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This review is from: ROACH: THE GENTLE GIANTS. (Hardcover)
John Bailey is a prolific angling writer and one or two of his books will appear among most anglers bookshelves. Latterly John has become almost transfixed with his love for the River Wye and the barbel that live there. However, he can often be found wandering along the bankside of his beloved River Wensum and whilst fishing there I have crossed paths with John several times. He is an engaging fellow who seems to like to sit down beside you and just chat. The first time I spoke to him, his love for Roach became apparent and it shows through in this book. John can speak for hours about days gone by when huge roach would populate the upper reaches of the Wensum. Stretches where they have since been forced out by the voracious Chub and latterly by the growing numbers of very large barbel. In this book John manages to portray his passion for this species and re-ignites some of the boyhood wonder most anglers will have felt when they caught their first silvery Roach with crimson fins and blaze orange eye. Its just a good fishing book and a good reading book, that is well written in John's usual style.
On those cold winters evenings when either poor road conditions, high water levels or simply snow and ice make fishing inadvisable .... this is the sort of book you want to reach for to give you that angling fix you are craving. My own hardback copy is looking well thumbed these days ..... its a must have book for the coarse angler.