FAREWELL SONY HANDYCAM, BUT THE SHOW GOES ON (Stillwater roach) – Blog entry 574

Following the recent death of my camcorder, due to it being immersed in water, initially my thoughts were to knock my videos on the head. However, as I need to do some filming in other areas of my life, such as church sermons etc, I took the plunge (not in the same way as my camcorder did though) and invested in a new JVC. Actually it’s HD so the quality is noticeable. So although it’s farewell to my old friend, Sony Handycam, the show goes on.

Flavouring hemp with CSL
Flavouring hemp with CSL

With so many species, venues and methods competing for my time, this week I decided to target roach. When I grew up they were probably the number one fish for many anglers, of course nowadays that affection has been replaced by carp. Although ‘bags of silvers’ still feature in the mind of the matchman, it’s more likely to be a netfull of F1s that capture his imagination. However for me, and it’s just my personal opinion, give me a nice plump redfin any day.

One of many quality roach this week
One of many quality roach this week

As you can see at the start of the video, my bait preparation revolved around hemp. Boiled until the seeds begin to split and the inner white shows, I then added corn steep liquor to give some flavour, finally mixing in some corn. My hookbait was also corn, but soaked in tutti frutti dip.  The rig was simple – 4lb line straight through to a size 10 Drennan Super Specialist hook. The hook length was created by a small shot and a 5mm bead.

The sunsets but the fish kept feeding
The sun sets and the fish kept feeding

I managed to get in a number of sessions after roach, all short and very enjoyable. The lack of finesse in my rig and approach meant that I didn’t catch an endless stream of small fish, but all the ones I did get were a decent enough size. That suits me as my fishing, by choice, is geared more to quality than quantity. Above all though I thoroughly enjoy it and that’s what really counts.

A beautiful tinge on this roach
A beautiful tinge on this roach

One of my main ‘problems’ though is fitting in everything that I want to do, although on this occasion I have no doubt that I will be back for more of the same not too long into the future. I’m sure I’ll get people asking me where the venue is, but as always, I take a cautious approach in revealing venues, and I advise others to do the same. For obvious reasons. Not necessarily negative, just obvious.

A brace of roach to end the blog with
A brace of roach to end the blog with

Next week I’m after barbel, it seems ages now since I was sat by flowing water on midnight as June 16 kicked in. if you want to follow my angling adventures on a more regular basis then make sure you like my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter. If you’re out fishing yourself this week – tight lines and enjoy. (Published July 12 2014)