THE coarse fishing river season closes at midnight March 14 in England and Wales, and those final days and hours often bring some very special catches.
Angler’s Mail selected these super 7 river tips, to help you grab some quality sport …
1. TOP TIMING
This first one of our late-season river tips almost goes without saying. And as the final days and hours of the season hit us, sometimes we’ve just got to go fishing… regardless!
As the colour from floodwater starts to drop and suspended sediment starts to settle, specimen fish such as barbel, bream and roach will be actively looking for food. This is a prime time to be out on the banks.
2. ENOUGH GRUB
When chub fishing, make sure you take enough maggots. You may well need at least four pints for a five-hour session as you’ll need to regularly feed the swim to draw fish.
Lee Chatfield explains the tactic well in his blog on chub fishing.
3. MASH IT UP
Mashed bread feed attracts fish, particularly roach and chub, from downstream. To catch them pinch a flake of bread on the hook.
4. GET A LOB ON
Perch spawn early in the year and will be looking to pack on weight before they do so.
Present a lobworm near overhanging bushes and there’s a real chance that you’ll hook into a heavyweight stripy.
5. THE RIGHT FLOAT
When trotting small baits (maggots, casters, punched bread and worms) try using an Avon float or large stick float.
When using heavier baits (meat, bread and big pellets) use chubber or loafer floats which can carry a lot of bulk weight for good control in fast water.
6. CHEESE TIME
Chub love cheesepaste which is a particularly good bait in coloured water.
To make an excellent cheesepaste all you need is a 50:50 mix of shortcrust pastry and cheese.
Let both ingredients reach room temperature and simply mash them together by hand, adding a touch of flour to stiffen the mix if required.
7. DROP IT IN
When fishing on the bottom of fast flowing rivers, don’t throw feed into a swim.
The current will quickly wash the feed downstream and away from your hook bait before it has a chance to sink to the river bed.
Instead, use a baitdropper as this allows your feed to be deposited hard on the bottom.
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