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