Roger Mellon 3lb 2oz Roach

Temperatures really did plummet across the country in early December, , but there was still some special fish to be caught for those willing to brave the freezing temperatures, as Roger Mellon found with this 3lb 2oz roach.

Fishing a tributary to the River Thames, he had the fish on stick float tactics, using a single red maggot hookbait on a size 18 hook and a 2lb 2oz hooklink. His day has started with a run of bleak, but eventually he began to pick up some better roach by steadily feeding maggots and liquidised bread. On one of his last casts, he connected with something much more substantial and couldn’t believe his eyes when this huge roach surfaced.

Well done Roger!