Sowing the seeds of success
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.
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.