50 bril­liant river tips!

Dave Har­rell starts a new series with vi­tal early-sea­son river tips

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Dave Har­rell’s top ad­vice for open­ing week­end suc­cess

IDON’T know about you, but for me the closed sea­son has re­ally dragged on this time and I can’t wait to get back on run­ning wa­ter again!

We’ve had a de­cent amount of rain over the past few weeks and this has put some much-needed colour and pace back in the rivers. They’re look­ing good for the start.

Over the course of the sea­son ahead I’ll be vis­it­ing loads of dif­fer­ent wa­ters.

Some I al­ready know, but I al­ways en­joy go­ing to new places too and we’ve got some great venues lined up for fea­tures.

I hope you en­joy read­ing them as much as I’m look­ing for­ward to do­ing them.

To get the new series started here are 50 ideas, tips and tac­tics that you might like to try once the sea­son gets un­der­way.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be look­ing in depth at how to put bigger catches to­gether us­ing a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent ap­proaches.

Roll on June 16!

HOLD ON TIGHT!

Bar­bel are prob­a­bly the most ex­cit­ing river fish to catch. Most peo­ple just use a static bait with a feeder or leger rig but it’s more ex­cit­ing to catch them on float gear, es­pe­cially in fast wa­ter!

DON’T IG­NORE MAG­GOTS

Mag­gots are not fash­ion­able with a lot of an­glers these days but fish still love them! I never leave home with­out some.

GET COM­FORT­ABLE

River banks are sel­dom as level or man­i­cured as those on com­mer­cials. So make sure your box plat­form is level and that every­thing is eas­ily to hand be­fore you start fish­ing.

DOT IT DOWN

Roach and dace re­quire del­i­cate pre­sen­ta­tion. Shot­ting your float so that just the mer­est dim­ple is show­ing is of­ten nec­es­sary to hit shy bites.

FEED TO RE­SPONSE

On venues where small fish aren’t so plen­ti­ful, al­ways feed to re­sponse. If you’re not get­ting many bites, ease up.

TAR­GET STRIPEYS!

Loads of venues hold big perch now. Pole fished worms will sort out the big boys!

GO LONG

Pole fish­ing keeps every­thing tight and pre­cise. You’re al­ways back in the same spot, and care­ful feed­ing can bring big re­wards in terms of reg­u­lar bites!

FISH LIGHT!

To catch roach, you of­ten need to fish ul­tra-light with 0.08mm hook­lengths. It can mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween catch­ing and not.

ASK QUES­TIONS

If other an­glers are catch­ing more than you are, don’t be afraid to ask for ad­vice. Most peo­ple will be happy to help you.

WATCH A MATCH

This can be a fast track to learn about a venue. You’ll quickly learn about ap­proaches and tac­tics by watch­ing good an­glers do­ing their stuff.

FISH A MATCH

If you’ve of­ten fan­cied it but never done it, make this sea­son the one to fish your first match. Your first pick-up will feel fan­tas­tic!

BUY A FRIDGE

Mag­gots can be ex­pen­sive, es­pe­cially when you need a lot, so don’t waste them. In­vest in an old fridge (or two, like me) and al­ways en­sure your bait is chilled right down.

TURN OLD MAG­GOTS

Old mag­gots kept in damp saw­dust will turn into cast­ers within a few days in the sum­mer months. You’ll need a cou­ple of good rid­dles to keep run­ning the bait through.

PLAN AHEAD

I’d be lost with­out my wall plan­ner. I use it more than a diary now and it re­ally helps me to plan my sea­son ahead. Well worth in­vest­ing in a new one ev­ery year!

FEED PLENTY!

Many of our rivers now have loads of small fish in them and you of­ten need to feed a lot of bait in or­der to at­tract bigger fish in. Bulk your bait out with 4mm carp pel­lets if it’s a prob­lem for you.

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