BIG ROACH ON KING-SIZED BOILIES

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

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.

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