i went and got some bait yesterday for a quick session after work this morning,got home and checked the weather!![br]I decided to fish the river dee on the platform at the bottom of church lane,eccleston.far enough away from the free car park and it was football (long story),dog and incident free with exception of the odd morning pleasentry with some runners..[br]I arrived at 4.15 was fishing for 0500.[br]accolyte whip with flick tip fished 7m to hand[br].13 mainline with a 1.75g olivette and 3 no 8s either side of the olivette for the bulk, a small swivel and .9 hooklength to a size 18 wide gape canal seed hook. I fish .13 mainline as it gives a bit more control when fishing to hand,the .9 hooklength will break first if I hit a lump on the flick tip.[br]I plumbed up and got 10ft at 7m with slight 6" variation half way down rising back up towards the end of the run through.starting depth was just touching bottom.[br]bait wise I decided to feed heavy with a all or nothing approach.[br]half a bag of gros garden,half a bag of dynamite silver fish caster meal and some mole hill soil to help get it down laced with hemp,caster and a generous handful of maggots.[br]I balled in 3 big balls with a view to fish it out until the bites dried up.[br]half a dozen runs through on maggot and only 1 pair of eyes for my effort. a slight change of depth (deeper) and this brought the bites on more frequently on the maggot. a change to caster seen the size of roach increase so I decided to feed a pinch of hemp every run through.[br]better roach on the caster with positive bites being induced by holding the float back.when the bites dried up another ball went in and this would bring the bites back. I think they were backing off and drifting down following the loose feed out of the ground bait..once the ball went in I was catching almost directly over the top of it.[br]6.am the rain started and for once they wernt wrong!!!! it really did rain as much as they said it was going to![br]I've had 10 minute spells of no bites,there wasnt any signs of pike so would put it down to me feeding it wrong.[br]by 8 a.m I was starting to get wet through the seams of my waterproofs as I dont use a brolly when fishing on a a seat box as it's more hassle than it worth.[br]I havent found any quality roach today,no bites on hemp or tares would indicate they wernt there as that combination usually sorts the better fish out. ground bait might have been the reason why but it was still a very enjoyable 3 hours where i was constantly having to change things to keep the fish coming.