Baiting little and often certainly proved fruitful for Matthew Fernandez with the capture of this fine 2lb 9oz river roach.
Targeting the redfins in his local River Itchen with stick float tactics, the Hampshire angler fed maggots and hemp into the swim every cast to get them into a feeding frenzy.
He said: “I struck into a confident bite, and after a hairy fight a big roach graced my net. At 2lb 9oz, it was a new river personal best for me.”
Matt’s two-pounder fell to a single maggot fished on a size 16 hook.