Boost Your Weight with Roach – Nathan Gooderham

I was off to Stonham Barns for the first summer league match and was greeted with warm sunshine and a bit of breeze which was very nice for me but was it for the fish?

I pulled out peg 23 which I was fairly happy with as I arrived to my peg to find a nice island around 13 meters away and nice looking edges so I had a few options. I chose to setup 3 lines: one to the island and both edges, I opted to feed a 50:50 ratio of 4mm and micro Bait-Tech fishmeal carp pellets, reason for this is I believe if you feed one size of pellet the fish tend to get pre occupied. Hook baits were as simple as it gets, a tub of worms and a couple tins of corn.

I started off the match by potting in half a pot of pellets and a few grains of corn on the island swim and a full pot of just pellet in both edges, shipping out 13 meters to the island, first put in the float never even settled before I see a big bow wave shoot across the lake which I thought was a good sign that the fish were on the bait immediately. That wasn’t the case as the next put in produced a roach of about 2oz! The next hour or so I was plagued by roach and never saw another carp in sight.

I then thought well why not just go for the roach as there were so many of them!! I took a gamble and got back in the van and drove 20 minutes to the tackle shop and got a pint and a half of red maggots! As soon as I got back to my peg I took out a match kit elasticated with number 5 Preston slip and attached my roach rig to it and started to loose feed maggots on a top kit length away down my left edge and I was into thick and fast action catch roach one a chuck!

I decided to get my head down and stick to it for the next 3 and a half hours! You can obviously guess what happened when it went quiet for a few minutes – yes I hooked 3 carp on this line and landed all 3 without a puller bung – bonus! It got to the last half hour and I knew I had to go for another carp or 2 to stand a chance of framing so I took a gamble and put the roach rig down and potted in 2 big potful’s of pellets in on the island and went straight in over the top with a whole worm and the fish started to swirl over the bait.

It wasn’t long before the elastic was stripping out the end of the pole. It had paid off as I hooked and landed another 4 carp which put me in with a chance! I managed to weigh in and to my complete surprise I managed to get 20lb of roach, along with 28lb of carp which totalled 48lb and enough for 2nd in the match!

Just goes to prove that roach can be a great way of boosting your weight and are definitely worth going for when all else goes quiet which is usually mid match in most cases.

Tight lines
Nathan Gooderham


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