Give them some grub! How to catch big fish from rivers
Match ace Darren Cox says now is the ideal time for river monsters
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.”