AMAZING WEEK FOR MASSIVE ROACH!
‘Fish of a lifetime’ taken at 3lb 10oz as specimen ace banks trio of three pounders
RYAN Hayden has enjoyed the roach fishing session of a lifetime, landing three redfins totalling nearly 10lb.
Targeting a southern stillwater, Ryan’s first specimen weighed 3lb exactly – a roach that would be widely regarded as the fish of a lifetime.
But there was more to come. Shortly afterwards he added another of 3lb 3oz and topped off an unbelievable day’s sport with an immense 3lb 10oz specimen which is the largest roach caught by design this season.
Because he works for Drennan, Ryan is unable to claim a weekly Drennan Cup award for his fish, but this didn’t stop him from braving some rough conditions.
“There was a strong southwesterly blowing, and heavy rain,” he said. “In my book these are perfect conditions for roach, so I fed a pint of hemp and
presented 50g maggot feeders over the top.
“These heavy feeders allowed me to hit the distance easily as well as maintaining a tight line to the rod-tip, maximising hooking potential.
“I waited all day from just before first light without any signs. Then I had a liner at 3.30pm, followed by the first proper bite. This resulted in the 3lb fish, and knowing that big roach feeding spells can be tiny I was eager to get the rod back on the spot.
“Sure enough, a second fish weighing 3lb 3oz came as I was clipping the bobbin on. Ten minutes later, the third and biggest roach came on the same rod, rounding off a session where my personal best was broken not once, but three times!”
Ryan used simple heli-rigs, incorporating 2ins hooklinks of 5.4lb Drennan Supplex Fluorocarbon and size 18 Wide Gape Specialist hooks.
Roy Jones was another angler to enjoy big-roach action, landing specimens of 2lb 4oz fish and 2lb 12oz from a river.
Targeting a stretch of the middle Hampshire Avon, Roy fished for three days and on his final session wind and rain battered the banks.
These conditions forced Roy to abandon his preferred float set-up and switch to the maggot feeder. Some quality dace to 11oz were caught before the tip wrapped round as Roy connected with the larger fish.
Roy said of the catch: “When the bigger one came to the net it was panic stations – it was the biggest roach I’d ever seen.
“I weighed it straight away, and when the scales spun round to reveal a new pb of 2lb 12oz I was over the moon.”
Ryan Hayden and the season’s best intentionally caught roach of 3lb 10oz.
WHAT IS THE DRENNAN CUP? DRENNAN Cup prizes are decided by tackle giant Drennan and awarded to anglers who have caught specimen fish by design.
This 3lb 3oz roach formed part of the trio.
Roy Jones and his pair of Avon two-pounders.