Big river roach Brace of 2lb fish out

Pel­let hook­bait and feed tempts a brace of two-pounders

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - BEN MILES News edi­tor

SHORT ses­sions are of­ten the key to catch­ing big sum­mer fish, and Ste­wart Barnes proved ex­actly that when he banked a string of huge spec­i­mens topped by two 2lb roach.

The spe­cial­ist from Hemel Hemp­stead set his sights on a tribu­tary of the River Ouse after spotting big roach back in the win­ter, and a se­ries of short ses­sions be­fore and after work saw him net his big­gest-ever roach along with 10 other fish to a best of 1lb 10oz.

But his river suc­cess didn’t end there. The Big Fish Gear team mem­ber be­came the envy of count­less big-fish hunters when he also net­ted sev­eral bar­bel to dou­ble fig­ures and a huge chub weigh­ing 6lb 4oz.

“Some­times I’ll get down to the river in my lunch hour and only get 30 min­utes’ fish­ing, but it’s well worth it, as these fish prove,” en­thused Ste­wart.

“To catch one 2lb river roach at this time of the year is in­cred­i­ble, but to land two is an un­be­liev­able achieve­ment.”

In or­der to cre­ate a feed­ing frenzy in his swim, Ste­wart cast out a sim­ple leger rig with a sin­gle 10mm hal­ibut pel­let hook­bait and then fed 3mm pel­lets con­stantly over the top.

He also fished his hook­bait as tight as pos­si­ble to the back of his size 10 hook with a short hair rig.

“Lots of an­glers just cast out a lead with a PVA bag and then wait,” he said. “But feed­ing by hand over the top re­ally cre­ates com­pe­ti­tion in the swim and the fish soon be­come pre­oc­cu­pied with the free of­fer­ings.

“This makes them much eas­ier to catch.”

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