Roach: bait and fishing for roach with a float rod in summer

Fishing for roach

A well-known fish to all anglers. In different regions it can be called a chebak, sorozhka, path, and so on. Roach can reach sizes of more than 1 kg with a length of up to 40 cm. In the basins of the Caspian, Black and Azov seas, roach has a semi-anadromous form, which is called ram, vobla. Semi-anadromous forms are larger, can reach a weight of 2 kg. It is an object of commercial and recreational fishing.

Fishing methods

Many anglers claim that few people can boast that they can catch roach better than anyone. Fishing for roach is an exciting and challenging activity. You can catch this fish all year round, except for the spawning period. For this, various tackle is used: spinning, float and bottom fishing rods, fly fishing, “long casting” gear using artificial lures, winter fishing rods.

Catching roach on float tackle

Features of using float gear for roach fishing depend on the fishing conditions and the experience of the angler. For coastal fishing for roach, rods for “deaf” equipment 5-6 m long are usually used. Match rods are used for long-distance casting. The choice of equipment is very diverse and is limited by the conditions of fishing, and not by the type of fish. As already noted, the fish is capricious, so delicate equipment is required. As in any float fishing, the most important element is the right bait and bait.

Catching roach on bottom gear

Roach responds well to bottom gear. For fishing, there is no need to use rods to cast heavy sinkers and feeders. Fishing with bottom rods, including feeder and picker, is very convenient for most, even inexperienced anglers. They allow the fisherman to be quite mobile on the reservoir, and because of the possibility of point feeding, quickly “collect” fish in a given place. Feeder and picker, as separate types of equipment, currently differ only in the length of the rod. The basis is the presence of a bait container-sinker (feeder) and interchangeable tips on the rod. The tops change depending on the fishing conditions and the weight of the feeder used. Nozzle for fishing can serve as any nozzle, both vegetable or animal origin, and pasta, boilies. This method of fishing is available to everyone. Tackle is not demanding for additional accessories and specialized equipment. This allows you to fish in almost any water bodies. It is worth paying attention to the choice of feeders in shape and size, as well as bait mixtures. This is due to the conditions of the reservoir (river, pond, etc.) and the food preferences of local fish.

Fly fishing for roach

Fly fishing for roach is exciting and sporty. The choice of tackle does not differ from those used for catching other medium-sized fish in roach habitats. These are single-handed rods of medium and light classes. Fish live in different water bodies. On small rivers it is quite possible to use tenkara. If the angler is going to catch roach in calm, not deep waters with a lot of underwater and surface vegetation, you need to consider that the fish are very careful. Therefore, it may be necessary to use floating cords with a delicate presentation. Fish are caught on medium-sized baits, both from the surface and in the water column.


For fishing on bottom and float gear, traditional nozzles are used: animal and vegetable. For baits, worms, maggots, bloodworms, various grains, “mastyrki”, filamentous algae and so on are used. It is very important to choose the right bait, which is added, if necessary, animal components. Fly fishing uses a variety of traditional lures. Most often, medium-sized flies are used on hooks No. 14 – 18, imitating familiar food for roach: flying insects, as well as their larvae, in addition, underwater invertebrates and worms. Also, roach react to imitations of juvenile fish, small streamers and “wet” flies are suitable for this. For spinning fishing, a huge number of different baits are used, ranging from silicone, all types of spinners and to various wobblers. Large roaches may react to larger baits, but in general, all baits are small in size and weight.

Places of fishing and habitat

Distributed in Europe and the Asian region, as already mentioned, it forms semi-anadromous forms. In some regions artificially bred. In some reservoirs exists in isolation. In rivers and lakes and other bodies of water, it prefers places with vegetation. Prefers to live in bays, channels and other places without a current. With seasonal cooling of the reservoir, it gathers in flocks and tries to stay in deeper places.


Reaches sexual maturity at the age of 3-5 years. Spawning takes place in the spring in March – May. Roach spawns in aquatic vegetation, caviar is sticky. It can spawn in floods or coastal areas, where after the flood waters leave, the eggs can dry out. Semi-anadromous forms after spawning go to the desalinated waters of the seas for feeding.

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