Autumn Roach Fishing

One of my favourite ways of spending and autumn day is in search of roach on the pole.

At this time of the year a dark groundbait with plenty of activity is the best choice for roach.

The Black Roach and Quick Skimmer groundbaits go well together and are ideal for autumn roach fishing.

Lifting and dropping the rig a little can often bring more bites from the roach and perch as it mimics the sinking loose feed through the cloud of groundbait.

The Xitan Z6-2 pole is a great all-rounder, and although I normally use it for carp fishing through the summer, it is equally good for more delicate roach fishing.

If you want lots of bites on the pole this autumn then roach are a great fish to target, and simple tactics are all you need.

Have a great autumn’s fishing.

Tight lines! 

Martin Siwon


Landing Net No-Snag Latex

This is a great net for fish of all sizes. The 5mm x 5mm latex mesh is designed for maximum protection of the fish.

The latex-coated material also makes this a very fast drying net.

M – 50cm X 38cm x 28cm

L – 60cm x 48cm x 30cm

XL – 60cm x 48cm x 35cm

 

Hermann Tallonneau


netting big f1 carp

F1’s Down the Edge

If you love catching big F1’s then you need to get yourself down to Lake 6 on the Orchard Farm Fishery complex in Kent. It been a while since I last fished here but what a return it’s been, as the fish have just got bigger and seem to be more plentiful than ever. This is a great venue to look at one of my favourite tactics – catching F1’s down the edge.

F1’s will move to the feed

Arriving early and knowing that the wind was forecasted to pick up to gale force as the day progressed along with the chance of the odd heavy showers I decided to head to the road bank with the wind of my back for some respite and enjoy the warmth of the sunshine for most of the day. These pegs have always been some of the best on this venue and with few other anglers around and knowing that these F1’s really do move to the feed knew it was the right choice.  

As close to perfection as it gets

Tackle for the session consists of the fantastic EXO Sphere Zero-G F1+ rigged up with a pulla kit and Xitan Microbore 2.3mm blue pole elastic which has a 9-13 rating. If you’re looking for a pole that’s incredibly light and stiff then you need to check this one out, it really is as close to perfection as it gets. You don’t need a complex rig for F1’s down the edge, keeping things really simple and making sure all the components are robust and reliable, capable of withstanding big hits if you’re on the fish is much better than going delicate. My rig today consists of a 0.35g float placed on Cenex Classic 0.16mm line with four number 8 soft shot to cock it. These are positioned together just above a four-inch hook length which is once again Cenex Classic in a 0.12mm diameter and onto this I’ve tied a size 16 Sphere CPF LS barbless hook.

hooking two maggots

F1’s love maggots, especially in the winter, and they are my first choice of bait for both feed and hookbait.

maggots in pole pot

Use a small pot to feed maggots on a little and often basis.

margin f1 pole fishing

When you hook a fish guide it away from the margins.

Make the most of the margin

A quick plumb along the margins reveals a nice area at just 5 metres in 2ft 11inches of water which has plenty of cover and offers some shade from the sun. Believe me, being able to fish down the edge here and catch is a real treat as during a match these fish tend to move away from the margins into open water and numerous lines need to be feed and rotated in order to get the best from a swim. Today with minimal disturbance from other anglers I know that these fish will move close in, all I need to do is keep a few maggots constantly falling through the water and once they arrive it should be a really enjoyable and action packed session. The best bait by far for F1’s is maggots, they absolutely adore them and even in the height of summer when pellet does come into play, maggots will still be difficult to beat. Feeding on a little-and-often basis is the key here and I’m simply going to feed a dozen maggots through a small feed pot every put in. If I start to foul hook fish then I will reduce the amount of maggots and if this fails try up in the water but hopefully this won’t happen. 

