Get out there and catch some prime au­tumn roach! We re­veal the best places to head for now...

Get among the shoals with this handy guide to the hotspots

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - STEVE FITZ­PATRICK EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

I’VE said this in my col­umn be­fore, but I still can’t be­lieve how many fish there are in the rivers at the mo­ment, and how few an­glers are tak­ing ad­van­tage of it. Even with the nights draw­ing in I’ve been lucky enough to get a cou­ple of hours of fish­ing in dur­ing the week, and around half a day at the week­end – and I’ve been fill­ing my boots!

Ev­ery run through on my float is re­warded with a dace, roach, chub, skim­mer, perch, gud­geon or bleak, and even a few of the fa­mous Ferry Mead­ows hy­brids have put in an ap­pear­ance.

The only things miss­ing are other an­glers, which is a real shame.

I’m not fish­ing some ex­clu­sive stretch of river or a pri­vate syn­di­cate ei­ther – most of the river is free fish­ing, and there are miles of it to go at.

If you’ve not been on the rivers for a while then it’s time you did. You re­ally couldn’t pick a bet­ter time to try them out again.

For those who are sea­soned run­ning wa­ter an­glers my plea to you is to take some­one with you and show them just how good it can be – you can even use the free rod li­cence voucher on page 50 of this week’s is­sue. Two an­glers prov­ing just how full of fish the rivers are right now are Dave Har­rell and Kelvin Tal­lett – read their two-pronged ap­proach for fast ac­tion on pages 26-29 and give it a go!

“It’s time to get on the river­bank and catch a net­ful of redfins”

TAR­GET­ING some river species can be a bit hit-and-miss at this time of year, but one fish you can rely on to get plenty of bites from is the ever-pop­u­lar roach.

Early au­tumn is a great time to get on the river­bank and catch a net­ful of redfins.

So whether you want fish-achuck ac­tion on the stick float or the chance of catch­ing a per­sonal-best spec­i­men on a leger rig, An­gling Times has put to­gether the best venues for you….

RIVER AVON, STRAT­FORD-ON-AVON, WARKS

The fa­mous ‘Rec’ stretch has been pro­duc­ing some crack­ing bags of roach to stick float, wag­gler and pole an­glers in re­cent weeks. This stretch will pro­duce right through the au­tumn. Con­tact: Bai­ley’s of War­wick, 01926 491984 Prices: £3 on the bank, Leam­ing­ton AA

RIVER BRUE, WEST LYDFORD, SOM­ER­SET

The fish­ing has just started to pick up at this au­tumn/win­ter hotspot. Bags of roach as well as some big spec­i­mens to over 2lb are on of­fer from this nar­row wa­ter­way. Con­tact: Som­er­set An­gling, 01278 431777 Prices: £7 from Som­er­set An­gling Cen­tre, Glas­ton Manor AC

RIVER DEE, FARNDON, CHESHIRE

The fish­ing is free from the English side of the river here. Ev­ery au­tumn the sport re­ally comes alive here, with an­glers claim­ing big bags of roach on both the float and feeder, with in­di­vid­ual fish to over 2lb. Con­tact: Tackle Locker, 01244 345069 Prices: £20 a sea­son, Dee AA

RIVER GREAT OUSE, KEMPSTON, BEDS

A re­cent match held here saw some whop­ping weights of redfins with most of the field record­ing dou­ble-fig­ure nets. The best catches were taken on the float with mag­gots. Con­tact: Vaux­hall AC, 07963641463 Prices: £55 an­nual mem­ber­ship

RIVER GREAT OUSE, ST NEOTS, CAMBS

The fish­ing from the town bridge at River­side Park is fan­tas­tic in au­tumn, with plenty of depth and a steady pace. You can catch one-a-chuck on the wag­gler or long pole. Con­tact: Mad Baits, 01480 476995 Prices: £4 a day on the bank, St Neots DFPAS

RIVER HULL, BEV­ER­LEY, E YORKS

This stretch has seen some big matches held on it in re­cent years and an­glers have recorded nets to 40lb, made up of mainly roach. Con­tact: Hull An­gling Cen­tre, 01482 374201 Prices: Free fish­ing

