2lb roach on fine float gear

Angling Times (UK) - - NEWS -

TO catch a 2lb roach from a river is a spe­cial achieve­ment, which is why Mike Townsend had ev­ery rea­son to smile when he struck gold with this im­mac­u­late fish.

The spe­cial­ist from Don­caster, South Yorks, was tack­ling a tiny north­ern river with float­fished cast­ers on a size 20 hook in order to tempt its finicky roach pop­u­la­tion.

“I saw the fish in the crys­tal­clear wa­ter and man­aged to get my bait in front of it with­out smaller roach or chub get­ting to it first.

“It took about 40 min­utes, but per­se­ver­ance paid off,” he said.

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