Thirty minutes to catch a 3lb roach brace

A free stretch of the River Frome continues to produce unrivalled fishing for specimen roach as Bob Gibbs banked a brace of fish over 3lb in just half-an-hour.
The tree surgeon from North London was going in search of grayling, but changed his mind after visiting the fishing shop on the banks of the river at Wareham called Purbeck Angling and was advised to try fishing just below the town bridge for the resident roach.
It proved to be good advice as he equalled his personal best with his biggest fish weighing 3lb 2oz and another topping the scales at 3lb 1oz after trotting bread on a size 14 hook attached to a 2lb hooklink.
“I’m so glad that I popped into the shop to get some maggots as the owner Dean was really helpful and put me right onto the fish,” said Bob.
“I was only going to give it an hour, but I can’t believe I only needed half that time to land a brace of fish like this.