RAY CLARKE: Record Roach
“Ray struck into a heavy fish which at first he was convinced was a bream”
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.