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Description: When fishing for roach with casters it is best to be mindful of areas along the bank with features, such as moored boats and overhanging cover trees etc. The most practical method when feeding is to establish two areas roughly ten to fifteen feet apart. This ensures that when fish are taken from the water, the remaining fish are given a chance to settle once more and resume feeding; meanwhile the other area affords time and space to continue fishing in the next feeding area.

It's best to begin feeding by placing thirty or so casters into each feeding area. On every bite thereafter, each area can be topped up further by half dozen casters. The caster can be presented on the hook similarly to conventional maggot fishing. In cases where the fish are biting well, it's possible to leave more of the hook protruding, however if the roach remain cautious, it's prudent to conceal the hook as much as possible. While using a dibber in the case of flowing water, stretch the line out slightly.

Moving in the current the caster should be lifted from the bottom of the canal, this will enable the float under taught line control to continue through and traverse the designated feeding area, thus effectively attracting the roach and maximising the display of the bait. If it's the case that the canal is subject to heavy boat traffic, again it's advisable to opt for the dibber. A boat's passage through the water is unlikely to affect greatly the feeding fish, yet may rule out the advantages offered by the bristled float in detecting bites.

Rigs: Choice of kit and rig when fishing for roach with casters is of the utmost importance when presented with the challenges, and at times adverse conditions while fishing on canals and waterways. Changing wind direction and the to-ing and fro-ing of water through the lock systems are primary considerations. In terms of floats, options vary. Dibbers are the order of the day, providing the water is moving, however when presented with still water, it would be preferable to opt for fine-tipped floats. This will enable much better sensitivity combined with an all around indication of what is happening beneath the water.

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