Ex­pert ad­vice to help you bag up on Bri­tain’s favourite fish


Martin Bowler’s tips for big redfins Top 10 hook­baits & easy rigs to tie Hot fish­eries to head for now

EX­PERTS are pre­dict­ing that this au­tumn could be one of the best in liv­ing mem­ory for sil­ver­fish, es­pe­cially roach. I’m not sure what it’s like in your area at the mo­ment, but the rivers around the An­gling Times of­fices are sim­ply alive with them!

I went out drop shot­ting for perch the other evening and couldn’t be­lieve the num­ber of sil­ver­fish show­ing. I knew what I had to do…

Us­ing the drop shot weight as a bomb, I tied a long hook­length with a small hook and grabbed a loaf of bread from the nearby newsagents. Min­utes later I was catch­ing roach and skim­mers on the 8ft rod. Un­ortho­dox it may have been, but it was like be­ing a kid again!

Two evenings later I re­turned with a proper float rod, stick floats from Dave Har­rell’s new range, and a pint of cast­ers. It took sec­onds to get a bite, and within an hour I’d ticked off roach, perch, skim­mers, chub, gud­geon and bleak. In my opin­ion there’s noth­ing bet­ter than float­fish­ing on rivers, es­pe­cially when you don’t know what that next bite will bring. Pick your time, the right wa­ter, and try some of the great tricks and tips from our un­ri­valled team of ex­perts in this week’s is­sue – I guar­an­tee you’ll catch more. A huge thanks to rod li­cence artist David Miller for the amaz­ing art­work on this week’s cover too – see more at www.david­miller­

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