Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

WHEN fish­ing a river, the more wa­ter you can cover the bet­ter. That makes a Loafer or Avon float trot­ted down bril­liant for pick­ing off perch that may be sat well down­stream away from any dis­tur­bance, es­pe­cially in clear wa­ter.

A classic bob­ber or Loafer float is the pat­tern to use. They’re bul­bous and highly buoy­ant, and un­likely to be pulled un­der by large baits or when drag­ging the riverbed. Where you present the bait goes a long way to de­cid­ing how many bites you get. On a river that means fish­ing rel­a­tively close in to any mar­ginal cover like reeds or lily pads, which perch use as an am­bush point.

Tackle needs to be strong, as you can ex­pect de­cent fish on this tac­tic. A big hook en­sures max­i­mum pen­e­tra­tion, so a size 6 or 8 will work per­fectly with lob­worms or stan­dard den­drobaena worms.

Lines of 6lb break­ing strain fished straight through are likely to deal with any­thing you’re likely to hook.

“On a river, the more wa­ter you can cover the bet­ter”

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