Fishing for Bream and Tench - Edited
The 5000RE have been moved on, whilst I like them I did get tempted by the 40000 size baitrunners and eventually got three of ST revision. I would have preferred the DL, but sometime you have to buy what you can afford.
Line and other Bits
These have been filled out with mono of 10lb Diawa Senor. An excellent mono for the money and you can get a bulk spool for under a tenner.
As for the other tackle, I use size 6-14 hooks depending on hook bait and what ever method, open or closed end feeder I can find from the local tackle shops. I not a tackle tart, so I tend to buy what I like and stands up to the job.
Bite indication is simple case of a electronic bite indicator and hanging bobbin. If the wind gets up I used the Fox micro swingers, but I try to use the bobbins as they are more sensitive for bite indication. The Gardner Micro bugs with screw in weights and the longer chains are now my number no choice.
I tend to fish my rods on a pod. Mine is a dutch made 3 Construction Pod from a company called Soul. They are based in Netherlands, but there gear is great.
The best way to thing of what tackle you need is what you would need for carp. So a unhook mat is a must along with weight sling, scales, and a camera for that all important photo.
Bait & Ground bait
I use a variety of hook bait depending on the water, but I do find on larger waters which are not overstocked with small silver fish, you can’t go wrong with the humble red maggot "oh natural" or flavoured. If there is a heavy presence of silver fish then I go for halibut pellets, size 10 – 14. I also use small boillies of a fish flavour variety and on occasion tutti fruit. Other than that I do on occasion used corn and worm.
If the silver fish become a nuisance and constantly nick the red maggots or corn, then simply switch over the a fake bait.