Mod­i­fied feeder traps gi­ant Dorset redfin

Angling Times (UK) - - FISH OF THE YEAR SPECIAL -

Dan Gale, 3lb 2oz roach, River Frome, Dorset

THE year 2018 has been a phe­nom­e­nal one for big roach, and Dan Gale caught one of the most im­pres­sive spec­i­mens of the sea­son dur­ing a trip to the River Frome in Dorset.

The im­mac­u­late 3lb 2oz redfin, which the Hants spec­i­men ace rates as be­ing ‘at the top of the list of all the catches that he’s ever made’, was banked us­ing a mod­i­fied in­line swim­feeder which Dan made specif­i­cally for the task.

“After 30 min­utes in one swim, I moved down­stream and bait dropped a cou­ple of pinches of hemp,” said the 35-year-old. “I then cast my adapted feeder with a short hook­link on to the spot.”

For a hook­bait Dan threaded a fake mag­got on to the shank of a size 14 barbed hook.

No live mag­gots were used on the hook to help him avoid smaller ‘nui­sance’ roach.

The roach is ‘at the top of the list of all the catches’ that Dan has ever made.

Dan con­verted a Dren­nan feeder to make it in­line . A short hook­link con­verts more pick-ups to fish on the bank.Dan used red mag­gots in­side his feeder. A sin­gle fake mag­got was used on the hook.

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