win­ning roach tactics

Bril­liant ways to bol­ster your match weights when carp bites tail off

Angling Times (UK) - - NEWS -

CARP are no longer the re­li­able com­mer­cial fish of sum­mer – but big roach, of­ten ig­nored, can be­come a key part of your match strat­egy.

Boost­ing half-a-dozen carp with 20lb of qual­ity roach can make a real dif­fer­ence at the scales, but it’s not just a case of set­ting up a top kit and swing­ing fish af­ter fish to hand. Just like the carp, roach will move out into deeper wa­ter and scorn a poorly pre­sented bait.

Catch­ing these roach, along with bonus skim­mers, hy­brids and even tench, is some­thing that has served me well, es­pe­cially on the au­tumn fes­ti­vals at White Acres. Hone your plan to per­fec­tion and you’ll be sur­prised just how much you catch.

To help you get sorted for these im­por­tant win­ter match fish I’ve come to Plan­ta­tion Lakes near Bris­tol. The Main Lake is a great sum­mer match wa­ter for carp but one that def­i­nitely changes when the leaves are off the trees.

You’ll still catch carp here, but the lake is also stuffed with big roach and lots of skim­mers that can be caught on the pole.

You can even catch them shal­low, and this I think is an im­por­tant point to get across. Even in cold weather, roach – es­pe­cially big ones – will feed off bot­tom and fish that av­er­age 5oz-6oz are what you need to be catch­ing to bump your weight up. Do­ing it with 2oz fish is much harder work.

One fi­nal point to make about fish­ing for roach is per­haps the most im­por­tant of all – the fish will rarely feed all day on one line so you’ll need to rest the swim. That’s why I would have a longer line with pel­lets for carp and big skim­mers or a feeder chuck on the go as well.

When roach bites show signs of slow­ing, put the rig down and go some­where else in the swim but don’t stop feed­ing! Af­ter 20 min­utes or so you can go back on the roach line and catch a good run of fish be­fore they fade away again.

On an ideal day, though, I’d fully ex­pect to get a bite and hope­fully catch on ev­ery drop-in.

Qual­ity roach can make or break a match.

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