WAITING for the perfect conditions helped Angler’s Mail contributor Matt Sparkes catch this stunning roach that weighed AT LEAST a whopping 3 lb 4 oz.

Targeting a tidal stretch of Dorset’s River Frome, the landscape gardener made up for what had been poor season so far.

Matt, 36, said: ‘I popped down during a brief spell of milder weather, knowing the temperature was going to plummet again.’

To check out the full picture, tactics YOU can copy, and for Matt’s top 6 tips for catching big river roach, buy this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine, dated January 4.