Low to the water

First put in and after tipping the freebies in and slowly lowering the rig over the top the float sails away. Using a short line from pole tip to float means all that’s required is a slight lift before the elastic begins to extend and I’m into my first F1. Weighing around 2lb 8oz, it’s   the average size here now but they have been caught to nearly 8lb! Hooking and playing a fish is another area that makes so much difference in building a big weight. As soon as I hook a fish I keep the pole low to the water and draw the fish away from the feeding zone and into open water. When the pole is straight out in front it’s simply a case of shipping it back on the rear rollers whilst all the time keeping the tip close to the water. When the fish is close in its time to unship the top sections and then, and then only lift the pole vertically. What will happen next is the F1 will come up in the water and splash on the surface before bolting away and if your quick you should be able to net them first time on most occasions. 

Cenex classic mono

Cenex Classic Mono is incredibly reliable and has a very accurate diameter.

Xitan microbore elastic

The blue Xitan Microbore Elastic is just right for winter F1 rigs.

f1 carp winter pole rigs

Use simple, robust rigs with a sensitive tip for winter margin fishing for F1’s.

bulk pole rig shot

I use a bulk of four no.8 shot on my winter F1 rigs.

sphere CPF LS hooks

The Sphere CPF LS barbless hook is my choice for maggot fishing.

"The fishing today can only be described as incredible."

Incredible fishing

The fishing today can only be described as incredible as nearly every put in has produced an F1’s, it must be black with them in my swim, and it’s easy to see why you need over 200lb on occasions to frame here. As predicted the weather does take a turn for the worse with the wind increasing around lunchtime and at one stage I had to make a dash to the car when a storm front blew over. Fortunately this soon passed and the sun came out once again, drying everything out and in the meantime letting me get my fill with more F1’s and with well over 150lb of fish already netted I’ll be heading home a very contented angler.

 

Tight lines!

 

Garry Cooper

margin fishing with sphere pole

Look for a flat bottom and some cover along the margins for the perfect spot to fish.

sphere camo top kit

On bright days look for any shade as the F1’s will fed more confidently here.

netting big carp on pole

Big fish can be landed easily when the slow down in the winter.

Garry’s Tackle for F1’s down the edge

EXO Sphere Zero-G F1+ 

Xitan Microbore Blue Pole Elastic

Cenex 0.16mm & 0.12mm Classic Mono 

Sphere CPF LS Size 16 Barbless Hook

0.35g Pole Float

Small Mini Cup

Size 8 Soft Shot

Garry’s bait for F1’s down the edge

Red maggots

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winter f1 catch

Stillwater bream feeder

Stillwater Bream on the Feeder

I love feeder fishing and throughout the colder month’s bream, a reliable winter species, become my main target on stillwaters. Today I’ve come to Northlands Park, a shallow day ticket venue in Basildon, Essex, and will be fishing the Café Lake which is a mixed fishery but more importantly it contains a good head of silvers and regularly produces bumper bags of Stillwater bream on the feeder. 

Stillwater bream love the deeps

When it’s really cold I instantly head for the deeper area of the lake, which is around 6ft deep, as this is where the bream will be held up and if there’s a brisk south west wind blowing even better. Ideally I would prefer to have this wind in my face, however today it’s just too cold and strong, so I have decided to fish of the back of it, with the aim of casting into the main body of the lake. 

Little bream feeder fishing edges = big advantages

Tackle for today consists of my trusted 11’ Sphere Feeder Rod, a brilliant rod for this and coming in two sections means that I can have it made up and ready to go straight away. I’ve teamed this up with a Black Viper NK FD reel, a big reel some would say for this type of fishing but as I’m only using a small feeder the benefit of its large spool is it allows me to cast a long way effortlessly. This is loaded with Cenex 0.18 (6lb) Feeder Mono, a line that has a really smooth surface, which once again aids casting, is off medium-stretch; sink’s well, is supple and highly abrasion resistant, perfect for feeder fishing and the punishment it will go through from regular casting. The reason for using a small feeder is it make minimal disturbance when entering the water, something I think is really important on shallow lakes and one that gives me a big advantage over other anglers. On the business end I’m using what’s known as a Twizzle Boom set up, two loops one of which has been twisted along with a further smaller standard loop tied to the end of my mainline. Above these two loops is a short boom that comes to rest against an Oval Super Stopper. This short boom contains an Easy Snap Swivel onto which the feeder is attached. Twizzle Booms reduce tangles and can be bought already made, such as Browning Feeder-Rig II, as well as the Feeder Boom Link. Hook lengths, attached to the lower loop, are made from Cenex Fluoro Carbon Hook Line in either a 0.13mm or 0.15mm diameter, are on average eighteen inches in length and have either a size 16 or 18 barbless Sphere CPF hook attached. These hooks are extremely sharp and are perfect for baits such as maggots, casters, pinkies and worms.  

