River Ancholme produces mega roach weights

Rivers such as the Thames and Wye are renowned for their winter form but the small Ancholme proved it is amongst the best waterways during cold conditions as the top four shared almost 70lb of roach.

With very little colour in the water, most of the field went down the breadpunch route and Chris Reilly utilised the tactic best to put 24lb 10oz on the scales.

The Grimsby Pelham rod fished the bait at 8m and caught roach to 6oz throughout the day. Second spot was secured by Phil Hurst who hauled out 16lb 8oz.