River Test produces stunning specimen roach

Mark Callaway achieved his target of catching a big winter roach in style with this 2lb 4oz specimen from the River Test.

Trotting tactics proved successful for the Ringwood, Hampshire-based plasterer, and on his third cast his double red maggot hookbait was taken by the large redfin. This was then backed up with five other roach to just over 1lb during his short day session.

“This is the biggest roach that I’ve caught for the last four winters,” said the 39-year-old. “I’d tried my luck on the Avon the last couple of years but struggled to find any big fish, so it was a relief when I slipped the net under this one.” He offered his hookbait on a size 18 Kamasan hook which was tied to a Preston Innovations Reflo Power Line hooklink under a loafer float.