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Dream river trip with SIX 2 lb roach!

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ROACH catches from rivers rarely come as impressive as this…

Mark Doherty shows the biggest fish of his River Wye roach haul.
Mark Doherty shows the biggest fish of his River Wye roach haul.

Mark Doherty went in search of River Wye roach and enjoyed the redfin session of his dreams.

He broke the 2 lb roach barrier from a river for the first time.

And he did it with six redfins over the magic barrier in an amazing haul.

Mark had River Wye roach of 2 lb 12 oz, 2 lb 11 oz, 2 lb 3 oz, 2 lb 2 oz, 2 lb 1 oz and 2 lb.

They came from a stretch of the Wye in Herefordshire, where he added four others from 1 lb 11 oz to 1 lb 1 oz.

Mark explained: “All were caught on the block-end feeder filled with 4 mm halibut pellets and a 6 mm pellet on a 4 ft hook length.

“I’ve never had a river 2 lb roach before so over the moon to catch six roach for 13 lb 13 oz.

“I also had ten barbel to 8 lb 10 oz and two chub both over 3 lb.

“I can’t thank Daz Bird enough for his quality pellets at Monster Baits And Dips,” added Mark.

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Biggest bream of 2019 – here it is, caught by a teenager

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The heaviest bream of 2019 fell to a young angler at a club water in the south of England.

This 19 lb specimen was the biggest bream reported to Angler's Mail in 2019.
This 19 lb specimen was the biggest bream reported to Angler’s Mail in 2019.

Billy Saunders had a shock on a carp trip when he tempted the year’s biggest bream.

The Poole, Dorset-based 18-year-old doubled his personal best with a 16-pounder. He soon went on to catch then caught an even bigger 19 lb giant.

Billy, a bricklayer at college, took the astonishing catch from his local Longham Reservoir.

The 25-acre Ringwood DAA venue, that is also fishable on day tickets, is more noted for big pike and carp.

But Billy’s catch is not a total one-off as the water is known to hold double-figure bream.

Billy explained: “My biggest bream before was about 8 lb so this was a bit of a surprise.

“First I had a lovely 16 lb bream which was then followed by the 19-pounder.

“The 19 lb bream fought just like a carp, giving a great account of itself.

“I was using home-made boilies from my own recipe just on a normal braided hair rig fishing the margin.”

Billy admires his 16 lb bream before - not knowing he was about to catch the biggest bream of 2019!

Billy admires his 16 lb bream before – not knowing he was about to catch the biggest bream of 2019!

What’s the biggest bream in Longham?

Billy told Angler’s Mail: “I’d seen some really big bream a few years back so I knew they were in there.

“I can’t believe these are the biggest bream in the lake so there could well be a 20 and I’d love to catch one. I strongly believe they are in there,” added Billy.

Billy’s catch was the biggest bream reported to Angler’s Mail magazine during 2019.

And now all eyes are on the water if it can get close to the 22 lb 11 oz official British record.

That record fish was caught by Scot Crook from Ferry Lagoon in Cambridgeshire back in 2012, and still stands at the top of the list.

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River roach fishing tips with Duncan Charman

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This special online feature comes from Duncan Charman, as he takes a look at how to catch big roach. He mainly covers small rivers but there is top advice for all sorts of running waters, especially during the cooler months.

Duncan Charman shares top tips for river roach fishing in this article.
Duncan Charman shares top tips for river roach fishing in this article.

YOU have to present your bait as near to perfectly as possible when you’re river roach fishing.

If there is one thing that I have learnt over the many years or targeting specimen roach on small rivers, it’s this detail.

Poor presentation and clumsiness is just a recipe for disaster as roach. Redfins that have been around for some time are not stupid.

In fact, they can drive an angler to distraction as they suck in a single maggot… and blow it out again, in just a split second.

At times, if they do this, you can classify yourself as a lucky angler!

Keep an eye on the weather!

There are ways however to increase your chances of regular success with your river fishing efforts.

This very much involves keeping an eye on the weather and arriving just after some rainfall, a time when it will be carrying some colour.

This may seem easy but it’s far from it as roach prefer a river that’s fining down with the colour slowly decreasing from it.

Big roach on the float and centrepin. It doesn’t get much better.