bream feeder fishing 2

Find the right spot and be accurate

Before fishing the first thing I do is to have a lead around to find out what lies in front of me. I use a Sphere Bomb Rod to do this and simply attach a small lead, cast out and feel what the rod transmits back through it. Feeling the lead down will give me an indication of the depth and this light, sensitive rod will tell me what the lake bed is made up off. Ideally I’m looking for an area of relatively firm silt as this will not only hold natural food like bloodworm in the winter but also give me good presentation of rig and hookbait. Once I have found the spot I will be targeting I simply use Marker Sticks to find the same distance on my feeder rod, before clipping the line in the reel seat so I can constantly hit the same area throughout the session. 

sphere match hooks

Light, sharp hooks are essential as the bream are quite timid at this time of the year.

Cenex fluorocarbon line

I use Cenex Fluorocarbon for my hooklength, which is normally around 18 inches (45cm) in length.

bream feeder rig

Easy Swap Swivel for quick feeder change.  

A stillwater bream feeder fishing banquet

Bait today consists of a live and dead maggots (hook bait), pinkies (for when the going gets tough), casters (mainly for feed in the feeder), 2mm pellets (which are added to the groundbait) and corn (to pick out bigger fish). Groundbait is the ever reliable Champion’s Feeder Quick Bream with around 25% Black Roach added which darkens the mix down. 

"Tackle for today consists of my trusty Sphere feeder rod."

Lay the table for stillwater bream on the feeder

Having found the area to target and clipped my feeder rod to the desired distance, today its around 30m, the next job is to ‘lay-the-table’ and get some feed into the swim in order for the bream to home in on. Using the feeder rod I simply add a larger capacity feeder, plug one end with groundbait before adding some dead/live maggots before plugging the other end. This is cast to the desired spot, left for a few seconds to empty before repeating a further five times. Once done it’s simply a case of attaching a smaller feeder and the hooklink, baiting with a couple of red maggots and casting out. Sometimes you will have to wait for the fish to arrive, on others bites will come straight away and on other occasions a switch of hookbait or altering the hook length will work, it’s simply a case of working out how and what they want as quickly as possible. One thing that is important is regular casting, even if bites aren’t forth coming, probably every three or four minutes, as this keeps the swim topped up. If the bream are really on the bait it’s a good idea, from time to time throughout the session, to switch to a Streamline Window Feeder as this introduces lots of particles and will keep the bream grubbing around, but don’t overdo it, a couple of casts then its back on the cage feeder.  Another small tip is if the swim slows up its worth unclipping, pulling a couple of feet of line of the reel before clipping up again. This little trick has worked wonders for me and often keeps the bream coming.

If you have a shallow lake, like Northlands Park near you, why not get the feeder rod out and give my approach a go, I’m sure you will be rewarded.

 

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browning black viper line clip

Always use the line clip on your reel to maintain the same distance every cast.

streamlined window feeder

Streamlined Window Feeders are great for introducing only a small amount of bait very accurately.

winter bream

Bream will feed right through the winter and are a great target on many still waters.

Filipe’s Stillwater bream feeder tackle

Sphere 11’ Feeder Rod

Black Viper MK FD Reel

0.18mm Cenex Feeder Mono Mainline

0.13mm or 0.15mm Cenex Fluoro Carbon Hook Length

Sphere CPF LS Barbless size 16 or 18 Hook

Big Pit Mini 15g Feeder

Streamline Window Feeder

Filipe’s Stillwater bream feeder bait

Champion’s Feeder Mix Quick Skimmer

Champion’s Feeder Mix Black Roach

2mm Coarse Pellets

Live/Dead Maggots

Pinkies

Casters

Corn


Sphere Pro-File Pole Rollers

This Sphere Pro-File Pole Rollers have been designed to adapt to all terrains.

