Ed Matthews 3lb 2oz Roach

Location is everything in specimen fishing, as Ed Matthews highlighted when he recently landed this 3lb 2oz roach.

He was fishing at Sutton Lake, Shropshire, and had started the day in a swim that had been in good form. However, after blanking for an hour and a half, he saw a roach roll in a different area of the lake. Immediately, he packed up and moved swims, and was rewarded with instant action. Over the next few hours he landed seven roach, six of which topped the magic two-pound barrier, topped by this 3lb 2oz PB.

Helicopter feeders produced the good, with Ed using short hooklinks and maggots as bait. Through the feeder, he fed maggots and Sonubaits F1 Dark groundbait.

Well done Ed!