Rob Taylor 2lb 15oz roach

DEVON-based angler Rob Taylor said ‘he didn’t want the fight to end’ when he struck into this superb 2lb 15oz roach.

The 61-year-old and his mate Ed trotted red maggots on a southern-chalk stream for a big fish and weren’t left disappointed when Rob’s rod arched over half-way through the session.

He said: “I’d already caught small roach and dace when I hooked into what I thought was a chub, but the classic headshakes soon revealed it was a big roach!

“When Ed saw it in the net he was more excited than I was!”

It was a new personal best for Rob who added a 2lb 4oz redfin moments later.