Bodied or straight?
The lads had made an early start to secure the swim that they wanted. Effort usually equals reward, and the size of the roach was a real eye-opener.
These were gorgeous redfins, up to 1 lb in a few instances, but mostly between 6-10 oz. They were very impressive, putting up spirited battles all the way to the net.
Although the spot where Danny and Steve were fishing is a popular one, it’s not to say that you can’t bag up on roach elsewhere at Appleton, as you certainly can, with the deeper spots become more productive as the cold weather arrives. This is an excellent winter roach and perch venue, a time when it's fished a lot less.
Danny and Steve fish it in the colder months and do well. It may take longer to get the fish to feed in winter, but the quality of the roach makes it well worthwhile.
There are three key baits when fishing this large, open reservoir for roach. Steve is a big believer in corn, a single grain on a size 14 hook. Making sure that the hook point is showing will often sort out the better quality samples, but sometimes it’s necessary to be a bit more patient while waiting for a bite on corn.
Double red maggot is maybe the best all-round hook bait. Casters will also work very well, but cost a lot more.
Danny is a massive fan of hemp and tares. Feeding hemp and fishing with a tare will often sort out better stamp roach, and so it was proving today.
They were eye-popping creatures, freshly minted bars of silver with iridescent red fins.
Both anglers had hooked and lost a carp, but it’s just how it is sometimes. They stuck to their 2.6 lb hook lengths to 4 lb main line and kept the focus on the roach. Who was catching the most? I think it was neck and neck, to be honest.
Danny was using a bodied waggler, an item of tackle that you don’t see pressed into service too often these days, mainly because so many anglers fish narrow, commercial-style, venues, I suppose.
The body on this style of float
Judging by these quality nets, it’s not surprising that Warrington AA’s Steve Daley (left) and Danny Bellfield love their Appleton redfin fishing.