Massive 3lb 4oz roach caught on boilie intended for carp

No doubt anglers would love to read how this cracking 3lb 4oz Oxfordshire gravel pit roach fell to classic maggot and caster tactics on a float or feeder, but the truth is it managed to hang itself on a 15mm boilie presented on a size 8 hook and 20lb hooklink intended for carp.

Nash consultant Jack Brown caught the personal best while fishing a silt patch at the back of a weedbed at 30yds, which he’d baited with 50 whole and chopped boilies.

A critically-balanced IC-1 bait proved too tempting for the big redfin, which was self-hooked on a 2.5oz dumpy pear lead semi fixed on a safety bolt bead lead clip.