It's that time of year again when the close season looms, it has gone so quick ( since June ) that I hadn't realised it was this close until I counted five weekends from last until the river's get a much needed rest from all of us anglers, as the 14th of March falls on a Saturday I suspect weather permitting the banks will be full to the rafters with savvy anglers looking to get their last flowing fix before the gear is throw into the corner of the garage, I for one won't be doing so as a Rudd campaign is on the cards but I won't get ahead of myself as that's still quite a while away. Between now and then I will be making a more concerted effort to catch some more Roach with a 2lb specimen a possibility, I have fished a large amount of rivers this season and managed good Roach off of quite a few and I look to keep this theme up until mid-March arrives.
My late winter Roach campaign started a little while back and I had a fantastic bag of Roach on the centre-pin to the tune of 18lb 11oz, this was my best haul of Roach for quite a long time and although they weren't 2lb fish it's been a while since I've had such fun with a shoal as I have been largely frustrated at times by their inability to feed when I'm around!, I know it's nature and all that but I seemed to get it wrong spectacularly (for 6 trips).
|As pristine as is possible.|
|A decent gonk not a monster though.|
|4.15 Winter Barbel.|
|Average stamp of Roach around the 12oz mark.|