Big roach on the float and centrepin. It doesn’t get much better.

Knowing just how your local river acts, and timing your arrival correctly is imperative to success and only comes from frequent visits and then experience.

Get it right and some remarkable catches can be taken as every roach in the river seems to drop its guard.

These red-letter days are rare, very rare. Most times you will be left scratching your head and returning home a frustrated, yet hopefully more determined angler!

Choosing the right bait

Rarely does an angler have the luxury of using maggots as often small fish will intercept these first and spook the roach. But it’s always worth having a few just in case.

Bread is without a doubt the best roach bait.

And it’s worth remembering that if you do take maggots, never start a session by using them.

Only fall back on maggots if bread doesn’t work, which is rare if they are hungry!

I have had occasions when both maggots and bread attract other more aggressive species. In these instances, which again are rare, it’s worth trying sweetcorn.

Bread, sweetcorn and maggots – all bases covered along with a few small deadbaits and pike tackle just in case predators become a problem.

Bread, sweetcorn and maggots – all bases covered along with a few small deadbaits and pike tackle just in case predators become a problem.

If you are loose feeding maggots or corn then watch where the flow takes these.

Corn will fall quite quickly, yet maggots can get swept down in the current. They’ll then take all the fish with them – so always feed little and often and watch what’s happening.

If you’re using bread then feeding liquidised bread is best, finely ground with the crusts removed.

Watching what happens to this is easy, however it’s worth mixing some water into this and creating a slop if needed to get it down quickly.

It’s also worth tacking a small selection of pike tackle and deadbaits as pike aren’t that far away from a shoal of roach.

Its worth adding a little hemp as well as the water from this to create a slop that sinks quicker.

Its worth adding a little hemp as well as the water from this to create a slop that sinks quicker.

The best way to present a bait

Small rivers really do lend themselves to float fishing.

The best type of float is a stick float and if you are looking for the best possible presentation then it’s worth investing in a centrepin.

They do take some getting use too, but once perfected, believe me you will never look back as they allow a bait to be guided down the river at the same pace as the flow.

Centrepins come at all costs but I have been using an Okuma Aventa for years, far from expensive yet brilliant and reliable.

If you know where the roach live then it’s important that you don’t stand right on top of them.

Stealth plays a massive part in catching big river roach. Position yourself upstream and try to long-trot a float. Again, this is an art in itself and something that comes with practice.

By positioning yourself upstream also makes float choose difficult as you need a float that will control the swim, be seen from some distance, and yet still be sensitive enough to show up bites.

Fortunately bites when you are river roach fishing, especially when using bread, are far from sensitive.

Usually a small dip is followed by a much bolder dip in which the float just disappears.

However this doesn’t mean shotting the float incorrectly and having far too much tip showing as they will feel the resistance.

Stealth is vital when float fishing. Position yourself upstream and trot the float down to the roach.

Stealth is vital when float fishing. Position yourself upstream and trot the float down to the roach.

There are two main ways to shot a float and this is dependent on the river condition.

If it’s fining down, faster than normal and coloured then you will need to get the bait down to the bottom quickly. This is achieved by using a bulk and two droppers.

This simply means placing the bulk of the shot to cock the float around a foot from the hook. Then add two smaller shot equally spaced from this to the hook.

If the water is running clear then I prefer to use what’s known as a shirt-button style of shotting for my river roach fishing.

This simply means placing shot at equal intervals from float to hook and decreasing the size of shot as you get nearer the hook.

Stick floats come in all shapes and sizes. Try and select one that’s sensitive to show up bites, visual enough to be seen at distance yet big enough to control the flow.

Stick floats come in all shapes and sizes. Try and select one that’s sensitive to show up bites, visual enough to be seen at distance yet big enough to control the flow.

Another area that’s overlooked in river roach fishing is knowing at what depth to set the float.

Roach rarely stray far from the bottom so this is where the bait needs to be placed.

The best way to find the depth is to run the float through the swim several times, without any bait. Deepen it all the time until the hook gets caught on the bottom.

It’s then simply a case of decreasing the depth by an inch or two.

Balanced tackle for river roach fishing

Roach have very delicate mouths and the wrong set up will only result in the hook being pulled and a lost fish.

