River Lea produces superb 2lb 14oz specimen roach

A 3lb roach has to be the river angler’s Holy Grail and that was the prize Steve Currant thought he’d won when he first put this 2lb 14oz River Lea roach to the scales.

The Hertfordshire-based driving instructor was enjoying a prolific session fishing maggots for medium-sized barbel when he spotted a few big redfins pass through his swim, so he scaled down and had a go for them.

The result was two small roach and this huge specimen which came on his final cast of a session that saw Steve link legering maggots over a bed of loosefed hemp and maggot.

“As soon as I hooked it I knew it was a decent fish but obviously not a barbel,” explained 39-year-old Steve.

“When it first came to the surface I thought it might be a two-pounder so started taking it easier. It was only when I came to lift my net out that I finally realised I’d caught something a bit special.

“I must say I’d never seen a fish anywhere near as impressive in the flesh - everyone has been congratulating me ever since,” added Steve, who obliterated his own, and his club’s roach record with the capture.


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