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Record year for roach is on the cards...

The year 2016 is set to be a record one for roach, thanks to a series of revolutionary projects to rejuvenate the species on rivers and stillwaters nationwide .Leading the charge to revive Britain’s most iconic fish is the longest-running conservation drive – the Avon Roach Project – which has seen a record-breaking year. Species enthusiasts Trevor Harrop and Budgie ...

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  • 26 April 2016

3lb 12oz roach earns place in history books

The only bite of a five-month campaign to catch a huge redfin resulted in Josh Fisher banking one of the biggest river roach ever caught.Weighing 3lb 12oz, it’s a fish that the experienced all-rounder has spent four years targeting. In that time he has dedicated thousands of hours in his quest to bank a roach over the magical 3lb mark.All ...

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  • 25 January 2016

Early bird catches 2lb-plus river roach

A river roach over the 2lb mark is on the hit list of many anglers, so Lee Chandler was celebrating when he landed this 2lb 4oz specimen.He arrived on the banks of a small southern river before it was light, and the fish of a lifetime made an appearance on his very first cast.He used traditional tactics including a centrepin ...

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  • 21 January 2016

Come and catch a monster roach

One of the nation’s favourite fisheries is calling for specimen anglers to come and catch its massive roach, claiming some huge fish are being ‘ignored’.Just two weeks after being voted ‘Stillwater of the Year’ in the Angling Times 2015 National Angling Awards, the famous Linear Fisheries in Oxfordshire is eager to shake off its reputation of being a carp-only complex. ...

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  • 05 January 2016

Birthday gift roach

Andrew Mussellwhite enjoyed a birthday present to remember with this personal-best 2lb 4oz river roach.The Hampshire angler headed to a stretch of the River Itchen to celebrate his 38th birthday, where he set his stall out to target the waterway’s silverfish shoals.He fed the swim with maggots for 20 minutes, then the Winchester rod trotted a 2g Drennan Avon float ...

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  • 05 January 2016

Weather no obstacle to river roach

Severe weather cuts many fishing sessions short, but James Denison battled the wind and rain to bank this immaculate 2lb 10oz roach. Fishing a centrepin outfit on an undisclosed stretch of a southern river, the electrician trotted a single maggot hookbait after initially putting down a bed of loosefeed. “The bite came around 30 minutes before dusk and was from ...

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  • 20 December 2015

More anglers join 2lb roach hall of fame

To catch a 2lb river roach is seen as ‘the holy grail’ for many anglers but to catch one on float tackle is special – this week two anglers joined this exclusive club.Roach fanatic Billy McDonald used traditional trotting tactics with stick float and maggot on the River Test at Timsbury to bank a haul of big roach topped by ...

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  • 05 December 2015

3lb 4oz roach found dead at pike water Chew Valley

This is the picture of a 3lb 4oz roach that was found at the UK’s finest specimen pike water.The dead roach was discovered by former British pike record-holder Neville Fickling and Angling Times columnist Paul Garner when the pair fished from the deck of a boat on the famous Chew Valley Reservoir.It’s a venue that’s already produced two pike over ...

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  • 23 November 2015

3lb 8oz Broads roach biggest of the year

The biggest roach of 2015 and a handful of huge river specimens have kick-started the season for one of the nation’s favourite species.This 3lb 8oz example was caught from the prolific Broads system by carp angler Jake Baxter. He had the surprise of his life when the only bite following eight gruelling sessions on Oulton Broad in Lowestoft, Suffolk, produced ...

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  • 16 November 2015

2lb 12oz roach best

This 2lb 12oz roach was the highlight of a roach fishing session for Alan Storey.A visit to a southern stillwater produced around 80 roach for the Oxford specialist, who alternated maggot and groundbait feeders at 50yds with maggot hookbaits flavoured with Nash Baits’ Tangerine Dream.He backed it up with a three redfins of 2lb 4oz, 2lb 2oz and 2lb 1oz, ...

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  • 29 October 2015

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