RIVER MEDWAY, EAST PECKHAM, KENT

Big shoals of roach can be found here once the weather starts to cool. An­gling Times did a fea­ture with lo­cal match ace Nick Gil­bert here in au­tumn and watched him net a big net of fish to over 1lb on the pole with caster. Con­tact: Fis­hon On­line, 01892 459217 Prices: Free fish­ing at East Peckham be­tween the bridge at Bran­bridges Road and the weir up­stream

RIVER NENE, PETER­BOR­OUGH, CAMBS

One of the best ar­eas is Stib­bing­ton Boat­yard. Park sen­si­bly in Sut­ton vil­lage and walk down Lovers Lane be­fore cross­ing the field to fish op­po­site the boats. Hemp and punch is a great com­bi­na­tion for fish to 1lb-plus. Con­tact: F Wade & Son, 01733 565159 Prices: £5 on the bank, Peter­bor­ough DAA

RIVER RIB­BLE, WAL­TON-LE-DALE, LANCS

In great form this sea­son with an­glers us­ing trot­ting tac­tics to catch roach to over 2lb. Ex­pect plenty of dace and chub too. Con­tact: Ted Carter Pre­ston, 01772 253476 Prices: Free fish­ing

RIVER SEV­ERN, SHREWS­BURY, SHROP­SHIRE

This venue has re­ally come on in re­cent sea­sons as a roach fish­ing hotspot. Match­men in par­tic­u­lar have recorded some great catches of roach on the sec­tion they call ‘The Quarry’ us­ing long pole or trot­ting tac­tics. Con­tact: To­tal An­gling, 01743 462699 Prices: £5 from To­tal An­gling Shrews­bury, Shrop­shire Fed­er­a­tion of An­glers

RIVER STOUR, CAN­TER­BURY TOWN CEN­TRE, KENT

This stretch sees few an­glers but holds some re­ally big roach to well over 2lb. This be­ing an ur­ban venue, it suits the rov­ing an­gler who can catch us­ing free­lined bread flake or mag­gots fished un­der a small float. Con­tact: Cathe­dral Tackle, 01843 591134 Prices: Free fish­ing

RIVER THAMES, SANDFORD MEADOW, OXON

Wag­gler or pole with caster and hemp is cur­rently pro­duc­ing some pris­tine fish in dou­ble-fig­ure nets from this very con­sis­tent stretch. Con­tact: Lit­tle­more AC, 07789334710 Prices: £3 a day from lo­cal tackle shops

RIVER TRENT, NOT­TING­HAM EM­BANK­MENT, NOTTS

The Trent is full of roach at the mo­ment, with most ar­eas able to pro­vide some good sport. The em­bank­ment in Not­ting­ham has al­ways been a hotspot for the species. The best tac­tic is to fish off the steps with a wag­gler cast a few rodlengths out to catch fish to 1lb-plus. Con­tact: Match­man Sup­plies, 01159 813834 Prices: Free fish­ing

RIVER WAVENEY, BECCLES, SUF­FOLK

The pegs by the road bridge down by the yacht club of­fer deep wa­ter, and are alive with roach right through the au­tumn. You can catch a net­ful eas­ily us­ing whip to hand, mini feeder, stick float or even the pole. Con­tact: An­gling Di­rect, 01502 713379 Prices: Free fish­ing

RIVER WEAVER, WINSFORD, CHESHIRE

The pop­u­lar Red Lion stretch through the town is well known for its roach sport. You can catch up to 40lb on a good day us­ing just mag­gots on the stick float or pole. Con­tact: Dave’s of Mid­dlewich, 01606 833853 Prices: £5 on the bank or £35 a sea­son, Winsford AC

RIVER WEL­LAND, SPALD­ING TOWN CEN­TRE, LINCS

Tar­get the pegs ei­ther side of the main town bridge for a good day’s fish­ing. Its ab­so­lutely solid here in late au­tumn and you can catch 40lb us­ing the pole around 5m out with bread­punch or pinkies. Con­tact: Granz An­gling, 01775 712206 Prices: Free fish­ing

Pole fish­ing on the River Nene at Stib­bing­ton.

A fine cach of hemp roach from the Nene at Sut­ton.

Stour in Can­ter­bury, Kent. A huge roach from the River

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