I went over to the Cefn Mably fisheries near Cardiff last week, just as the snow was beginning to thaw with a view to fishing a short session for roach.
I already knew the method I wanted to use – an old Leeda glass fibre whip that I’ve had for many years, fitted with a flick-tip and set-up with light pole tackle for the lovely roach that inhabit the bottom pool.
It was a real pleasure slowly building the swim over the three or so hours I was there and the mesmerising routine of flicking the rig out, feeding, striking and then swinging in a silvery little roach was enormous fun.
Over 40 roach fell to the single maggot hookbait, including a few chunky 8-10oz fish, with the majority in the 4-8oz range. Magic.