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ROACH
COARSE  FISHING  WITH  THE  ESSEX  ANGLER
(RUTILUS   RUTILUS)

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DISCRIPTION
A small fish with a dark greenish back and silver body.It has distinctive orangey red fins and reddish eye.
STATS
British record - 4lb 3oz (1990)
Speciman weight - 1.5lb
Max length - 12 - 14 inches
Life span - 10-15 years
LOCATION
Lakes and Rivers
HABITAT
Can survive in low levels of oxygen and swim in large shoals.They are very adaptable to the surroundings.
FEEDING HABITS
Will feed in shallow water in summer months and go deeper in winter.
NATURAL FOOD SOURCE
Young roach will feed on plankton moving on to algae,snails,bloodworm and worm
LIFE CYCLE
Reaches maturity at 2-4 years for the male and 3-5 years female with a total lifespan of around 10-15 years.Spawning occurs from April to June with eggs of up to 20,000.


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Not only are roach finnicky feeders,they have a small delicate mouth so light tackle is very important so as not to damage their mouth when striking.They are also rarely found near muddy water beds which are covered with reeds or water-lilies.They tend to prefer gravel beds where weeds etc are easier on light tackle.Float fishing with a small bait is usually a good start.
Roach seem to be happy feeding at night or day, they are also willing to take bait in very cold water.Although it is very unusual for them to feed on very hot days.
If fishing for the larger Roach it may be best to move away from small baits, especially if there are too many small fish about. Fishing on the bottom using a swimfeeder packed with maggots and groundbait can be more effective, but if the smaller fish are still taking the bait, switch to a lump of bread paste or a large worm. When using groundbait for bigger roach, make sure it sinks to the bottom before breaking up, as cloudy groundbait will just attract small fish.
BAIT
Maggot,Bread,Casters,Hemp,Worm.
HOOKS - 16 - 22
LINE - 1lb - 2lb b.s.
HOOKLENGTH - 1.5lb b.s.
FLOATS - Waggler - Stick Float





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