The Coach Ian Did­cote’s bread tac­tics

THIS WEEK: Use bread prop­erly and catch more roach

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

COOL­ING tem­per­a­tures al­most al­ways trig­ger a feed­ing re­ac­tion from shoals of roach.

Venues where they sud­denly went missing now start to show their true colours, and one bait re­ally comes into its own.

As soon as the wa­ter clears, bread is the thing, and Gar­boli­nobacked Ian Did­cote never leaves home with­out his loaf.

“I’ve lost count of the num­ber of big roach bags I have taken on bread at this time of year,” he says.

“Nick a mag­got or a pinkie on the hook and you’ll prob­a­bly strug­gle, but switch to bread and you’ll be bag­ging up in no time.”

This week Ian gives an in-depth mas­ter­class on how to catch a fish ev­ery chuck on bread...


“The main rea­son that bread is so ef­fec­tive in clear wa­ter is that it stands out so well.

“A piece of bread­punch will be seen by roach al­ready in the swim, but it is the feed that will draw the shoals in from other ar­eas of the river, lake or canal.

“I like to fish two lines, and will feed them both with a small ball of feed at the be­gin­ning of the ses­sion. This is a mix­ture of white crumb and liq­uidised bread that has been pre­pared at home.

“I’ll pour a bag of white crumb ground­bait into the blender, turn it on and start slowly adding wa­ter to thicken it up. Once it reaches a nice con­sis­tency with­out any lumps I’ll put it in the freezer.

“The night be­fore the ses­sion it goes into my holdall, and on the day I mix it to­gether with the same amount of liq­uidised bread to cre­ate a fairly heavy feed that will en­sure there is al­ways some­thing in the peg for the fish to feed on.

“Make sure that the balls of feed aren’t squeezed to­gether too tightly – they need to start break­ing up on the way down to the bot­tom to cre­ate an at­trac­tive cloud.”


“If bread is left on your side tray for more than 10 min­utes it will soon dry up, and that’s when it’s time to reach for an­other slice.

“Bread that has dried up will be of no use – it will be dif­fi­cult to hook and even if you do man­age it, it will fall off in­stantly when it gets wet.

“With that in mind, it is im­por­tant to keep grab­bing a new slice out of the packet as re­quired. Fresh bread stays on the hook a lot bet­ter.

“There are lots of dif­fer­ent types of bread on the su­per­mar­ket shelves, but War­bur­tons Medium Toastie is by far the best, in my opin­ion.”


“Heavy main­lines and thick wire hooks have no place in this type of fish­ing and if you get your rigs wrong you could quite eas­ily record the dreaded blank.

“The crys­tal-clear wa­ter makes over-gunned rigs stand out, so it is im­por­tant to keep things light.

“Roach al­most al­ways con­gre­gate in open wa­ter, so even the big­gest fish can be banked on a very light rig. I al­ways use 0.10mm main­line to an 0.08mm hook­length and a size 20 hook.

“A very thin elas­tic fin­ishes off the set-up, any­thing from a No2 solid when the av­er­age stamp is small, step­ping up to a No4 if you are catch­ing qual­ity redfins ev­ery drop in.

“The last part of the equa­tion is the float, and I rely on a slim­line Gar­bolino DS22 to help de­tect the shyest of bites.”


Cold-wa­ter roach are suck­ers for fresh bread. Don’t squeeze your bread feed too tightly.

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