By the time the Pike fishing season finishes I’ve usually pushed my luck with the family as far as it will go and actually feel like a rest from early mornings and physical fishing. However I still need to get my fishing fix so what I really need right now is some interesting (that word again) short session fishing. Luckily a year ago I stumbled, almost by accident, onto some good Roach fishing so right now this fits the bill nicely. Once upon a time I would have laughed at the thought of finding myself fishing for Roach but apart from being interesting (!) it ticks the other boxes too. The water in question is quiet and beautiful, the fish grow big.
As I get older I realise the benefits of keeping an angling diary too, I was able to go back a year and remind myself exactly how I went about it from location to groundbait mix to hook size. This time I felt confident enough to tweak things a little. Open end feeders, helicopter rigs and short hooklengths, my set ups would still make a proper Roach angler weep but I’ve gone a little lighter all round without breaking my philosophy of not wanting to get a bite if I can’t actually land the fish.
Since the Pike rods went to the back of the shed I’ve fished three times, all short evening sessions covering the last couple of hours of daylight and the first hour of dark. Already a pattern has formed, during the early period it seems as if there isn’t a fish within a mile of my baits but this gives me an opportunity to soak up the sights and sounds of the birdlife which is constant. When this subsides at dusk the silence is stark and the flight replaced by bats. I recast regularly to keep the feed going in and half an hour before the bats come out the Roach switch on. This also coincides with the dropping temperature requiring warm head gear in the form of my new ‘Catch Cult’ hat. Of course it could just mean that the new hat is a lucky one. So far I’ve caught a few Roach and missed a few too, only one required the scales and if I’d have been a bit more organised I should have used the camera too. To be honest I’d have settled for this but I’ll be back soon, hoping for more and bigger!
Talking of 'Catch Cult' the new magazine has been very well received and actually sold out! Well done Rob and Martin, roll on issue 2!