Ken Fuller came within an ounce of catching a roach over the magical 3lb-barrier with this superb 2lb 15oz specimen from a Norfolk stillwater.
The fish is the biggest of four 2lb-plus redfins which the local rod has caught from the venue since March and came an hour after first light.
“It was so close to the magical 3lb-mark, but what’s an ounce or so when you have a specimen like that in your net,” said Ken, who fished two maggots on a size 16 hook in conjunction with a maggot feeder.
“The fishery manager was on the far bank and after much arm waving realised that I wasn’t just waving ‘hello’ but that I had something special in the net. He came over and witnessed the weighing and kindly took some photos for me.”