With a bit of experience you will soon distinguish between the feeder moving and a bite. Once the setup has been finalised and the ground bait mix perfected, it’s time for the hard work to begin. With time, the worthiness of the considerable and meticulous effort of searching for likely hot spots, studying maps, planning, prepping, casting, re-baiting and recasting will eventually be realised as stunning little slabs of silver, edged with flashes of scarlet cross our net cast after cast. With the net in the water, the 'bagged' rocks hold it relatively securely in place. Firstly, Loch Lomond is a loch of contrasts and this is portrayed beautifully in the breath-taking surroundings. This hook will house any bait I want to try and is extremely sharp, and perfect when you want the fish to hook themselves on the bite. Follow my tips and you won’t go far wrong, wherever you may choose to fish. Just make sure you have an escape-proof lid on your bait tub! Having filmed roach ‘feeding’ on hemp I am sure that they spit most of it out because of the hard shell. Alternatively, I often remove the need for a swivel and have the feeder, with a small bead either side, running on 20 – 30cm loop tied along the mainline above the hook link. For river roaching a piece of flake and a feeder filled with liquidised crumb is often my opening gambit. Looking at the flow, I am sat just below an inside bend, which is pushing the flow across to the nearside bank, so the fastest current is almost a third out into the river. Job done! H Bauer Publishing are authorised and regulated for credit broking by the FCA (Ref No. 5) With the link ready to go, I then thread it on to the mainline or shockleader and add a small line stop or feeder bead below. In my experience, though, 1.5ins is the perfect length. Bream will take their time and can swallow a bait, only moving off once they realised that they've been hooked, or after they have taken a bait and moved off to find more food. Roach on the other hand are faster moving, darting around the feed and picking at a bait rather than swallowing it. If you haven’t got on to my feeder link yet, here’s how to tie it… it’s not difficult. Keep up to date with my latest posts, news and product info by email. This will limit air resistance during the cast, water resistance as the feeder is settling and wind resistance which may make bites hard to identify. Seasons. Company Number: LP003328 Registered Office: Academic House, 24-28 Oval Road, London, NW1 7DT. I also like to feed an area that will hold a shoal of fish, rather than a tight spot that might keep less fish over the baited area. A 50-50 mix is a good starting point, with four tangerine-sized balls introduced at the start of a session to kick-start the swim. In more recent times the loch’s popularity as a Pike and Predator venue has exploded with Pike to over 40lbs being taken in the last few years and Perch to threaten the records must surely be lurking in the depths. Registered Office: Media House, Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, PE2 6EA H Bauer Publishing, Roach pick up a bait in a different way to bream. JUser: :_load: Unable to load user with ID: 223. The anti-tangle prop This is a river I started my angling career fishing and it has a large stock of quality roach among other species. Look at the water mark on the bank, and set up your platform and box higher than this for when the tide comes back up. “Trotting a stick float through the swim gives a much more natural presentation, which is crucial. If you get it wrong on the feeder, you wouldn’t know fish like this were in your swim to catch! It’s a simple rig and, thanks to the home-made feeder link I tie, it’s completely tangle-free! Bauer Media Group consists of: Bauer Consumer Media Ltd, Company number: 01176085, Bauer Radio Ltd, Company Number: 1394141 Remember to clip-up the line so that you are fishing to exactly the same distance on every cast, and re-bait every 20 minutes in order to build up a tight patch of free offerings on the lakebed. As one approaches the loch and is greeted by 95 miles of shoreline and 27.5 square miles of water, it is understandable to feel slightly daunted. I’ve been using this rig for a couple of seasons now – including at the World Feeder Championships for England, and I’m yet to find any downside to it. Looking where the tide mark was on the bankside I could set up with confidence, knowing that as long as my platform was level with the tide mark I would not get swamped by the incoming tide in two hour’s time. All feeders essentially provide the same function and deliver a desired amount of bait to a specific area. One is to stop the hooklength from spinning and the other is to enable me to replace a damaged hooklength quickly. The anti-tangle properties mean it doesn’t snarl up on even the biggest casts. These wild river fish are hungry and I think you must get a good amount of bait on the deck. Why? The same grain may be picked up by several fish before finally being eaten. Historically the loch has been renowned for it’s Game fishing and remains one of the best places in the country to target Sea Trout, with numerous fish well into double figures taken each year.