Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

ON SOME venues and un­der ad­verse con­di­tions the feeder is the only sen­si­ble tac­tic, putting the hook­bait close to your feed and giv­ing good pre­sen­ta­tion at range.

Block end feed­ers packed with mag­gots work well on clear rivers for roach be­tween 1oz and 1lb, fish­ing rel­a­tively light lines and small hooks. There’s a chance of bonus bream and chub too.

Roach bites on the feeder can some­times be quite sav­age, so it is im­por­tant to keep a tight line at all times and strike early.

Run the feeder on the main­line, stop­ping it with a bead or a cou­ple of float stops above the hook link, and watch that tip like a hawk!

Main­lines don’t need to be over gunned and around 3lb is ideal in snag-free swims. For a hook link, be­gin with around 18ins of 2lb or 3lb line but if you’re miss­ing a lot of bites, shorten this to 12ins or even less. If not much is hap­pen­ing, it may be that the fish are shy­ing away from the feeder, and in this in­stance, dou­bling the length of the tail can make a dif­fer­ence.

Mag­gots re­ally do take some beat­ing for the hook. Bronze is favoured by many roach angers al­though reds and even flu­oro pink grubs can also catch and have the handy knack of pick­ing off bonus perch and skim­mers too.

Start with a sin­gle mag­got on a size 20 fine wire hook, up­ping that to two on a size 18 if bites are plen­ti­ful and quick in com­ing.


Al­though roach bites on the float are usu­ally very del­i­cate, bites on the feeder can be just the op­po­site, so al­ways keep a hand on your rod. Mag­got colour is a mat­ter of choice – bronze, red, white, even flu­oro pink.

Mag­gots make un­beat­able hook­baits.

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