Huge haul of River Trent bar­bel taken

Big fish and heavy bags from all corners of the coun­try

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

AN IN­CRED­I­BLE 500lb of float-caught roach tops a long list of redfin hauls this week as venues na­tion­wide prove why sport with the pop­u­lar species is at an all-time high.

Venues from West York­shire all the way down to the South West have been de­light­ing vis­it­ing an­glers, while those fish­ing a con­test on the River Great Ouse in Bed­ford­shire were treated to some of best roach fish­ing of their lives as they filled their nets with roach and dace.

There were more than 20 weights of roach and dace into dou­ble fig­ures dur­ing the Bed­ford Hos­pi­tal Cup, staged on pop­u­lar club stretches along the up­per river, and the top four an­glers shared al­most 80lb of prime sil­ver­fish, all caught on tra­di­tional float tac­tics.

“The roach fish­ing this year has been the best ever,” said Mil­ton Keynes An­gling As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Trevor John­son.

“This match is per­fect proof, but this is just the tip of the ice­berg – big nets of roach are be­ing caught up and down the en­tire river.

“I be­lieve the roach boom on this venue, and count­less other wa­ter­ways across the coun­try, is down to the on­go­ing sil­ver­fish stock­ings car­ried out by the En­vi­ron­ment Agency.”

The River Trent is an­other in a long line of rivers that have seen the huge shoals of roach they were his­tor­i­cally fa­mous for make a wel­come re­turn.

An­glers been flock­ing to Trent hotspots Bur­ton Joyce, Long Hig­gin and Gun­thorpe to take nets to 20lb-plus of roach on float­fish­ing tac­tics, and the owner of a lo­cal tackle shop has re­vealed that sales of tra­di­tional roach baits bronze mag­gots, hemp and tares are on the up.

“Roach catches on the river have been ex­cep­tional. It’s not only about quan­tity ei­ther, as there are so many big in­di­vid­ual fish be­ing landed too,” said Tim Aplin, who runs Match­man Sup­plies An­gling Cen­tre in Not­ting­ham.

“All the ar­eas that used to pro­duce big catches of roach back in the Trent’s hey­day are back in form, and more and more an­glers are now fish­ing for them. It’s great to see,” he said.

“This is re­flected in the fact that our bait sales for those vis­it­ing the river have in­creased in line with the gen­eral im­prove­ment of fish­ing on the Trent.”

Mov­ing fur­ther north, 25lb catches of roach on the stick float have be­come a com­mon oc­cur­rence on the River Calder in West York­shire.

It’s this sheer qual­ity of sport that is see­ing an­glers reg­u­larly travel more than 100 miles in or­der to take part in the weekly con­tests held on the river around the Mir­field area.

“We get an­glers trav­el­ling from New­cas­tle, Not­ting­ham and

Manch­ester to fish here.

“Every week matches on the Calder are be­ing won with be­tween 17lb and 25lb of roach,” said Mir­field An­gling Club pres­i­dent Martin Highe.

“There aren’t many bet­ter ways to spend a day’s fish­ing than with a float rod in your hand, catch­ing qual­ity roach.”

Reg­u­lar feed­ing is key to catch­ing con­sis­tently.

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