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Bleak

These little silvery fish are often referred to as willow blades. Bleak are surface feeders with a protruding lower lip. Throw in a few loose maggots and set your float tackle to fish no more than 18 in (45-7 cm) deep. Tackle should be very fine with a single maggot for hookbait. Bites from bleak can be very fast, but don’t be tempted to strike hard. Should you strike hard and miss the fish, the tackle will fly out of the water, and when fishing so shallow, the hook is likely to tangle round the float. Bleak seldom weigh much more than 40Z (”34g)-

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