Amazing roach haul from a gem of a new fishery

Officials at Scunthorpe Pisces AC are urging anglers to help them discover whether they have just unearthed one of the best roach waters in the North.

The club, which is open to anyone, has recently gained the rights to Thornton Abbey Lake in Lincolnshire, and despite not being aware of the stock, early trials have produced some stunning results.

Fisheries officer Simon Mattison paid a visit to the venue for a short stint and was rewarded with 47lb of roach in just three hours’ fishing.

Using just a simple maggot feeder set-up, Simon enjoyed a bite-a-chuck throughout the duration of the short session.

He told Angling Times: “I must have had 20 fish over 1lb and a few that weren’t far off 2lb. I could have carried on catching all day but I ran out of bait and had to pack up.”

Despite the encouraging early signs, Simon is keen for anglers to help the club complete the jigsaw and he added: “The water is a blank canvas to us and we have no idea what is in it. I think I’ve helped show there are masses of quality roach present but I’m confident there are some impressive carp and other large specimens lurking beneath the surface as well.

“All we need now is for our members to get on the water and help us uncover its secrets.”