Well, today with my isolation over, a session Fishing was needed no matter how long the session, even with this brief 2 hour session on the River. I headed back to where I caught that warrior 2lb Roach before I had to self isolate and this time went to use the Pole, in hope I could get the shoal of Roach going again.
I setup with a top kit, short 3 and then 3 further sections with a butt on the end. Float wise today I opted for a yellow tip 1.25g rugby ball float with a wire stem, for some extra stability in the water, since I was fishing about 9ft deep, looking back, I think this affected my presentation, the River had a very strong flow on it today and it made it hard to keep it steady.
I started by feeding blitzed bread, maggot and dead maggot, feeding a bit upstream so that the flow would hopefully let the bait settle on the bottom where I was fishing. For hook bait I swapped between maggot and bread punch, but opted for to start on maggot.
It didn’t take too long before I got a bite and was into a decent Roach of a few oz, from rotating my hook baits, I eventually found bread punch led to quicker bites, however was missing a lot of them, so imagined I didn’t quite have the quality of Fish I had in front of me last time. Instead had a shoal of smaller Roach more pecking at my bite. I do think my presentation maybe affected my chances of a bigger Fish too sadly.
As the day went on I had a slow steady flow of a few Roach, and with short sessions, It isn’t long before it’s time to go. Wish I could’ve stayed longer but sometimes it’s just the way it goes. But was great to get out and on a few Fish.
Not a bad bag of Roach for 2 hours Fishing on a River, maybe about 2lb (I’m not great at judging weight though!). Just goes to show those big Roach aren’t always there. However I am slowly fine tuning my method on catching them, hopefully I can do this more consistently soon as they are a joy to catch!
Tight Lines all!