I have often used a Preston Innovations Carbonactive 13ft Match rod for all my river roach float fishing.

There are similar designs from other manufacturers that are extremely responsive.

I also like some backbone in a river roach fishing rod to help subdue my quarry.

Unfortunately a high class piece of kit does, as usual, come at a cost but it’s worth the investment as it will last you a lifetime.

Sharp wide gape hooks are best.

Sharp wide gape hooks are best.

I’ve already mentioned the reel which is loaded with 4 lb  line, one that has very little stretch so connecting with bites at long range is greatly increased.

Hooklink will always be lighter than the main and I love 3.6lb Reflo with a wide gape size 14 barbless hook at the business end.

Timing your arrival

River conditions play a massive part in  river roach fishing.

However sometimes it’s difficult to work around these conditions. We often have to go out fishing when we have the spare time, not when fish will definitely be ‘having it.’

Another way to massively increase your chances of catching is to base your river roach fishing times around low light, dusk and dawn.

You can increase your chances by targeting roach at dawn and dusk.

You can increase your chances by targeting roach at dawn and dusk.

Even when the rivers carrying colour, roach still know when these periods have arrived.

However once the suns up or darkness has fallen the roach just seem to disappear.

It’s also worth remembering that roach, those in big powerful river, tend to head into smaller tributaries.

They’ll hang out there especially in flood conditions or to get away from cormorant and pike predation.

Never ignore these small sidestreams as sometimes they can be absolutely full of fish!

Enjoy the challenge but be prepared to be frustrated, it’s all part of the fun!

Get the conditions correct on small rivers and great catches like this bag of chub, roach and dace can be taken.

Get the conditions correct on small rivers and great catches like this bag of chub, roach and dace can be taken.

Duncan Charman is sponsored by Nash and has his own website www.duncancharman.co.uk He regularly contributes a Where to Fish guide for his region to top weekly magazine, Angler’s Mail.

He is also an angling guide and can be booked on a daily basis for most species including carp, pike, perch, catfish, barbel, bream, crucians, roach, rudd, grayling and tench. For info/prices email duncancharman@me.com

He’s also written a book called Evolution of an Angler which is available from www.calmproductions.com

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River pollution hell… now it’s time to pay up

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AFTER a tiring six-year struggle, a highly respected angling club finally won compensation to restock after a pollution back in 2013.

River pollution scene - Mail correspondent Tom Legge fishes at Baits Bite on the River Cam.
River pollution scene – Mail correspondent Tom Legge fishes at Baits Bite on the River Cam.

Cambridge FPAS netted the river pollution result it was seeking to boost a stretch of  Cam that was affected by the actions of Anglian Water.

The bloated utility firm had a failure at its sewage treatment works at Milton, in Cambridge, which led to the deaths of hundreds of River Cam fish.

The company had previously accepted responsibility for causing the fish deaths in the river pollution.

It agreed to pay compensation of £6,650 for loss of amenity and loss of income from match fishing.

They have coughed up that amount, but the trial ruling means that they must now pay nearly £3,000 more.

Unfortunately for the club, Anglian Water may appeal against that modest extra sum.

The Environment Agency initially cleared up the river pollution, but chose not to prosecute Anglian Water, leaving it to the anglers and Fish Legal to fight for compensation.

River pollution facts behind Cam struggle

A spokesman for Fish Legal said: “Cambridge FPAS, is a member of Fish Legal, and leases the fishing on the river downstream of the Milton works.

“Anglian Water operates under a licence that allows up to 5 mg/l of ammonia to be discharged into the river, but the discharge reached 19 mg/l.

“254 fish are known to have been killed, many of them were sizeable bream.

“Since the pollution they have reported long-term damage, particularly at Baits Bite Lock, where big bream had been caught in the past, but numbers have since declined.

“After drawn-out arguments with the water company, Fish Legal issued the case at Court on behalf of its member.

“Anglian Water admitted that it was to blame for the fish deaths and agreed to pay the angling club damages for the loss of amenity and loss of income from match fishing.

“They disputed whether the anglers were entitled to claim for restocking to help the fishery recover, but the trial judge has ruled that the club is entitled to recover compensation for restocking.

