BIG ROACH ON KING-SIZED BOILIES
THE news from the River Severn of 1lb-plus roach being caught on boilies came as no surprise to me, because it’s been happening on the Thames for several seasons. In fact I’d say that if you want to catch such fish on most of the river, boilies or pellets – 10mm minimum – are the best baits to do it.
On some stretches you’ll be ‘plagued’ by bream or barbel, but so many carp and barbel anglers get non-stop taps when using big boilies or paste-wrapped pellets it is now obvious who the culprits are.
A couple of weeks ago Jim, a friend of John Gard’s who was fishing with him, had a roach better than 1lb fairly hooked on a 25mm boilie!
John was floatfishing caster and catching some lovely roach – not as big as Jim’s – and he’s not the only one. My pal Glen had 35lb of float-caught roach on a recent trip before, as ever, the heavens opened
and the river came up. It should be back down by now and, until the first air frost, should produce more wonderful catches.
A fine brace of Thames roach taken on boilies by Ryan Hayden.