Youngsters are missing out
SEPTEMBER is a great time of year to target roach, big ones especially.
It seems as if carp have superseded roach as the favourite species of the modern angler in this country, but a lovely catch of quality roach is a joy to behold and something to be proud of, because it involves a lot of dedicated graft.
I was recently analysing the age demographics of the YouTube video channel, for whom I make videos. There are not a lot of carp or commercial-style videos on the channel, and it probably won’t
Where? Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 1PP. Day tickets £5, in advance from local tackle shops. Northwich AA membership £50 and no joining fee.
Tel: 07570 976539.
What’s being caught? A perfect time to discover the pleasing roach action on the middle reaches, especially if the bream are iffy, due to clear water and low flow. Catches of silver fish to 10 lb or more, made up of roach to 10 oz. Bream to 3 lb if the river colours up. Tactics? For roach, casters on a size 18 hook over hemp will be productive. Pole down the first shelf, and set the bulk at middepth, to create a slow fall to the hook bait, or try a fully spread out rig, and set it shallower if the roach respond on the drop. come as a surprise that 45-65 is the main age group of those who watch regularly. Hardly anyone who accesses it might be classed as a junior or youth.
I suspect that the age demographic for videos on a carp channel would be substantially lower. So, do
the redfins on bread punch, down the track or even close in. A 4 mm pellet will also attract the better-sized roach.
Shropshire Union Canal Where? St Anne’s Road, Middlewich, Cheshire, CW10 9DL. Canal & River Trust Waterway Wanderers tickets £20. Tel: 01606 833853.
What’s being caught? This length holds roach to 1 lb, along with decent perch to 12 oz. Pleasure anglers can land up to 15 lb. With the schools going back, it’s a good time to fish in among the houses.
Tactics? Pole with casters over hemp sorts out the larger roach, just feed little and often throughout what will be a busy session, at 8-10 m and across to a moored boat, if you find one. youngsters who plunge straight into the pursuit of specimen carp miss out on the simple pleasure (and skill) of catching roach on baits such as tares, hempseed or elderberries?
Impossible to say, but if you are seeking some solid silver fish sport, look at these listings.
that works very well, too. Tares are good, but are probably no better than casters, in truth.
Where? Waybutt Lane, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 5QA. Bay Malton AC membership £75 plus a £35 joining fee. Tel: 01270 820812. What’s being caught? The excellent Specimen Lake at this club complex is always of particular interest to any angler seeking lots of roach, having redfins to over 1 lb, with plenty of carp to low-doubles, so don’t fish too light.
Tactics? Feed a dozen casters over hemp close in, and you’ll soon have a solid session with roach. Try pellets on a feeder or pellet waggler for some hard-fighting carp, too.
Roach such as this one are abundant at Appleton Reservoir, which is listed here.