Waggler and stick float, coupled with a bait apron full of bronze maggots (or white ones coated in tumeric – ed!) will do the job, and if you venture onto any of the pegs between 71 to 80, chub and roach will nail them and make your day. The BAA water at Arley is another roach and chub water that responds to more of the same but don’t be frightened to lob out a maggot feeder if you feel the fish want a more static bait presented to them. There’s some good pike fishing to be had here, with both spinning and deadbaits likely to get snapped up, and although old Esox usually obliges in single figures, there is the possibility of a twenty-pounder lurking around the corner.

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