A 2lb Thames roach mile­stone

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

THIS is Martin Sal­ter’s first-ever 2lb roach from the River Thames.

The Na­tional Cam­paigns Co­or­di­na­tor for the An­gling Trust fished a stretch of the ti­dal Thames at Chiswick, West London, and used a ground­bait feeder with worm and mag­got on a size 12 hook.

He started pick­ing up a few bream be­fore the roach put in an ap­pear­ance. Then, after switch­ing to a lighter feeder and three red mag­gots on a size 14 hook, he be­gan to con­nect more eas­ily with the ten­ta­tive bites and took a pair of spec­i­men redfins topped by his first Thames two-pounder.

“I’ve been lucky enough to have caught 2lb-plus roach from eight dif­fer­ent rivers, but never one from my beloved River Thames,” he said.

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