THE capture of a 3lb roach at one of the country’s most popular day-ticket fisheries has further proved the record-breaking potential of UK ‘commercials’.
Bury Hill Fisheries in Dorking, Surrey, is well-known for producing huge catches of tench, bream and carp as well as offering some of the finest zander fishing in the UK. But now, specimen roach anglers will be raring to target the 20-peg Bonds Lake following the capture of Lucjan Sliwa’s fish that measured 15 inches in length.
He also banked 12 fish over the 1lb mark, several over 2lb and admitted to losing a specimen ‘well over 3lb’ when he fished the pole and corn in the margins.
This isn’t the first time that Lucjan has plundered the Bury Hill roach stocks as he’s banked fish over 2lb during two previous visits and believes that he has only just scratched the surface of the venue’s potential.
“Everyone fishes this lake for carp, but my catches prove how many big roach there are in here,” he told Angling Times.
“When I started catching big roach the carp started to move in so I beefed-up my elastic and tackle.
This meant that I began to lose some of the silverfish and unfortunately this is what happened when the largest roach I’d ever seen bumped off the hook.
Venue owner David de Vere was aware that the venue held fish up to 2lb, but has been ‘blown away’ by the recent capture and has since received other reports of anglers catching 3lb roach.
“We haven’t netted this lake for a couple of years, so I had no idea that the fish were getting this big. They must really be packing on the weight with all of the bait put in by anglers targeting the large numbers of carp,” said David.
“I also heard that another angler also had a fish over 3lb a couple of weeks ago and there’s no doubt in my mind that these are genuine roach. I would love more specimen anglers to come down and have a go for them.”
To find out more about the fishery call: 01306 877540 or visit: www.buryhillfisheries.co.uk