Its big advantage is the removable legs which allow you to fish even with a steep bank behind you.

The ball bearing rollers are amazing and make shipping much faster and smoother.

The spirit level allows you to position it perfectly level.

The EVA angled upright rollers will hold the pole securely even in strong winds.

Two sizes of the Sphere Pro-File Pole Rollers are available.

A double model with a width of 60cm and a height ranging from 16cm to 92cm.

And the triple model with a width of 87cm for a height ranging from 16cm to 130cm.

A roller designed by fishermen for fishermen.

 

Hermann Tallonneau

 

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Xitan Microbore elastic 1

Xitan Microbore Elastic

For my heavier summer and autumn rigs, especially when I am expecting some decent hard-fighting carp, the Xitan Microbore Elastic really comes into its own. For rigs with a 0.14mm – 0.16mm hooklengths and hooks in the 14-16 range I go for the Blue / Pearl Microbore, which is rated 9-13 normal elastic. 

Despite being 30% thinner than normal hollow elastics, the Microbore retains a x7 stretch, meaning that I can run it through either one or two-piece kits, depending upon the size of the fish. Being thinner, Microbore is also a lot lighter than most hollow elastics, and you can really feel the difference when fishing long. 

If you are looking for a top-quality hollow elastic then do check out the Xitan Microbore Elastic. I think it offers some advantages over other elastics, it is also very long lasting, making it good value too. 

Jon Whincup

 

Microbore Specifications:

Lime Green – ⌀1.3mm – 3-5

Orange – ⌀1.5mm – 5-7

Pink – ⌀1.9mm – 7-9

Blue / Pearl – ⌀2.3mm – 9-13

Hunter Green – ⌀2.7mm – 13-17

Rocket Red – ⌀3mm – 17-21

 

 

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Xitan Microbore Elastic 1

Microbore Elastic covers a wide-range of different diameters.

Xitan Microbore Elastic 2

The small bore makes for a thinner, lighter elastic that deforms less when running through a bush.

Microbore elastic and bush

I use a Dacron Connector with Xitan Microbore Elastic.

Jon Whincup carp pole

The blue Microbore is perfect for hook lengths of 0.14mm – 0.16mm for summer carp rigs.


National Feeder Squad Qualifiers 2021

On the first weekend in November the annual qualification sessions for the feeder national team took place. This year the participants competed on the Lateral Canal in Horn, Holland. This navigable canal is between 4 and 5.5 m deep, is considered extremely fair, and offers anglers level fishing spots. Overall, teh canal has really excellent fishing conditions. Many thanks at this point, once again, to Thorsten Küsters, who liaised with the Dutch association. With the support of Frank Zocher, Peter König organised the qualifiers on the bank.

The aim of the national team qualifiers, is to spot anglers who might be eligible for participation in next year’s World Cup. In addition to the results of the anglers, emphasis is placed on their flexibility on the water, tactical knowledge, professionalism and teamwork. Social skills, in particular, are an important factor for a functioning team.

Here is a little insight into my preparation and experience in qualification rounds one to four.

Preparation

In preparation for the qualifiers, Thorsten Küsters organised a match on November 1st, in which over 40 anglers took part in the same section on the Lateral Canal.

Since I had never fished there before, I approached the competition with an open mind. I looked for the deepest point, which was at 24m, and cautiously fed some bloodworm and casters. The conditions, which were affected by the local lock activity, allowed fishing with a 30g Qpen end feeder. It quickly became apparent that there were not many fish to be caught on this line.

In the first half of the match I was able to catch six small bream and one perch on bloodworm and small worms. In the second half I was unable to catch a single fish. I wasn’t really satisfied with 850 grams in six hours. My neighbour to the right won our sector with 3.4 kg. He fished much more negatively, and further out than I did. With this experience in mind, I prepared my tackle for the four qualifying rounds accordingly.

