IT’S TIME FOR ROACH! We’ve got some bril­liant wa­ters and tac­tics for you to try this week...

Bri­tain’s most com­monly caught fish are in a river or stillwater near you so why not go in search of a spec­i­men or a net­ful of redfins this week?

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

PROB­A­BLY the most com­monly caught species in Bri­tain, there is some­thing about the roach that at­tracts thou­sands of an­glers to the bank each week.

Spec­i­mens over 2lb are seen as the holy grail of an­gling, so as part of our roach spe­cial, An­gling Times has put to­gether the UK’s top redfin venues for you to try this week­end.

STILL­WA­TERS

BIT­TER WELL LAKE, BRIS­TOL

Reg­u­larly al­ter­ing the depth will help you keep in touch with the roach here. Start on the deck with caster but come shal­low for the big­ger 1lb-plus spec­i­mens. Con­tact: 07901 074158 Post­code: BS36 2UF

BRAD­SHAW HALL FISH­ERIES, BOLTON, LANCS

Lake Four has sprung into sil­ver­fish form and 25lb hauls of roach are al­ways on the cards. Cast­ers at half-depth will find the big­gest ex­am­ples. Con­tact: 01204 307197, Post­code: BL2 4JW

COBBLEACRE LAKES, NOR­WICH, NORFOLK

This up-and-com­ing venue con­tin­ues to draw in the crowds as Amy’s and Adam’s con­tinue to throw up 30lb roach catches to wag­gler and mag­got. Con­tact: 07879 816181 Post­code: NR10 5NL

LLOYDS MEADOW, CH­ESTER, CHESHIRE

King­fisher Pool is small, but home to some as­ton­ish­ing roach. With a touch of colour in the wa­ter, fish to 1lb 8oz can be caught on a top kit with hemp and caster. Con­tact: 01928 740710 Post­code: CH3 8BD

MESSINGHAM SANDS, SCUN­THORPE, E YORKS

All the day-ticket lakes are in great form for large hauls of roach and sev­eral over 40lb bags been recorded by plea­sure an­glers this year. Keep it sim­ple by us­ing mag­gots or cast­ers at var­i­ous depths. Con­tact: 01724 763647 Post­code: DN17 3AX

NONE-GO-BYE FARM, LEEDS, W YORKS

Pegs with plenty of open wa­ter tend to hold the most 1lb-plus roach on the Main Lake. Make sure they stay there by feed­ing cast­ers all day. Con­tact: 01132 842206 Post­code: LS18 5HZ

RENNY LAKE, NORTHALLER­TON, N YORKS

The wa­ter near­est the car park is in red-hot form for roach and they cer­tainly have an ap­petite, so it’s worth tak­ing a cou­ple of pints of cast­ers with you. Spec­i­mens over 1lb are likely to show up. Con­tact: 07885 776291, Post­code: DL6 2EA

TANYARDS FISH­ERIES, UCKFIELD, E SUS­SEX

The Carp Free Lake is only shal­low but it is teem­ing with qual­ity roach that re­spond well to mag­got or caster over ground­bait. Pegs clos­est to the café are the fly­ers. Con­tact: 07835 32842 Post­code: TN22 3RL

TRICKLEBROOK FISH­ERIES, FIVE OAK GREEN, KENT

If you have never caught a 2lb roach then the Main Lake is def­i­nitely one of the best places to try for that elu­sive per­sonal best. Triple mag­got or even corn will stand out to these big fish. Con­tact: 07743 955812 Post­code: TN12 6SH

WOLD FARM FISH­ERIES, PODINGTON, NORTHANTS

The Oaks lake is home to just about every species you could think of, but in au­tumn it is the roach that dom­i­nate. Fish over 1lb are com­mon, with mag­gots, bread and cast­ers the top three baits. Con­tact: 07974 000230 Post­code: NN29 7JQ

RIVERS & CANALS

AIRE & CALDER CANAL, ALTOFTS, W YORKS

This sec­tion is fished reg­u­larly by match an­glers be­cause of the qual­ity of its roach sport. Bags to over 20lb are of­ten caught on the pole, wag­gler or small feeder all-year-round. Con­tact: Chris Roberts Tackle, 01484 545032 Prices: £2.50 from Chris Roberts Fish­ing Tackle, Mir­field AC

BEVERLEY CANAL, BEVERLEY, E YORKS

Catch this venue on the right day and you could be in for a 30lb net of qual­ity roach. Con­tact: 07976 779983 Prices: £3 on the bank, Hull DAA

RIVER AVON, BRITFORD, WILTS

Tra­di­tional wag­gler and mag­got or stick float tac­tics are hard to beat for the roach, with an elu­sive 2lb-plus spec­i­men cer­tainly not out of the ques­tion on the main car­rier sec­tion of the river. Con­tact: Reids Tackle, 01722 711616 Prices: £10 on the bank, Lon­don AA

RIVER BRUE, WEST LYDFORD, SOM­ER­SET

Nets to more than 30lb of roach have been caught from this tiny river in the past, with in­di­vid­ual fish to over 3lb. Most vis­i­tors catch best on the pole or stick float. Con­tact: Som­er­set An­gling, 01278 431777 Prices: £7 from Som­er­set An­gling Cen­tre, Glas­ton Manor AC

RIVER DEE, FARNDON, CHESHIRE

The mag­got feeder is a real win­ner for the roach here, and fish to 2lb-plus are by no means un­com­mon. Keep try­ing dif­fer­ent length hook­lengths un­til you start to get in­di­ca­tions of feed­ing fish. Con­tact: Tackle Locker, 01244 345069 Prices: Free fish­ing on the Eng­lish bank

RIVER DON, STAINFORTH, S YORKS

This sec­tion of the tidal river up to Kirk Bramwith is fish­ing re­ally well for roach to trot­ted mag­gots. Con­tact: Paul’s Fish­ing Tackle, 01709 862558 Prices: Free fish­ing

RIVER GREAT OUSE, KEMP­STON, BEDS

A re­cent match here saw nearly every com­peti­tor catch a dou­ble-fig­ure net of qual­ity roach, and to­gether the field amassed over 500lb! Con­tact: Vaux­hall AC, 07963 641463 Prices: £55 a year, Vaux­hall AC

RIVER THAMES, SAND­FORD MEADOW, OXON

This stretch is renowned for its au­tumn roach sport. Long pole and stick float with cast­ers is the typ­i­cal ap­proach for a big net. Con­tact: 07789 334710 Prices: £3 from lo­cal tackle shops, Lit­tle­more AS

A great net of mainly roach from Renny Lake.

The Great Ouse at Kemp­ston is full of roach.

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