Change in tactics results in 3lb-plus roach

After many years of trying, Phil Spinks has achieved his target of catching a 3lb-plus roach with this 3lb 1oz specimen from a gravel pit in Norfolk.

Over the last couple of seasons, the Suffolk-based Korum consultant had caught a string of ‘twos’ from the venue before a slight change in tactics saw him land what he classes as the ‘holy grail of specimen fish.’

“I switched from my usual short helicopter rigs and maggot feeders to a small 1oz inline lead and two fake casters hair-rigged to a size 14 hook and an 0.15mm Preston Power Line hooklink,” he told AT.

“On to this I hooked a small PVA bag of casters and Sonubaits 2mm pellets. It was very nerve wracking playing it, as big roach have a tendency to bump hooks.”

Phil cast his hookbait to a spot at 65yds range and used a Mini Spomb to bait it with a mixture of casters, maggots, hemp and pellets.