Tackle

For fishing on the canal I needed rods for distances between 24m and 40 m, and for short range work at 10m and 15 m.

Here I decided on my specially developed Silverlite feeder rods in lengths of 3.15m and 3.50m. This range of rods is perfect for canal fishing because it has the necessary sensitivity to outsmart cautious fish with fine hooks and lines and to land them safely. The use of braid was necessary for better bite registration. So I took my Black Viper Compact reels loaded with 0.10mm Cenex Braid and 0.25mm Quantum Red Salsa as the leader line.

When it came to hooks, it was clear to me that small, lightweight hook models would be important. In addition, it is always important to use hooks that are as thin as possible when fishing bloodworm on the hook. Our Ultralite hooks from the Sphere Range in sizes 16 and 18 were ideal from my point of view, so I tied enough leaders with our 0.11mm Cenex Fluoro Carbon. 

The feed consisted of Champions Choice Feeder Mix Quick Skimmer and Black Roach in a ratio of 1 to 1.

Since I had already used a lot of my holidays for competing in the World Cup in France this year, I had no opportunity for further practice days with other anglers during the qualification week.

First round on Thursday

In the morning the sectors and fishing spots were drawn by lot. For this purpose, the 18 participants were divided into three sectors, with the anglers staying together in the respective sectors for all 4 days. Only the peg numbers were changed daily. Since I have been a member of the national team for ten years, I know very well that the first day is very important. I fished with great concentration at a distance of 32 m and tried to take into account my experience from the match on Monday. Hoping for some bonus fish, I knew a 2-3kg weight would mean a good placement. In the first two hours I was able to catch a few small bream again. From what I could see not many fish were being caught in my sector.

I was hoping for a bonus fish to really boost my weight. In the third hour I finally got a good bite and was able to catch a 600 gram skimmer on three large bloodworm. Since I didn’t get a single bite on the long line after that, I decided, just like my neighbour, to fish for small 30 grams roach amongst the stones close to the bank. Catching small fish kept me building my weight. In the end, the national coach weighed 1900 grams for me, which was enough to win the sector on day one. The perfect start!

Second round on Friday

Since I had seen the day before that the small fish close to the bank were a safe bet, I wanted to take less risk on day two. I reduced the fishing time on the 32m line and increased the fishing time close to the bank. In the first round there are many who had waited for a bonus fish and did not get one. I calculated that I could get around 3-4 kg of fish together just by concentrating on the small roach. In addition, tI could catch fish much faster close in than on the 30m lane because of the boat traffic. In total, I fished for small fish for three hours with large bloodworm. For two hours I tried to catch a bonus fish, again at 32 m, which unfortunately never came. I caught all the fish short and finished with 1980g, which was enough for second place in the sector. The first place winner beat me with 2200g including a large bonus perch. Overall, I was still satisfied!

Third round on Saturday

On day three I just wanted to fish the 6m lane and catch everything that came along. I didn’t want to waste valuable time on non-existent bonus fish like the day before. For some reason my plan didn’t work out because I hardly caught any fish in the stones. The number of bites was significantly worse than the two days before. In addition, an unexpectedly large number of bonus fish were caught in our sector. Florian Hinz caught a carp weighing 2kg and a 2kg bream. Two other anglers were also able to catch bonus fish weighing over a kilo. So I had to change my tactics and also fish the long 32m line, where all the big fish were caught. I didn’t find my way into the match and didn’t catch any bonus fish. With 1200 grams I was fourth in the sector and, of course, I wasn’t satisfied. Overall, a confusing day, it was completely different from all the days before.

The final day on Sunday

I decided to fish more courageously and to fish for bonus fish continuously on the long line. The day before gave me pause for thought and showed me that there were more bonus fish to catch than on days one and two. I fed some casters and jokers with our little Xenos Speed Feeder. In the course of the match I saw that the little roach had moved from the margins and into the deeper water. Fishing at 32m was not only suitable for the bonus fish, but also for the small fish too. All in all, this worked out very well for me. Regular recasting every two minutes ensured regular bites. With 2900 grams I won my sector again and finished the qualifiers as the winner of Sector C.

