Give them some grub! How to catch big fish from rivers

Match ace Dar­ren Cox says now is the ideal time for river mon­sters

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

LL that re­cent warm water go­ing into our rivers has spurred the fish into hav­ing a proper go. cer­tainly more than the usual lit­tle and of­ten loose­feed ap­proach.”

Dar­ren picked a swim just above a weir where the water had a steady pace and a depth of 7ft, with a clean bot­tom 11m out.

Bream, in par­tic­u­lar, like this type of swim but if he was af­ter tench and perch, a peg of­fer­ing cover from lily pads or reeds closer in would be the one to go for.

“Lev­els may be up due to the rain so I’d look at the sur­face and ig­nore a swim with swirling boils, in­di­cat­ing an un­even flow,” Dar­ren con­tin­ued.

“Fish­ing the pole al­lows me to present the bait com­pletely still – the feeder would work, but it runs the risk of gath­er­ing weed and muck that’s washed down with the flow.

“Pro­vided you use a strong enough pole and tackle, you’ll land any­thing, even a big bar­bel or a carp.”

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