Huge roach from famed carp wa­ter

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

THIS 2lb 14oz roach proves that spec­i­men fish­eries hold much more than just big carp.

Cap­tor Luke Sparkes was fish­ing a carp match on Brasenose 2 on the award-win­ning Lin­ear Fish­eries in Ox­ford­shire when he hooked the fish of a life­time.

The Grimsby rod cast out a small bunch of mag­gots over a bed of red grubs that he’d in­tro­duced 120 yards out on the venue which has an ever-grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion for pro­duc­ing big roach, bream and tench.

“I couldn’t be­lieve my eyes when the big roach popped up. This is a truly spe­cial fish to me,” he said.

“Even though I was af­ter carp I aim to fish with rigs that give me the chance of catch­ing other species too, as I class my­self as an all-round an­gler.”

Luke Sparkes and his 2lb 14oz Brasenose roach.

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