All The Answers columnist Duncan first caught the PB roach in February 2010 at 3 lb 15 oz 8 dr and then 11 months later landed the same fish at 3 lb 13 oz.
There was mixed reaction from fish identification experts with some saying the fish was a true roach but others thinking it could be a roach-rudd hybrid. That is now irrelevant as the true roach enters into angling’s history books.
Duncan took a scale sample on the second capture and now, finally, university boffins have confirmed that with DNA testing the fish is a true roach. It is the biggest ever confirmed by this fail-safe technique.
Now Duncan would like the fish to go into the official record listings despite the British Record Fish Committee having a vacant DNA roach record in place. They had asked for a minimum qualifying weight of 4 lb 3 oz.
A photo-only record roach is currently held by Keith Berry from Northern Ireland at 4 lb 4 oz and the two categories will run side by side.
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