“Unfortunately, it may not all be over, as Anglian Water, which had operating profits of £336.6 million last year, has indicated that it wishes to appeal the decision, although they were refused leave to do so by the trial judge,” he concluded.

Club in tiring river pollution battle

Cambridge FPAS president Graham Tweed told the Mail: “Together with Fish Legal, we have battled to hold Anglian Water to account for killing hundreds of mature fish on the River Cam. We are delighted the court has ruled in our favour.

“Because the case might be subject to appeal, I don’t want to say anything more about the details at this stage, but we were left to fight for ourselves after the EA decided not to prosecute Anglian Water after they paid for the costs of the clean up.

“I would stress how important it is for angling clubs and individuals to be members of the Angling Trust and Fish Legal.

“Without their assistance we could never have achieved this result.

“Even with it, the toll has been enormous, with us having to fight every inch of the way.

“The total awarded isn’t huge, but Anglian Water has decided for whatever reason to make it as difficult as possible for us to obtain the compensation for what we are rightfully due.”

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Huge river pike will hit 30 lb soon

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RIVER pike ace Leigh Laffar was thrilled with this stunning 28 lb PB – but thinks she might hit the magic 30 lb barrier at the end of the winter.

The 32-year-old engineer from Warwickshire explained: “I caught her during the floods, fishing a slack under a road bridge on a float fished half-herring.

“I had prebaited the areas over September with chopped sprats and thought with the floods the chance had gone.

“I landed a 23 lb 8 oz fish upstream the week before where I baited up and then this 28 lb beauty a week later, both bites coming late on in my sessions.

“Sorry I have to be secretive over the location but I’ve had so many messages asking what stretch and everything else.

“She will be a 30-pounder come March and I want to protect this fish from being bombarded as it is a very special one,” added Leigh.

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Beat the stress in your life through fishing

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ANGLING’S huge benefits in reducing human stress and improving mental health problems have come to the fore.

Marina Gibson has been amongst the growing number of influential people explaining how fishing can improve lives, and reduce stress.
Marina Gibson has been amongst the growing number of influential people explaining how fishing can improve lives, and reduce stress.

Stress beating qualities of being by the water fishing have come more to the public’s attention in the past year.

Most notably, the hugely-popular BBC TV series, Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, has shown other sides to angling.

So much so, that a third series starring Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse is being filmed and edited.

Both popular comedians have used fishing to combat heart and stress issues, boosting their health and well-being.

More non-anglers are now, finally, understanding how relaxing it can be to be by the water, fishing.

There has also been pioneering work  with groups of individuals with mental health or stress issues, including some armed forces veterans being taken out fishing.

But there is still much work to be done, and funding that is badly needed, as Angler’s Mail has been finding out…

Mortimer and Whitehouse are back with their winning formula. Pic: Owl Power.

Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse have proved a huge hit on TV. They have profiled the many benefits of angling in a new light… to new audiences.

Stress Awareness work

Top female angler Marina Gibson showcased the powers of fishing to combat stress to mark the recent International Stress Awareness Week.

The fly fishing guide, who has experienced sexism while fishing, taught aspiring anglers at London’s Syon Park.

Marina was keen to replay the benefits everyone – male or female, young or old – can get from particpating in the sport.

Marina, founder of the Northern Fishing School, said: “Fishing has long been heralded as a great source of therapy and it demonstrates how fishing or anything meditative allows you to step away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

“It clears your mind by focusing on the beautiful surroundings as well as the art and technique of exercise and keeping your mind busy with an art form.

“It was a real privilege to host these fabulous people at Syon Park, which will always hold a special place in my heart.

“When I was living in London and found the stresses of everyday life all too much, I found this safe haven within the city at Syon Park.

“It allowed me to escape stress-filled environments and recuperate within a tranquil setting,” added Marina.

There was a strong female presence at the event, with Marina having long advocated for more women to get into the sport. She was inspired herself to take up fishing by her mother.

Fishing without stress - action at the park lake event.

Fishing without stress – action at the park lake event.

Mental health benefits – the future

Clive Copeland, head of participation at the Angling Trust, has also been explaining how lives can be changed for the better through fishing.

Clive told Angler’s Mail: “We are acutely aware of how beneficial angling can be for helping people with mental health difficulties, but it is quite hard to be able to produce hard evidence to convince funders to pay for projects.

