What’s the score with fish­ing cast­ers for roach on rivers?

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

WHEN should I be­gin to fish cast­ers for river roach? Steve Proud, War­wick

IT OF­TEN takes a while for the fish to turn on to cast­ers.

You’ll need to feed them for a while be­fore slip­ping one on the hook – this change can re­sult in fewer bites but bet­ter qual­ity fish when they come.

A gen­eral rule of thumb would be to start on mag­gots or pinkies but loose­feed cast­ers. Once you are catch­ing reg­u­larly, put a caster on the hook and judge the re­sponse – if you catch, carry on bag­ging, if not, change back to mag­gots, keep feed­ing and try again half an hour later.

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