A change to ‘scaled-down’ carp tactics paid dividends for Mike Townsend who landed this superb 3lb 2oz roach from Sway Lakes in Hampshire.
The Doncaster-based specialist landed a total of eight fish during his 24 hour session, including seven two pounders to 2lb 11oz.
He said: “I’ve caught reasonably well this year, but the carp anglers kept claiming that they were catching more, and larger roach, than us roach anglers. This prompted me in to a change of tactics.”
Mike presented an 8mm banded boilie hookbait on a size 16 hook and 3lb hooklink in conjunction with a 45g flat feeder with scolded 6mm pellets moulded around it.
“This catch proved how switched on the roach are carp anglers bait, however, Hugh Miles says I’m now practising ‘dark arts’!” he added.