“The Environment Agency’s 25 year strategy for angling has a detailed chapter about its commitment to this.

“Three years ago we helped set up a pilot project with Derbyshire Healthcare and Earl of Hartington AC called Angling 4 Health that helped people with mental health problems.

“We had hoped at the time that we might be able to roll it out as a national programme but sadly the funding wasn’t available at the time.

“We are also currently working with a new charity in Hampshire which is hoping to help mental health patients through fishing.

“We did a major survey of 9,000 anglers recently and one of the findings was that 34 per cent of them already have long-term health issues.

“This shows how much mileage there is in promoting the beneficial benefits of angling,” Clive concluded.

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All fishing weights made of lead to be banned?

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THE use of lead in fishing could be coming to an end after moves being made in Europe.

Even coated fishing wights made of lead could be on the way out across much of Europe.
Even coated fishing wights made of lead could be on the way out across much of Europe.

The European Union is consulting over the use of lead in fishing weights, and is expected to bring in legislation in the next few years to ban it.

They asked the European Chemicals Agency to conduct a review, and that ends on December 16.

Britain banned No.6 split shot up to 1 oz fishing weights made of lead 31 years ago.

But heavier lead fishing weights and tiny dust shot of No.8 and under are legally used.

Denmark, Holland and Sweden also have some form of lead ban or restriction in force.

Simon Pomeroy, who runs Pallatrax, a company that makes eco-friendly Stonze fishing weights, welcomed the news.

But many users of lead, in all its forms as fishing weights, will be dismayed.

The expected European ban of all lead in fishing will not apply to Britain if it finally exits the European Union.

That will then beg the question: will the Environment Agency follow suit if Brussels bans lead?

Simon Pomeroy has long been a leading advocate of lead-free fishing weights.

Simon Pomeroy has long been a leading advocate of lead-free fishing weights.

Devon-based Simon commented: “I was delighted to hear about this development, and it looks as if the writing is now on the wall for the use of lead products in fishing.

“A recent report to the EU stated that two million birds a year die each year due to the ingestion of lead, and the effects of lead on human health are well documented.

“Lead is a toxic substance that has been banned for a long time in products such as paint, petrol and children’s toys, yet its use in fishing has continued largely unabated.

“It was partially banned here, and we all coped with that transition, with other products being developed.”

Lead fishing weights ‘increasing’

Simon continued: “The amount of lead still entering our fishing waters has unfortunately been growing, mainly due to carp anglers using terminal tackle that deliberately drops the lead on a take, adding to all those leads that are lost accidentally.

“I know for a fact that one top carper recently dropped 60 lead weights in one session.

“Some manufacturers have covered their lead weights in plastic, but given the concerns about the level of plastic entering our rivers and seas, it only adds to pollution problems.

“Concern about the environment and wildlife is at an all-time high, with the emergence of the Extinction Rebellion movement, so the time is ripe for change.

“Although any European legislation is likely to come after we have finally left the EU, I would hope and trust that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) would ensure that we follow suit,” Simon concluded.

Non-toxic fishing weights

Jan Kappel, public affairs officer for the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association, said: “All lead alternatives are more expensive, and there are additional costs in the manufacturing process.

“There will be a cost implication to a lead ban, but EFTTA has recommended in the past that the industry starts to voluntarily phase out all lead weights heavier than 0.06 grams, to prepare in good time for future legislation.”

The angling trade can give their views on the European Chemicals Agency website.

A DEFRA spokesperson said: “We can’t comment on any EU ruling in the future.”

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Review: Octbox D25 Two-Drawer Seat Box and Lithium Powered Wheel Kit

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The Octbox D25 Two-Drawer Seat Box and Lithium Powered Wheel Kit comes under the beady eye of Angler’s Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He’s the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week.

Description: top-end seatbox and electric barrow.

