Angling Times (UK) - - SOUTH -

E ALL have our favourite early angling mem­o­ries, and for me many of them in­volve roach. I was lucky enough to an­joy an angling ap­pren­tice­ship on the rivers and drains of East­ern Eng­land, where roach were – and still are – abun­dant.

Mil­ton Ferry on the River Nene was one of my first stamp­ing grounds, and I’d cy­cle there with my brother back in the mid-1970s to some out-of-the-way swims where we’d fish with wag­gler and mag­got.

A few years later I ‘grad­u­ated’ to hemp and tares and the fish I caught sud­denly dou­bled in size! By then I was fish­ing a few matches, and I can still feel the ex­cite­ment when the float dipped for the first time af­ter an hour or two with a grain of hemp on the hook.

So I am de­lighted this week to bring readers of Angling Times a bit of a roach spe­cial, with Dave Har­rell re­veal­ing his 20 best tips for catch­ing them this sum­mer, crack­ing ad­vice in our Know Your Stuff pages, and lots of wa­ters where you can take a bag of roach in our Where to Fish pages.

Don’t for­get, roach fish­ing isn’t all about rivers. Most nat­u­ral and com­mer­cial lakes hold huge stocks of roach, many of them rel­a­tively un­fished for as an­glers pre­fer larger quarry. So why not give your lo­cal carp lake a try us­ing some of our roach tips this week? You might be sur­prised!

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