a big fan of fluoro for silverfish hooklengths, as it doesn’t spin up when using double or triple hookbaits. It also helps when the fish are being finicky in clear water.

<strong>Use fluorocarbon!</strong>

Have bait options

Anything from a single caster to double maggot can work, but three fluoro pinkies is my top hookbait. Pinkies seem like a negative bait, but they’ll sort out the better fish.

<strong>Have bait options</strong>

Read James' full 'Tips & Tactics'article here.

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