SLOW­ING DOWN THE BAIT IS THE ROUTE TO BIG­GER ROACH to how we do it, that varies from an­gler to an­gler

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

DAVE Har­rell’s as­ser­tion that slow­ing the bait down when trot­ting pro­duces the big­ger roach is well founded (pages 28/29).

What in­ter­ests me is how the method of do­ing so varies be­tween an­glers.

Most match an­glers rely on stick floats or sim­i­lar and strung shot­ting pat­terns, cer­tainly in a more se­date flow, whereas spe­cial­ist an­glers tend to rely on big floats and plenty of shot.

I re­mem­ber the day I en­joyed with Matt Tann on the Hamp­shire Avon when I ac­tu­ally man­aged a 2lb-plus roach for the Tight Lines cam­eras. I was us­ing a dot­ted­down, over­shot­ted 5 x No4 stick in the rapidly-ris­ing river, hold­ing it back quite hard.

Matt, on the other hand, used a 3SSG Loafer with plenty of top show­ing and a sin­gle BB drag­ging bot­tom to slow the bait down. While I was highly de­lighted with my soli­tary ‘two’, Matt had four over the magic mark, in­clud­ing a per­sonal roach of 2lb 14oz.

I learned a great deal that day! If you think about it, it is com­mon sense. Our loose­feed, es­pe­cially mag­got, even­tu­ally reaches the bot­tom and is picked up by the cur­rent as it wrig­gles.

Try­ing to im­i­tate that by con­trol­ling the tackle will re­sult in more fish.

Matt Tann with a cou­ple of big roach. His Loafer tactics out­fished my stick float ap­proach.

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