Big roach make journey worthwhile

Northern specimen hunter Mike Townsend thinks nothing of clocking up hundreds of miles in search of his quarry, as he’s been proving this spring in his frequent visits to Sway Lakes in Hampshire where he has managed to get among the venue’s famous big roach.

In his last few visits the Doncaster-based rod alternated between the waggler and swimfeeder to present his maggot hookbaits, and has managed to bank more than a dozen big redfins, including a number of ‘twos’ to a best of 2lb 10oz.

“The fishing’s not been easy so far this year, but by using little tweaks in my presentation I’ve thankfully been managing to fool the odd fish”, Mike told Angling Times.