Roachy Update

Blimey has it really been nearly a month and a half since my last update?  I must be slacking.  In truth though the fishing has been hard.  Prior to yesterday my last three sessions had all been blanks.  The session prior to the those blanks I managed eight Roach upto 1.2, so like all new things that you are trying to get your head around, you can’t always hit the ground running.  I had been getting bites though so I must be doing something half right.

Yesterday I headed back out full of vim and vigour.  I arrived on the water well before daylight because I wanted to get my spot only to find someone setting up in there.  How? Why?  Mine was the only car in the car park so where the chuff did he come from?  Just like Mr Ben he’d appeared from nowhere and I wanted to ask him where he’d appeared from but I just chuntered a “good morning” to him as I walked past.  Bloody carp anglers in my spot.

I’d decided to fish with the wind at my back for a change which isn’t something I would normally do but with 45mph gusts I didn’t want to sit facing into the teeth of that, particularly with the wind chill factor, and besides I wanted to Continue reading


Bit of a change of scenery.

I decided to take a trip to  a local stillwater today and try out a couple of new swingtip rods that have been stashed away for a few months.  The weather was ideal with no wind and overcast so I put one rod out with a prawn and the other with a big lobby while feeding a line close in with maggots.  I had also taken the pole with the hope of catching a few small Roach to use as deadbaits.

1.9 - A refreshing change from perch.
1.9 – A refreshing change from perch.

The swingtip’s stayed motionless all morning with only the occasional line bites so I decided to try the pole on the line that I had been feeding.  I started off about 4 inches off the bottom but couldn’t buy a bite.  It’s funny how in perfect conditions you struggle for a bite.  I had a play around with the depth of the float before I started to get bites with the bait on the deck.

Swingtips - Old Skooool!!!
Swingtips – Old Skooool!!!

For every 3 bites I managed to hook 1 fish and before long I’d bagged a few decent Roach but unfortunately they were all too big to use as deadbaits.  I then hooked into a better fish which turned out to be a Roach weighing 1.6.  It gave a good account of itself on the pole and after that fish the swim died.

I went back to the swingtip rods and before long I managed a Perch of 1.4.  It was desperately Continue reading