Big lake roach on a feeder?

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

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?

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