Huge roach brace from River Frome

Keen all-rounder John Gates kicked the season off with a bang when he netted two huge roach for a combined total of almost 6lb from the River Frome.

The Wareham AC member decided to visit a tidal stretch of the waterway and within less than an hour of casting his maggot feeder rig baited with four red grubs he received a vicious wrap round which resulted in a 3lb redfin sliding over the net.

A few small fish made an appearance before the tip arched over from another enormous roach which tipped the scales round to 2lb 15oz.