ANGLER’S MAIL can reveal a 3 lb 12 oz monster believed to be the biggest roach from a British river for many years.

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Josh Fisher, who is sometimes seen in John Bailey’s Angler’s Mail column, had persevered on the undisclosed river in southern England for months despite not catching a single roach during that time, before finally hooking into the fish of a lifetime, setting a new PB in the process.

Josh, a 24-year-old tattoo artist, from Norwich, Norfolk, revealed: “I’d spent the last few years fishing a local stillwater after a fish that was around 4 lb but I never managed to catch it.

“This particular river is one I’ve been fishing for years but everyone thought the roach had gone and no one was fishing it.

“Last year I managed to catch a few smaller roach and also saw a really big one roll, and I now think it must have been this fish.

“This season I caught a roach of just under 2 lb on my first session, but then went five months without a bite from one, and that was despite fishing it a couple of times a week.”

This is just a short version of the story that appeared in Angler’s Mail printed magazine. Get the magazine every week for top tips, big news, best products, and venues that are in form.

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