Seatbox specifications: constructed from ultra-strong and ultra-light alloy; 230 welds provide a rock-solid system; weighs 13 kg; supplied with two alloy drawers, one is 4 cm deep with three removable foam-lined alloy trays, the other is 2 cm deep with removable and adjustable drawer dividers; other drawer configurations are available; footplate; extending tool bar with connectors for three keepnets; height adjustable frame with spirit levels; six D25 legs; alloy feet with maximum grip, leg choices are 30-50 cm for level banks, 50-90 cm for rivers and natural venues; box can support a weight in excess of 1,500 kg; padded seat; adjustable and removable butt rest; sockets have been built to allow the seatbox to be converted into a four-wheel barrow in under a minute; extending tool bar allows accessories to be moved a further 45 cm away from your feet, giving you more room; moving the pole support further out can reduce the pressure on an angler’s elbow by up to 30 per cent.

Upgraded Lithium Powered Wheel Kit specifications: converts the seatbox into a four-wheel powered barrow in about a minute; powered by a Lithium 16AH 12 V battery; rear module allows two height-adjustable handles and wheels to be fitted into the rear of the Octbox; front module fits a motorised wheel kit into the front of the seatbox footplate; new MK19 powered unit is totally bespoke; 60:1 gear ratio produces a high amount of torque, ensuring the barrow can handle loads of any size when coupled with the large, high-grip wheels; high ground clearance.

My verdict: always looking to improve and upgrade when they can, even if it means putting in a lot of hard work, Octbox look to have cracked any electric barrow conundrums.

This refined design comes with more ground clearance, grip and overall torque. Instead of having to give it a nudge to help it along sloping ground when it is fully loaded, this design will pull away unassisted, partly thanks to a new worm gearbox and lower gearing.

The thinner wheels grip more, in fact Octbox report that every part of the new barrow is bespoke and that anglers will feel the benefit of each one. They’ve designed and manufactured every part, including the wheels, from scratch.

I hear that similar systems relying on components from the golf industry struggle in certain situations, especially when fully loaded. Tricky terrain can also be an issue for some barrows, as they often ‘bottom out’.

There are four connection points on this design, the rear wheel kit module attaching to the seatbox. It’s expected that a lot of customers are likely to buy the box and wheel kit as one package, costing just under £1,100, recognising that it is good value for the level of engineering involved.

Octbox report that the D25 is lighter than 90 per cent of other systems on the market, which I am sure will appeal to match anglers.

It can also be converted in just 60 seconds into an electric barrow that can be balanced and steered with one hand to your swim, which I reckon is quite a plus point.

If you already have an Octbox and want to buy only the front and rear powered barrow modules, I’ve been informed that they will fit any Octbox seatbox made after 2013.

As well as a massive range of optional extras, a third bearing has also been added to the front axle of the powered wheel kit, giving it additional support. This Power Kit upgrade is free if you already have one of the powered wheel kits.

Find out more by visiting www.octbox.co.uk

Prices: £1,095; Barrow only £625.

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Review: Rapala Countdown Lures

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The Rapala Countdown Lures come under the beady eye of Angler’s Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He’s the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week.

Description: sinking lures for searching for predators in different depths.

Specifications: 3 cm (4 g), 5 cm (5 g), 7 cm (8 g), 9 cm,(12 g) and 11 cm (16 g) lures; diving depths from 0.3-0.9 m for the smallest, through to 2.7-3.9 m for the largest; weighted balsa construction; wide range of finishes; VMC Black Nickel hooks; hand-tuned and tank-tested.

My verdict: a lot of lures sink at 1 ft per second, so if you cast one out into a 10 ft-deep swim and let it sink for five seconds, you can then start to retrieve it in mid-water. If you start retrieving after nine seconds, the lure is likely to be just above the bottom, and so forth and so on.

It is called the ‘countdown method’, and with one of these lures you can search the entire water column, from top to bottom. Once you’ve had a couple of trial casts, to gauge how long it takes for your lure to hit the bottom, you’ll be ready to search the water in front of you.

This range of lures allows you to ‘match the hatch’ (imitate prey fish) as well as offering an ‘in your face’ design, both intended to trigger a response.

Retrieve or troll them steadily to make them swim in a ‘tight wobble’ fashion, or you can twitch and pause them to make them move more erratically, both having a proven record of provoking a predator to strike.

The finish and detail on these lures is second to none, right down to the pectoral fins on some of the patterns.

The VMC Black Nickel trebles are light, sharp and strong. Simply put, these are quality lures that will attract all kinds of predators, including perch, chub and pike.

Prices: £7.95-£10.45.

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