An angler fishing a carp match received the shock of his life when a drop-back bite yielded a fantastic 3lb 3oz roach.
E-S-P and CC Moore-backed ace Kev Hewitt was participating in the British Carp angling championships semi-final on Linear Fisheries’ Brasenose 1 water when the big roach (top) inhaled his fake corn hookbait.
In a double delight however, Kev also added an estimated 2lb 10oz fish on the very next cast to form one of the biggest stillwater braces of roach reported this season.
He said: “Obviously we were fishing for carp but at first light a couple of bites just five minutes apart resulted in these two incredible roach in the net.
“I was more excited about these two fish than the match itself and just had to have a photo! I love my roach fishing and had caught a lovely roach of 2lb 2oz from the river earlier in the year, but these were colossal and fin perfect.
“As the marshals were weighing our carp for the match I asked if they could weigh the biggest roach, but by the time I’d caught the second fish I’d found out the guys in the next swim were just one carp behind us in the match, so I had to slip the roach back unweighed and focus on carp fishing again – but it was easily between 2lb 8oz and 2lb 12oz.”
Both of Kev’s roach were caught on rigs incorporating mini E-S-P solid PVA bags filled with micro pellets with a single grain of plastic corn as a hookbait.