Roach at 3lb 1oz is first on float tactics

A late change of venue worked in Mike Townsend’s favour as he took a series of roach to 3lb 1oz from Sway Lakes.

The Doncaster angler had intended to make the long journey to the Hampshire Avon but altered his  plans after reports suggested the waterway wasn’t fishing well.

Upon his arrival at the complex he rigged up a simple waggler setup, feeding caster and hemp over the top. Several fish to 1lb 15oz were banked before action stepped up a level with a 2lb 7oz redfin.

The best was still to come, though, as Mike achieved a memorable milestone and he told Angling Times: “I wasn’t expecting a fish this big from the complex and it was my 16th roach over the 3lb-mark but my first ever on the float.”