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Lochnaw is still the top roach venue

Rumours of the demise of roach mecca, Lochnaw, have been dismissed by Gary Knowles, who landed a string of specimens topped by this new personal best of 3lb 2oz.A temporary suspension on angling was placed on the lake in April after cormorants took a number of fish. Despite venue officials stating that the lake’s large roach had been virtually unaffected, ...

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  • 16 June 2014

Sway roach at 3lb 2oz on big-carp tactics

A change to ‘scaled-down’ carp tactics paid dividends for Mike Townsend who landed this superb 3lb 2oz roach from Sway Lakes in Hampshire.The Doncaster-based specialist landed a total of eight fish during his 24 hour session, including seven two pounders to 2lb 11oz.He said: “I’ve caught reasonably well this year, but the carp anglers kept claiming that they were catching ...

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  • 16 May 2014

Roach glory days return

A project to rejuvenate roach stocks in a river that was regarded as the best in the country for the species has gathered pace this week.The Hampshire Avon was once renowned for its shoals of redfins and attracted anglers from all over the UK, with 3lb-plus specimens reported regularly before sport drastically declined several years ago as a result of ...

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  • 08 May 2014

3lb 5oz roach ends Hugh Miles' 60-year quest

“This is the fish I’ve been waiting to catch for 60 years - it feels like I’ve won the lottery.” These were the words of fishing fanatic Hugh Miles after he slipped his net under a new personal best roach that topped the scales at 3lb 5oz.The award-winning wildlife photographer and cameraman, responsible for creating the hit television  series A ...

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  • 07 May 2014

2lb 6oz roach for Hugh Miles

This 2lb 6oz roach was landed by award-winning wildlife film maker and photographer Hugh Miles when he visited the popular Sway Lakes complex.The fishing fanatic, who filmed the iconic a Passion for Angling series, used fished a side-hooked boilie on the pole to avoid the attentions of smaller fish at the Hampshire venue.During his last few sessions he has alternated ...

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  • 02 May 2014

First ever stillwater roach session produces 2lb 8oz redfin

Darran Goulder’s first attempt at stillwater roach fishing ended in success with the capture of this personal best 2lb 8oz roach from Lochnaw Loch in Scotland.The Kent-based Shimano consultant targeted a gravel bar surrounded by silt that he had located at 30 yards range and baited with a mixture of hemp, Dynamite Baits Silver Roach X, scopex flavoured sweetcorn and ...

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  • 28 April 2014

Four roach over 2lb fall after change of bait

A day session at Sway Lakes in Hampshire produced four 2lb-plus roach for Mike Townsend.Specimens of 2lb 10oz, 2lb 8oz, 2lb 4oz, 2lb 2oz and 2lb came to the Doncaster-based all-rounder after he switched from casters to 8mm pellets on the hook.He said: “I’d spent from dawn until 2pm trying to wade through the smaller fish using casters and hemp. ...

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  • 10 April 2014

2lb 7oz roach for Angling Times' Paul Garner

This pristine 2lb 7oz 8dr roach was a just reward for Angling Times’ Bait Doctor Paul Garner who made the three hour drive from his home in Redditch to fish a small southern reservoir.With all of his other target winter venues closed because of the flooding, the Nash Peg One consultant decided to make the long journey for his first ...

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  • 04 March 2014

2lb 6oz roach from River Test with 'Passion' ace

Jez Brown had to contend with horrendous conditions on the River Test, but he was rewarded with this new personal best roach of 2lb 6oz.The High Wycombe-based angler was joined by Passion for Angling star, Bob James, and Ray Pulford but the confidence of the trio instantly dropped when they arrived at the venue to find it heavily coloured and ...

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  • 28 February 2014

Roach at 3lb 1oz is first on float tactics

A late change of venue worked in Mike Townsend’s favour as he took a series of roach to 3lb 1oz from Sway Lakes.The Doncaster angler had intended to make the long journey to the Hampshire Avon but altered his  plans after reports suggested the waterway wasn’t fishing well.Upon his arrival at the complex he rigged up a simple waggler setup, ...

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  • 05 February 2014

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