How to catch big fish from rivers on the pole

Rob Wootton shows how he sorts out quality samples on running water

How to catch big fish from rivers on the pole

by Angling Times |

CATCHING tench, barbel, chub, perch, big eels and even carp from rivers has never been easier than it is today.

Match results on venues such as the Warwickshire Avon at Evesham and my local River Soar confirm what an impact big fish are now making.

On many of these waters chopped worm has become a must-have tactic in your approach, catching every fish that swims in rivers. It has the knack of picking out the better fish while still allowing you to catch the smaller ones.

Big river perch can be great weight-builders
Big river perch can be great weight-builders

Here's six of my best tips for this devastating tactic...

Start with Dendras

For perch I’ll begin feeding with a couple of small bait droppers of roughly-chopped dendra worms – no casters.

Start with Dendras
Start with Dendras

Fish worm halves

My top offering on a size 14 hook is two halves of dendra, much easier for a perch to engulf than a whole one.

Fish worm halves
Fish worm halves

Fish sensible lines

Middy Lo-Viz in 0.14mm goes on my heavier worm rig, 0.12mm with an 0.10mm hooklength for caster fishing.

Fish sensible lines
Fish sensible lines

Choice of floats

I’ll start on a 1.5g float, changing to a 0.8g rig with a more refined shotting pattern when bites slow down.

Choice of floats
Choice of floats

Get on the casters!

When bites fade, I’ll loosefeed casters and fish two on the hook on the lighter rig, giving me the chance of some roach.

Get on the casters!
Get on the casters!

Fish close to cover

My target area is a clear area at the bottom of the near slope in the main depth of the river at around 5m to 6m out.

Fish close to cover
Fish close to cover
Loosefeeding casters will bring the perch back and also appeal to big roach, tench, bream and chub
Loosefeeding casters will bring the perch back and also appeal to big roach, tench, bream and chub
Worms and casters sort out the better fish
Worms and casters sort out the better fish
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