Matt Atkins’ target this winter was to catch a big roach – and he’s now ticked that off the list with this 2lb 13oz specimen.
It was a new personal best for the Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire angler who fished maggot feeders on ultra-light Garbolino rods on a stretch of the Hampshire Avon.
Matt said: “As the sun was coming up I had a mad bite and took a 2lb 13oz fish. For the next hour the tip kept going round and I managed another specimen roach of 1lb 8oz”
Matt used 28g Drennan Black Cap feeders in conjunction with a small leger boom.