As anglers in the UK, I don’t think we realise how lucky we are when it comes to bait. Whether it is fresh maggots from your local tackle shop or custom made specialist baits, it’s always possible to get a top quality bait to suit your needs. This availability isn’t the same in the various places in Europe I have fished; in general, European tackle shops are geared up much more for lure anglers so specialist anglers have to work hard to source bait. The internet has made life a bit easier. Using Angling Direct, as an example, it’s possible to purchase most baits and get them shipped into Europe.