Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

AT least one gen­uine 2lb Thames roach has come out al­ready this sea­son. Fish like this fall to an­glers fish­ing into dark­ness with corn, pel­lets and even mini-boilies.

Such ‘spe­cial­ist’ tac­tics also ap­ply to Sev­ern bar­bel, as de­scribed by Des Tay­lor. Des thinks match an­glers are do­ing it wrong, but there’s a huge dif­fer­ence be­tween fish­ing when and where you choose and be­ing stuck in a peg dur­ing the worst five hours for catch­ing big fish.

I know plenty of Sev­ern match­men who fish pel­lets, as Des does, but it’s more of a hy­brid method, us­ing match tac­tics with plea­sure/spe­cial­ist baits in con­junc­tion with a feeder.

River bar­bel are quite easy to catch as long as you feed them, and with an empty few pegs be­low, pel­lets loosefed down­stream will draw fish up.

How­ever, I look for­ward to some of the Sev­ern bar­bel lads turn­ing up on the mid­week sweeps and tak­ing the hard­ened match­men’s dosh home with them. Please let me know when it hap­pens!

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