Will roach turn on to hemp straight away?

Angling Times (UK) - - SOUTH -

HOW long should I wait be­fore try­ing to catch roach on hemp?

Mick Naughton, Clifton

CATCH on hemp and the size of roach should in­crease sub­stan­tially com­pared to what you’d be hook­ing us­ing mag­gots or pinkies.

You are right to sur­mise that it can take a while for the fish to get go­ing on seed, and as a gen­eral rule it takes an hour of con­stant feed­ing be­fore you can ex­pect bites.

How­ever, some­times you can catch from the first cast on hemp. If you plan on us­ing it, be­gin by feed­ing it ei­ther as loose­feed or via pole pot, but start with mag­got on the hook.

When you are catch­ing roach steadily, now is the time to slip a grain on the hook and see what the re­sponse is. If the float goes un­der reg­u­larly it’s time to fill your boots, but if noth­ing hap­pens, switch back to mag­gots, keep feed­ing hemp and try again in 20 min­utes’ time. There will come a mo­ment when the fish switch on to hemp and you’ll empty the place. Pot­ting in hemp at the start can work well.

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