Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

THERE’S al­ways some­thing spe­cial about a UK record be­ing caught from a river, and no species is more evoca­tive in this re­spect than the roach.

So Ray Clarke’s 4lb 3oz new best, caught in Oc­to­ber 1990, was one that re­ally struck a chord with an­glers around the coun­try.

He took it from the Dorset Stour, a venue famed for big roach and chub, us­ing trot­ting tac­tics with dou­ble caster – that most clas­sic of roach ap­proaches.

Ray had vis­ited the south­ern river in the hope of chalk­ing up his first 2lb roach. That would have been a fine achieve­ment in it­self, but to catch a fish dou­ble that size and a record to boot stag­gered the Hert­ford­shire an­gler and the fish­ing world as a whole.

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