Should I give roach a sec­ond feed of ground­bait?

Angling Times (UK) - - SOUTH -

I FEED a lot of ground­bait at the start of a ses­sion when river roach fish­ing but have been told to do the same again when the swim dies. Is this cor­rect?

Wayne Thrupp, Car­shal­ton

THIS is known as ‘re-balling’, and is com­mon when fish­ing for large num­bers of small roach.

An ini­tial bom­bard­ment of bait will quickly draw num­bers of fish into the area but when this feed has been whit­tled down, they will drift off again. Throw­ing in an­other four large balls will start the process afresh and pull the fish back to you.

How­ever, sport will rarely be as good as on that first hit, so feed­ing more bait en-masse should be car­ried out only once. Should the fish show a lik­ing for ground­bait, though, try feed­ing a small wal­nut-sized ball ev­ery two run-throughs and gauge the re­sponse of the fish.

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