 

National team fishing is always very difficult and can get very intense. After all, it’s about being nominated for a World Cup. There is a great risk that conflicts and competitive behavior will arise, which can severely weaken a team. I therefore view the organisation of such events as rather critical. The trust placed in me by those responsible means many times more to me than the result of four days fishing, which can distort my annual performance and which take place in waters that often do not do justice to the World Cup waters. However, I accept the current regulations and have therefore always qualified for all of my six World Cup appearances.

Not only fishing for my nation, but also representing it internationally as a role model and sportsman has always been a great task and pleasure for me. It’s a mindset and isn’t just about technical and fishing skills. It’s about the team, about the flag on your chest.

The mental aspect cannot really be emulated by anyone who has not already sat on the bank for his nation. Keeping a cool head in the team structure and holding back emotions during the training week in the event of poor training results is not something everyone is born with. So far, all of the World Cup teams I have been allowed to fish in have been very professional. So it was always a pleasure. We have many good anglers in Germany and the selection of venerable sportsmen in the current national team is quite abundant. Great anglers who have already done a lot for our nation! Therefore, I am not worried that Germany will not be represented in the Ukraine in the best possible fishing and human terms in 2022.

 

Tight lines! 

Koschi


sphere 1m extender section 2

Sphere 1m Extender Section

There are times when you need to go the distance and fishing at the full length of my Sphere Zero-G F1+ just isn’t long enough. This is where the Sphere 1m Extender Section comes into play as it fit both the 14.5m and 16m sections of my Sphere Zero-G F1+ allowing me to extend the pole on those rare occasions to a range of different lengths right up to 17m and continue to catch.

 It’s one of those accessories that doesn’t always come into play but when it does its invaluable. 

 

Technical Specification:

Length: 1.00m

Weight: 225g

 

Alex Reynolds

 

 

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sphere 1m extender section

if you own a Sphere pole then the Extender Section is a really useful addition.

sphere 1m extender section 3

The Sphere 1m Extender Section fits both the 14.5m and 16m sections of my pole.

sphere 1m extender section 4

The built in EVA skid bung is a nice touch that protects the section.


Xitan Roller & Accessory Bag

The Xitan Roller & Accessory Bag is designed using very high quality materials. Robust, durable and waterproof, it is a great choice for the committed match angler.

The large main compartment, with its wrap-around zip makes accessing the inside of the bag really easy.

Two models are available. I use the larger mode, which can hold all of the gear I need for a match or pleasure session. I store my kit supports, pole rollers, and my feeder support arm in this bag, along with much more …

The Xitan range has a hard-wearing and practical design that I really like.

Hermann Tallonneau


Streamline Window Feeder

Streamline Window Feeder

When Browning first bought out their innovative original Window Feeders they were the answer to my question when wanting to top a swim up and keep a shoal of hungry bream grubbing around. The original Classic, UKWF and CWF feeders were all brilliant yet after extensive development these new Streamline Window Feeders are simply outstanding and have to be the most efficient feeder design available. 

Tube shaped and with a solid cap these cast and retrieve like nothing before. Greater distances can now be achieved but more importantly, when going the distance, accuracy can be assured even in a side wind. The larger window and new lead fixing without centre bar ensures this feeder lands correctly allowing the contents to empty quicker and cleaner every time, great when I need to top my swim up with particles such as casters, chopped worms and maggots in order to keep the shoal in my swim for longer. I like to give the contents within a slight smearing of groundbait across the window, just to ensure every little morsel hits the spot.

 

The Streamline Window Feeder is available in three sizes –

Small – 42mm x 20mm, 15g, 20g & 30g 

Medium – 47.5mm x 23mm, 20g, 35g & 50g 

Large – 55mm x 28mm, 20g, 35g, 50g & 70g

Filipe Passeira

 

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Window Feeders cast very well, and are ideal when you need to be really accurate.

You can load Window Feeders with a wide range of different baits. I find maggots and chopped worm particularly effective.

bream feeder fishing

When conditions are tough and you need to be really accurate reach for the Window Feeder.