Sow­ing the seeds of suc­cess

Anglers Mail - - Where To Fish -

RIGHT now hemp is work­ing re­ally well on any venue, mov­ing or still, where there are shoals of roach in res­i­dence.

Too many an­glers give up on hemp as a hook bait, as it can take a lit­tle while of care­ful feed­ing to get the fish go­ing on the ‘black gold’.

Some­times trick­ling in a few grains at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals can pay off early in the ses­sion, but more of­ten it is later on that it comes into its own, with big, qual­ity redfins re­spond­ing.

My buddy Shawn Kit­tridge has been en­joy­ing great suc­cess on the seed in re­cent weeks, and I joined him at the Wal­row Com­plex, in High­bridge, Som­er­set, on Rail­way Pond.

It was a blue­bird sky and, with clear wa­ter there, it could have been tricky, but Shawn got the roach go­ing by feed­ing hemp from the off on a pole line, while start­ing with

Tac­tics? Crumb feeder can score with the bream, but pole over crumb will catch most species here, us­ing mag­got or pinkie hook baits.

Ken­net and Avon Canal Where? Pewsey town wa­ters, Wilt­shire. Pewsey & Dis­trict AA mem­ber­ship from £20.

Tel: 07596 894191.

What’s be­ing caught? Roach in sin­gle-fig­ure nets are the norm, with skim­mers also pos­si­ble. Perch well worth tar­get­ing, too.

Tac­tics? Pole and punch is ex­cel­lent for the roach and small sil­ver fish. Pinkies over crumb is good, too. Worm and cast­ers over chop­pie for the stripys. mag­gots on the hook.

That’s al­ways a good idea, as it will get you some early bites while wait­ing for the big­ger redfins to switch on to the seed.

Keep try­ing a grain of hemp on the hook ev­ery now and then, and if they’re ready, you’ll get a bite fairly quickly.

Some­times they’ll come right up in the wa­ter, so it pays to have a rig to catch them shal­low as well as deeper.

A cou­ple of pints of hemp should be more than enough for most roach fish­ing sit­u­a­tions. So, grab some and have a go for the roach on a venue near you!

leg­ering with pel­lets, corn, meat, worms or cast­ers.

Bris­tol Docks

Where? Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in the City of Bris­tol, BS1 4SB. Free fish­ing. Tel: 0117 903 1484. What’s be­ing caught? Skim­mers, bream, roach and perch in dou­ble-fig­ure bags from sev­eral ar­eas.

Tac­tics? Pole and mag­gots over crumb for the roach and skim­mers. Crumb feeder or straight lead and bread for the ‘slabs’.

Fes­ti­val Carp Fish­ery Where? Sharpham Drove, Glas­ton­bury, Som­er­set, BA16 9SF. Day tick­ets £7. Tel: 07919 130244.

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