Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

River roach are turned on by the taste of fish­meal, and my lo­cal River Sev­ern is turn­ing up in­creas­ing num­ber of spec­i­men redfins on pel­let baits in­tended for bar­bel.

These be­ing hard baits, roach do tend to spit them out, giv­ing fast un­hit­table bites. A par­tial so­lu­tion is to use the soft­est hooker pel­lets that you can. I pump my own, which tend to be softer than pre-pre­pared baits. A 6mm pel­let on a size 16 hook is about right. Try adding sweet straw­berry and pineap­ple flavour­ings to hooker pel­lets.

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