DAVE HAR­RELL: RIVER TAC­TICS

Angling Times (UK) - - TIP & TACTICS -

BUY A BAR­ROW

I’d be lost with­out my plat­form bar­row. I use it on all sort of venues and of­ten carry far too much gear with me, just be­cause I can!

TRY NEW VENUES

Make the com­ing sea­son a more in­ter­est­ing one by try­ing dif­fer­ent venues out. New places of­fer new chal­lenges!

TAIL EX­PER­I­MENT

On cer­tain days a 5ft tail can catch you fish when a 3ft one won’t. Al­ways ex­per­i­ment!

PUT A LOBBY ON!

Lob­worms are bril­liant for all fish when the wa­ter is coloured. Use them whole or in seg­ments.

TRY MEAT

Fish such as bar­bel and chub love smelly lun­cheon meat. It’s a bait that too many an­glers now ig­nore.

FISH STRONG!

Where big fish are the quarry, make sure your lines are up to the job. There’s no point hook­ing big fish if you’re go­ing to lose them!

TRY A SPECI WAGG

If you fish venues where there is fast, shal­low wa­ter, you will catch more fish on a Speci Wag­gler than any other rig!

GO SHAL­LOW

Too many an­glers ig­nore the up­per lay­ers when wag­gler fish­ing in deep wa­ter – a big mis­take if the fish are com­ing up to in­ter­cept the feed.

REDFIN HEAVEN!

Roach are my favourite species of all time. I’ll be head­ing to some favourite early sea­son stretches with hemp and tares as my main bait choices.

DOU­BLE UP ON RIGS

I al­ways make du­pli­cate rigs when I’m prepar­ing for a match. This way, I’m al­ways covered against mishaps.

TRY CARP PEL­LETS

I’ve had loads of suc­cess with these. I feed 4mm and 6mm and use an 8mm pel­let on the hook.

SPLADOOSH!

Swim­feed­ers can ac­count for some huge bags of fish in the sum­mer, so don’t ig­nore this tac­tic if your river of choice is car­ry­ing colour.

CAST­ERS

Cast­ers are well worth try­ing if small fish are a nui­sance on mag­got baits. To guar­an­tee good cast­ers try turn­ing your own.

TARES

Roach love tares in the warmer months. I cook a load ev­ery month and split them into half-pint mea­sures be­fore freez­ing them. This way, I’ve al­ways got a bag to take with me.

HEMP

I’ve al­ways got a cou­ple of tins with me. Mix them with cast­ers and hemp for the per­fect base feed, ei­ther loose or in ground­bait.

HAPPY DACE!

Find some fast, shal­low wa­ter and there’s a very good chance you’ll find a lot of dace as well. There has been an ex­plo­sion of these fish in re­cent sea­sons on big rivers like the Sev­ern.

BOMBS AWAY!

There are times when a straight leger rig with a bomb can outscore a feeder, es­pe­cially when there are a lot of bream in front of you.

USE A TRUNCHEON

Like Speci Wag­glers, Trun­cheons are very buoy­ant and work best in fast wa­ter where you need a longer float.

LAY A TRAP

Al­ways give your­self some­where to go if your main line of at­tack slows down. This might mean feed­ing big baits some­where dif­fer­ent.

SMALL BLOCKS OF TIME

Split your ses­sions into 10and 15-minute in­ter­vals. Try dif­fer­ent things in these pe­ri­ods un­til you dis­cover how the fish want the bait pre­sented.

TRY KRILL PEL­LETS

This is great bait for river bar­bel when the wa­ter is coloured. Use 4mm of­fer­ings in a feeder with an 8mm pel­let on the hook.

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