Tony Peet had a rewarding session on the Ribble just as this spate river was fining down after heavy rain. An excellent net of redfins was his reward, as he explains:
“On my previous outing for roach on this swim I had found the small fish very difficult to avoid, even on caster or tares. With this in mind, I took some corn and also a couple of pints of pinkies, along with the normal caster, hemp and tares. I mixed some groundbait and added some samples of hook bait. The pinkies are a good attractor and I hoped would keep the small stuff busy.
“After putting four good cricket-sized balls laced with bait in I tackled up. I imagined my first run down would get a bite, but nothing. The next half hour was spent searching the swim and changing baits. The depth was changed, shot was changed but after an hour I only had half a dozen chublets and small dace. Then, the float buried and I had the gentle nod nod of a nice roach. I changed to corn and had another good fish, followed by a few more decent ones.”
Tony used an Acolyte Ultra 13ft matched with an Abu 506 closed face reel, loaded with Float Fish line to a size 20 hook and 0.08mm hooklength.
The Evesham Angling Festival is one of the highlights of Jon Arthur’s season. Here’s how he got on this year over three tough (and very wet) days.
I love the buzz around the Evesham Festival, seeing the crowds, hearing the commentary over the tannoy and mingling with the top names. It’s also nice to have my family and friends come along to watch and hopefully cheer me on. That includes a very supportive wife who sits behind me in all kinds of weather. She deserves a medal, especially after all the rain we had!
Saturday was the big individual championship with £3,000 to the winner. 70 of us lined up to draw and I had a list of pegs I really wanted to be sat on. I would have taken anywhere on the Crown Meadow other than dreaded Peg 3 (which I incidentally found myself on two years ago – so I don’t always draw flyers!) but pegs 1 and 2 and pegs 5 to 10 were the ones I really fancied for a day’s roach sport. I was about 15th in the queue and no decent pegs of any description had come out by the time it got to my turn. I dipped my hand in the bag and out popped peg 6, quickly followed by a big groan from everyone and a few jealous mutters!
Terry Theobald has been back to the glorious River Wye recently to target the hard-fighting barbel the river is famous for.
Theo managed to successfully land several barbel to 8lb 7oz on his 1.75 Martin Bowler Specialist Barbel rod during an early morning session. The winning tactic was a simple running leger setup with a PVA bag of pellets and crushed boilies nicked onto the hook before casting.