Bob Nudd - It was one of the best day's roach fishing of my career

Four-times world champion Bob Nudd proved he is still a cut above the rest by taking 40lb 15oz of roach in a match he described as ‘one of the most enjoyable days of my career’.

The Browning-backed ace found the Spalding free stretch of the River Welland in a perfect state during the latest round of the Bourne League and caught over 200 roach to knock Maver Bait-Tech’s Steve Winters’ 35lb 10oz redfin haul into second place.

Organisers of the event had originally planned to host it on the nearby River Glen but unfavourable conditions meant a last-minute change was needed - and Bob admits he wasn’t overly pleased after he picked his peg out of the draw bag.

“There were no fish topping and I didn’t fancy it at all. Within a couple of hours I’d completely changed my thoughts on the peg and began catching roach and silver bream nudging the pound mark almost every chuck!” he explained.

“I used a 3mm piece of breadpunch with a 0.5g float and a strung-out shotting pattern to slow the fall of the bait. I cupped in two balls of Van Den Eynde Punch Crumb every 15 minutes and it created a cloud and kept the fish coming one-a-chuck.

It really was dream fishing and one of the most enjoyable days of my career,” he added.

With no sudden rises in temperatures predicted over the coming weeks, the monster shoals of roach are expected to stay tightly packed in Spalding for the foreseeable future and local match organiser John Spalton believes this could just be the beginning  of a bumper period.

“At the moment it is one of the best roach stretches in the country and the best bit is, it’s free fishing. The fish will definitely stay there until the end of the season and I’d expect lots of pleasure anglers to bag up in the next week,” explained John.