Breadflake is a very effective hook-bait especially for Carp, Bream, Chub, Roach and Rudd. Ideally use a loaf of bread that is a day or two old; fresh bakery bread is preferable to the shop bought, sliced bread which tends to be too doughy and can become more paste like once in the water. Depending on the size of the flake which in turn is dependant on the fish sought, the hook-size can vary but always err on the larger side as once the flake swells, a small hook can result in missed bites.
Bread Punch is an alternative to flake when the quarry is the smaller fish such as Rudd or shy feeding Roach in a canal. Sliced bread is the better type to use, the fresher the better. Punches come in various sizes and their use depends on the size of hook to be used as the punched bread needs to hide the hook which in turn is threaded through the middle of the bread and out to the side.
Bread Crust is a versatile bait for use on Rivers and Stillwaters. It is very effective for tempting Chub and Carp especially when free-lined. Use fresh bread crust and place it on the hook by threading the hook from the crust side, into the white flake and back out of the crust. Larger hook sizes are recommended. Dunk the bread into the water to wet it and gently cast it in feeding several smaller pieces around it. In flowing water allow the crust to float up to obstacles such as trailing branches, often where a fish will be lurking underneath. Beware of Ducks and Seagulls though!
Bread Paste is made by soaking slices of bread in water and then placing into a cloth. Gather the corners of the cloth and twist to squeeze all excess water out. The resultant paste is then neaded and flavourings added if required. Bury the hook into a ball of paste and fish it legered using samples of the same for loose-feed.
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