RAY CLARKE: Record Roach

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“Ray struck into a heavy fish which at first he was con­vinced was a bream”

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OF all the coarse records, the roach has al­ways been the most highly prized, and so when ‘plea­sure an­gler’ Ray Clarke landed a new na­tional best of 4lb 3oz in Oc­to­ber 1990 from the Dorset Stour, the angling world re­joiced.

Not only was it the last roach record to come from a run­ning wa­ter venue, but it also fell to the most tra­di­tional of all meth­ods – float­fish­ing.

The Herts-based painter and dec­o­ra­tor had vis­ited the wa­ter in the hope of catch­ing his first roach over 2lb, and when his float dipped to sig­nal some­thing had taken a lik­ing to his dou­ble caster hook­bait Ray struck and latched into a heavy fish…… which at first he was con­vinced was a bream!

It was only when the fish sur­faced ready for net­ting that Ray was able to iden­tify it as a huge roach. The fish beat the ex­ist­ing record, which had stood for 15 years, by 2oz.

Ray Clarke’s 1990 record roach of 4lb 3oz.

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