Fantastic roach fishing!
IDECIDED to change what planned to write because it was all doom and gloom – cormorants taking 2 lb roach from my local club water, and litter on the Thames (no, the EA didn’t get back to me).
Instead, I’ll tell you about how I headed to a local club water, Waggoners Wells (details below), and before the cold spell hit I enjoyed what I can only describe as the best roach fishing I’ve had for years.
In just three hours I took
32 lb of quality roach. How I would like to see more angling clubs create venues where roach are the dominate species, but unfortunately all they seem to do is chuck in a mix of species and see what takes control – roach and especially rudd rarely doing so.
Lock and Northbrook, Oxfordshire. Oxford & District AA membership through local clubs, such as The Masons at £10 per year or Littlemore AC at £12. Day tickets £5, from Tony Gee at Ace Tackle & Bait, Kiddlington on 01865 372066 or £8 on the bank.
What’s being caught? Most anglers targeting the big chub, but catches and spots are kept quiet.
Tactics? Best approach is to keep on the move and bait a few swims before returning. Cheesepaste sorts out the bigger fish, and after dark is best, but crayfish can be a problem.
Where? Marsh Lane, Clanfield, Oxfordshire, OX18. Clanfield AC membership £30 plus £5 for a key, from local tackle shops. Tel: 07779 256407.
What’s being caught? Double-figure bags of quality roach showing, with a few big chub and perch.
Tactics? Waggler and maggots best, just continue feeding little and often.
Where? Thames Street, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 8NG. Free fishing. Tel: Walton Tackle Exchange on 01932 242377. What’s being caught? Bream and quality roach will start to shoal here soon. There are a few barbel, most of them hooked by accident, along with very good Where? Hunston, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 8QH (nearby Southern Angling Specialists). Day tickets £6. Chichester Ship Canal Trust season £55, from the Basin shop.
Tel: 01243 531669.
What’s being caught?
The silver fish, especially the skimmers, are now shoaled up. Locate these and a good bag can be put together. Plenty of pike, with a few doubles. Tactics? Pole with maggots, worms or casters over a fine groundbait for the skimmers. Pike to roving anglers using spinners and plugs.