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On Tue 13 Feb at 8:34pm Fiahingperson wrote:
Lately I've been fishing at a pond I live nearby to in search of a big roach however I am being constantly pestered by tiny roach that are hardly worth catching. It would be great if someone could give me some tips on catching those bigger roach that I know do live in there. My bait has been maggots if that is of use to anyone
On Tue 13 Feb at 9:06pm Roacher wrote:
Size 10-8 hook, large pinch of bread flake.
Thank me later
On Tue 13 Feb at 10:55pm Izaac Walton wrote:
As has previously been mentioned, up your hook size and use bread flake. A couple of sweetcorn on a size 10 is worth a go or you could really go back to the old days and make yourself some bread paste with a bit of cheese mixed in with it. Stilton or Cheddar was always good at Sheffield Park when I used to fish there. At this time of year, a nice, fat, juicy, worm might also do the trick and if there are any perch in this pond you might get one as a bonus.
On Wed 14 Feb at 5:54am Ivan wrote:
Paste is the answer. I remember years ago seeing an old chap fishing the Cuckmere and he was catching decent Roach using a paste while others got nothing. Make it very soft though, so it barely stays on the hook. Too hard and it will be like a marble!
On Wed 14 Feb at 1:33pm Hamid Barr wrote:
Some of the most outdated advice on fishing I've ever heard.
Most big roach these days are caught on pellet, small boilies and the humble maggots and casters. As with all baits they have to be used correctly to be successful.
You say you fish a pond - strikes me there may not be any big roach in there at all. Perhaps establish if there are any decent fish in there at all ( small ponds are not known for specimen sized fish) and if the answer is no or you can't get an answer find a fishery that does have a head of good roach.
The non tidal Ouse at Barcombe Mills springs to mind but don't waste youe time there now. It's a summer and autumn water when you can avoid the pig ignorant swimmers, boaters and picnic people.
On Wed 14 Feb at 1:41pm P Erch wrote:
You really are a charmer Hamid Barr. For a start, there's no such thing as "outdated advice". Fish don't go off food because a new thing comes into the tackle shop.
Also, wasn't aware you owned the river. Others are allowed to use it.
Talk about arrogant ( u n t
On Wed 14 Feb at 2:39pm @P Erch wrote:
Very evidently you've never tried fishing on the Ouse at Barcombe in swimming season. No one said nobody else was allowed to use the river but it was a comment on how they do it.
Seems I touched a nerve.
Neither did anyone says fish go off a certain food - I simply pointed out they prefer something else. Neither is there anything new about boilies, maggots and casters - they've all been available for the last 50 years,
Best you take your head from your backside
On Wed 14 Feb at 2:58pm Ivan wrote:
@@P Erch Seriously, have boilies really been around for 50 years? Are you certain of that fact?
On Wed 14 Feb at 4:21pm @P Erch wrote:
Shame about the foul language. You do realise how that makes you look, don't you?
On Wed 14 Feb at 7:48pm @Ivan wrote:
Boilies were invented in the early 60's by Fred Wilton - though an angling journo of the time Gerry Savage tried to nick a lot of the credit. The got the name boilies from the process used to make them - which gave them a hard skin so small fish couldn't nibble them away before they were found by the carp that Wilton was after catching. It was a few tears before they were commercially available but you could buy them late 50's ish. Not in the quantities and flavours you can today and not in so many outlets as today I'll grant you but nonetheless very much available. By the early 80's boilies were widely available and were part of a massive boom in carp fishing.
So yes boilies have been available for 50 years or all but
On Wed 14 Feb at 8:25pm Ivan wrote:
Re Boilies, I really didn't know they had been around that long. I spent most of my teenage years (1970's) fishing on the Pevensey Marshes and had many books by John Wilson and carp catcher extraordinaire Chris Yates - none of these mentioned Boilies. My favourite bait was a small redworm, tipped with a couple of grains of sweetcorn.
On Wed 14 Feb at 8:34pm C. Trout wrote:
Just wondering if Mr. Bah ever has a good word to say about anybody or anything judging by the unpleasantness displayed here and on his other posts.
On Wed 14 Feb at 8:57pm Hamid Barr wrote:
@Ivan - John Wilson wasn't a carp angler and was never renowned for that side of fishing. Clever chap that Yates was/is he was also an eccentric who chose to fish ( and always did/does) with cane rods and old style baits. In other words not in touch with the modern world of carp fishing because he chose not to be.
@C, Trout please stop being such a tos*ser though I do realise that means changing the habits of a lifetime
On Thu 15 Feb at 5:29am Ivan wrote:
I never claimed that John Wilson was a Carp angler. He was a Chub man. And Yates was so out of touch he used to hold the British record for Carp! That was when fishing was close to nature - not your commercial stuff of today.
On Thu 15 Feb at 11:34am Hamid Barr wrote:
You said you'd read books by John Wilson that never mentioned boilies si that does suggest you were making some sot of carp connection. Wilson was an all round angler who didn't concentrate on any single species. I know this because I knew him well back in the day he had a tackle shop in Norwich.
Ref Chris Yates I said he was out of touch with modern carp fishing through choice. He caught his record carp in 1980 from Redmire - a 3 acre fishery that had previously produced 2 record carp. Redmire had a long history of huge carp but it's size made their location rather easier. That's not to decry Yates's achievement but does give it some perspective if we're going to compare carp fishing 40/60 years ago with carp fishing today - the cream of which is done on waters other than commercials and possibly far more difficult than Redmire
On Thu 15 Feb at 12:54pm Ivan wrote:
Did you fish with him on the Wensum? Proper fishing that.
On Thu 15 Feb at 5:10pm Hamid Barr wrote:
Nope. I used to supply his shop.
The Wensum is nice but something of a shadow of it's former self now.
We're quire blessed in Lewes with the Ouse and Glynde Reach and loads of stillwater
On Thu 15 Feb at 5:21pm Ivan wrote:
Hamid, as I said earlier, my teenage years were spent fishing on the Pevensey Marshes. The rivers (drains really) had very little in the way of stocking so most of the fish were truly wild. I had tench to 7lb from Wallers Haven and roach to 2lb from Pevensey haven. In my late teenage years, I moved on to the Cuckmere which I found very challenging. My best fish from there was a 9lb carp and chub just shy of 4lb. The most beautiful fish I have caught was a roach from The King's Sedgemore Drain in Somerset - it was a dark bronze brown colour due to the peat in the water. You may have guessed, I am not keen on modern commercial fisheries.
On Fri 16 Feb at 7:50pm Hamid Barr wrote:
Neither am I Ivan. They're ok on a nice day in the close season when you want to do something not over testing for a few hours.
Haven't fished the Wallers for years (I'm a DFL) and never fished the Cuckmere.
Have a fancy to try the Uck which I believe could me as much of a challenge as the Cuckmere but you'd know better than me if that were so.
Believe it or not the most beautiful fish I've ever caught was from the little known ( I think) Glynde Reach. It looked like a rudd/bream hybrid - something I'd never seen before. If you can imagine a golden bream with bright fins you'll get the picture.
On Sat 17 Feb at 5:56am @Hamid Barr wrote:
As far as i'm aware, the Uck is free fishing in most places. I've fished it down by the rugby club and had a great few hours.

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