PAUL CHIVERS thought he’d caught a roach of a lifetime from a tiny river with this 3 lb 12 oz specimen.
But Angler’s Mail is 99% sure that Paul’s fine specimen is actually a rare 3 lb 12 oz roach-chub hybrid.
Paul’s big ‘un fell to trotted caster from the River Brue near Glastonbury in Somerset.
Roach identification expert Dr Mark Everard said: “It is a rare specimen, but it is most certainly not a roach. It is in fact a scarce roach/chub hybrid.”
The British roach record under the DNA-tested category is currently vacant at 3 lb 12 oz. The record on the photographic evidence category stands at 4 lb 4 oz to Keith Berry at an Northern Ireland stillwater in 2006 – before DNA fish testing was an option. Read the full list here.
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