GEORGE CORNWELL knows the big roach on his local Throop Fishery on the lower Dorset Stour have switched onto boilies - and his use of the bait has paid.

Boilies but with scaled down tactics brought police officer George this impressive 2 lb 14 oz redfin, which starred in the Fish of the Week competition, exclusively in Angler’s Mail.

The 37-year-old police officer, from Bournemouth, has been targeting Throop Fishery, which is one of the most famous coarse fishing river venues in Britain.

Its mill pool also starred on BBC TV recently in the acclaimed Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer series, Gone Fishing.

George explained his tactics: “The big roach love small boilies these days after the spessy boys have been using them.

“So I used a 12 mm Sticky Krill boilie with a small running lead, size 12 Drennan barbel hook and a knotless knot hair-rig.

“It had cooled down slightly, the sun was just starting to drop. It was an evening session, and I spotted a small group of fish… and the one I caught was the biggest, luckily.

“I trickled some mini boilies in upstream, waited until they gained confidence.

“The bigger one hung at the back so I waited for it to briefly disappear then lowered my rig in where is had been and ten minutes later I got the bite,” concluded George.

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