Leigh Holman 3lb 4oz Roach

Two years ago, Leigh Holman landed a 2lb 14oz roach from his local club water, from which stemmed a thought that there could be something a little bit special hiding in the venue’s depths..
Since then, he’s been figuring out how to single-out the larger roach. Having being pestered by smaller fish and other species throughout summer, he finally cracked it with this 3lb 4oz redfin.

On the successful session, he’d arrived at 11am, armed with around a pint of spicy red maggots and damp bloodworm pellets, which he’d fish through feeders over two spots at 40 and 50 yards. He recast every 15 minutes and he was soon catching bream before bites slowed. Leigh kept the feeders going in, and at 3pm his persistence was rewarded when his rod at 50 yards registered a positive bite and he hooked into a fish that gave plenty of headshakes as it headed to the net. When the fish surfaced a few rod lengths out, he knew it was the one he’d been after.

Well done Leigh!