Tag: roach

All ages can fish together

Hedley and his grandson Sebbie came along for a coarse fishing lesson. Hedley used to fish matches back in the 70s, whereas Sebbie was a complete beginner (one of many youngsters inspired to try fishing by TV programs such as Chasing Monsters).

They were soon in action with the whips:

Grandad fishing
Grandson fishing

The roach were being very finicky and there were many missed bites and some quiet spells, but they caught a few:

Roach for grandad
Sebbie's roach

Sebbie learned to cast with a rod and reel and managed one roach on this method:

Sebbie fishing with rod and reel

He then went back to the whip for more roach and this nice perch:

Sebbie's perch

Hedley was finding angling to be just as enjoyable as it ever was, even after a 40 year layoff:

Hedley fishing

In the afternoon I was joined by Sam and his son Hector, back for another session after trying fishing for the first time with me back in May.

The fishing was even slower now and after a while Hector asked if we could try the river. It turned out to be a good idea. He had bites straight away from minnows:

Hector's minnow

Then he had some chub and dace:

Small chub
Small dace

Towards the end he caught a cracking dace (no picture unfortunately) and a decent roach:

Hector's roach
Roach

Sam had been a bystander so far, but had a quick go with the whip and immediately had a dace (not as big as Hector’s, I should point out!):

Sam's dace

It was going to be Hector’s birthday the next day. I understood from Sam that a set of fishing tackle was the main present this enthusiastic young angler was going to receive.

It had been great seeing the different generations enjoying fishing together.

Sam and Hector fishing

First time fishing

Charlie came along with his dad Derek to try fishing for the first time. He had seen people fishing on his local canal and thought it looked like fun.

One of the first things he learned was how to bait the hook with a maggot. Not as easy as it looks and requires patience:

Baiting the hook

Once that was accomplished, the fish proved obliging. Here is Charlie with his first ever fish, a roach:

Charlie's roach

(I like the digital watch and Space Invaders tee shirt – that technology was brand new when I was his age!)

While Charlie fished, Derek was more interested in the FT:

Father and son fishing
Whip fishing

The roach is a fish that keeps your grey matter ticking over. We were getting plenty of bites but only connecting with a small proportion of them. To keep on catching, Charlie had to experiment with his fishing depth and the timing of his strike:

Roach on the whip

Next job was learning to use rod and reel:

Learning to use rod and reel

Then it was time to try the waggler rig. As usual, this proved tricky at first, with many stray casts, missed bites and lost fish. When Charlie eventually brought in a roach, it was evidence that his fishing skills were improving:

Roach on waggler

A family fishing day

TJ and son Gideon fished with me in the autumn when they caught roach and perch. The rest of the family wanted a go, so now they were back with TJ’s wife Narisa and other son Daniel.

The fishing was a little slow in cool conditions before the session, but the few roach I did get were a good size – around 6oz or so. Well worth catching. This pattern continued as the lesson got underway and we had to wait for the bites. The fish seemed to be avoiding Daniel at first, but his patience was rewarded with a nice roach:

His first fish

We looked at how to use the disgorger to unhook a fish when the hook is inside its mouth. It can be tricky to get the hang of, so when Narisa and Gideon managed it for the first time, they were pleased:

Success with the disgorger

We chucked out a method swimfeeder for TJ and Gideon to use while I helped Daniel and Narisa learn to cast. Soon excited shouts told me they had hooked a fish – a bream:

TJ's family with a bream

Gideon was soon reeling in another:

Gideon's bream
Family fishing

It was good to see TJ and his family enjoying their time by the water.

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