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LT THE RESU en is lines Darr h By rotating dily all day. caught stea d ood size an Roach to a g p ers made u small skimm ar 20lb net, a ne the bulk of of quality le p u o c a h wit t in. The mos n w o r th h c per line was his productive h swim and shorter roac the rren found a D h g u o h lt a s feeder, it wa e th n o h s fi e delivered th t a th le o p the the day. most fish on After around an hour on the tip catching mainly roach and perch with the odd small skimmer, Darren is confident that a move to the pole will now find plenty of fish in his already primed swims. “At the start of the session I fed my three pole lines: one to my left at 11.5 metres in around six feet of water, another to my right at 13 metres in slightly deeper water and then one at the same angle as the 13m swim but at 14.5 metres,” says Darren as he ships out to the 13m line. His left-hand line is his roach swim, due to the depth, and was fed with pole rigs; one light for the roach, the other slightly heavier for skimmer. As the fish are feeding right on the bottom both are bulked three-quarters of the way down, with three droppers to give a steady fall where the fish are looking for the bait. This is all held under a slim-bodied Garbolino DC12H float (0.35g for the roach and 1g for the skimmers) using a size 18 hook with 0.09mm hooklength for the roach and 0.10mm for the skimmers. “The roach are taking the caster just as it hits the bottom,” says Darren, as he strikes into DARREN’S FEEDER RIG This is a free-running setup using a small cage feeder with extra lead to get it down quick. A section of the main line is knotted into two loops below the feeder to work as an anti-tangle boom, stopping the 2ft long hook link tangling on the cast. The feeder is stopped from coming over the loops and the hook link by a large float stop. e h t s a w e l o p e c h i T t c a t g n i winn e day on th a single ball of groundbait laced with dead maggots and chopped worms. He’s also been loose feeding casters over the top in a pouch of eight to 10 every five minutes or so. On the 13m line three balls of the same mix went in along with a handful of prepared, 6mm expander pellets, while on the 14.5m line it’s three balls of groundbait loaded with 4mm hard pellets. “The 13m line with the most bait options in is my gauge of what’s about and feeding,” explains Darren. “From there I’ll work out what I should be feeding and how I should be fishing and it should deliver the bulk of my catch. The 14m line is for the skimmers and I’ll leave this for as long as possible.” For today’s fishing Darren’s employing two another fish. “A good trick, which is working today, is to flick your rig out to give more of a fall through the water. The better fish hang back and will dart in when they see the bait falling.” On the two skimmer lines Darren fishes an expander on the hook, this time lowering the rig down into the water and lifting it at intervals, which is usually met by a positive bite and a workout for the No6 elastic. “The fish are a bit cagey today; once one or two are caught they back off, so I’m moving from line to line much more than I normally would,” reveals Darren. “Although they’re still feeding pretty well, especially the roach, so there’s eve