Big lake roach on a feeder?
I FISH a large lake that holds a good head of big roach that I catch on the waggler.
However, in autumn the water goes clear – could I catch these fish on the feeder and if so, what sort of rig would I need to use?
David Wright, Glen Parva, Leicestershire
ON LARGE lakes nothing beats a big roach, and autumn is the prime time to catch them.
A big lake may look like an inland sea with no obvious features, and that’s why the feeder is an absolute must to keep in touch with those fish that, as you say, push out into deeper water as conditions clear. However, wind and tow on the lake can more often than not render the waggler useless, so it’ll be time to pick up the feeder rod.
Fishing the tip instantly improves your chances and can also catch other fish that may turn up, such as tench, bream and even carp.
Forget about using running rigs as you would when fishing rivers for chub and roach. When casting long distances, you need to make sure a fish that takes the bait helps out the angler by hooking itself, and that means fishing a fixed helicopter rig in conjunction with a bite alarm or quivertip.
Bite alarms are popular among specimen anglers. It may be a bit of an alien system for a lot of people, but time has proved how effective this seemingly crude way of fishing can be.
A running rig can still be fished but you’ll probably find that more takes are missed than hit and when the culprit could be a big old roach. Do you really want to run the risk of that happening?