DAVE BRICE wanted to crack the 2 lb roach barrier after fishing for 45 years... and he did it in the best style possible with this 2 lb 13 oz monster.

The 52-year-old maintenance engineer got the roach of his dreams from an Oxfordshire gravel pit.

Dave said: “On my third visit I found the lake much murkier than usual after being whipped up by storm force winds.

“I decided to fish a gravel spot at 45 yards – knowing I would still be able to reach it if the wind got any stronger.

“Bait would be double red maggot on a helicopter rig, with a short fluorocarbon hook length to a size 16 Kamasan B983 hook.

“After a few quick casts with a feeder to put some bait down, I started to get indications then two quick fish just below 1 lb.

“After a couple of hours with no sign of a bite, I decided to recast, I tipped the double red maggot with a fluorescent pinkie as a bit of a sight marker in the stirred up water.

“Ten minutes later I had a drop-back bite. On lifting the rod I knew I was into a better fish and with the jagging on the tip it had to be a good roach.

“Not much later, I slipped this beautifully big roach over the net,” concluded Coventry, West Midlands-based Dave.

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