“This is the fish I’ve been waiting to catch for 60 years - it feels like I’ve won the lottery.”
These were the words of fishing fanatic Hugh Miles after he slipped his net under a new personal best roach that topped the scales at 3lb 5oz.
The award-winning wildlife photographer and cameraman, responsible for creating the hit television series A Passion for Angling, beat his previous best for the species by 1oz when he embarked on a short two-hour session at the popular Sway Lakes complex in Hampshire.
In order to try and pick out the venue’s bigger residents he side hooked a 10mm boilie onto the bend of a size 14 hook and flicked it out at close range.
This, in conjunction with a delicate paternoster rig that was held in place on the lake bed with a single swan shot and featured a 2lb 10oz hooklink, was the winning combination for a delighted Hugh.
“I’ve been roach fishing for 60 years and it really doesn’t get any better than this,” Hugh told Angling Times.
“I’m very proud of the fact that I’ve banked some really big roach in the past and now have seven fish over the 3lb-mark under my belt, but nothing prepares you for something like this.
“There’s just something about roach that’s so special and I can’t believe how lucky I am to have increased my personal best again. This is probably the biggest fish in the lake and fishing for me doesn’t get any better than this.”
Hugh has also had lots of success at Sway Lakes on the pole and he used this method on the day to back-up his new best with another specimen roach of 2lb 6oz.