Birthday gift roach

Andrew Mussellwhite enjoyed a birthday present to remember with this personal-best 2lb 4oz river roach.
The Hampshire angler headed to a stretch of the River Itchen to celebrate his 38th birthday, where he set his stall out to target the waterway’s silverfish shoals.
He fed the swim with maggots for 20 minutes, then the Winchester rod trotted a 2g Drennan Avon float with a size 16 Drennan wide gape Specialist hook baited with maggot.
After landing grayling and roach to over 1lb, Andy’s centrepin was soon screaming as the giant roach took off.