RETURNING home after visiting family, current Drennan Cup holder Simon Daley headed straight for the Hampshire Avon, knowing it had received an injection of extra water while he’d been away. But he found the river running high and coloured, far from ideal for his target species – roach.
After a few unsuccessful hours’ fishing, he decided to tease his float around the marginal cover where the flow was slowest. Eventually the float dipped and he connected with what he could see was a huge roach as it rolled in the edge.
It weighed 2lb 10oz, and Simon was delighted with the result on what was a tricky day. The fish fell to a 10mm piece of breadpunch, fished over liquidised bread feed below a light Bolo float with a sensitive tip.