A BRITISH RECORD roach is on the cards in the next couple of months after the venue tipped to do one recently produced another giant of 3 lb 15 oz.

Homersfield Lake in Norfolk produced a redfin just one ounce off the record at 4 lb 3 oz in March.

And it was the venue for Angling Direct’s Phil Spinks to land one of the best specimen roach hauls ever recorded.

Boss Martin Symonds said: “Our member Ken Fuller landed a great fish of 4 lb 3 oz last year and plenty not far off 4 lb have been recorded in recent times.

“I have been very busy of late so not recording everything but I heard of a fish of 3 lb 15 oz coming out recently so a record is a strong possibility especially as the weather warms a little.

“Although most members fish for the carp some also target the roach, and fishing guests in the holiday lodge can also give it a go,” he added.

March could be critical time for record

Last March Phil Spinks had the fantastic catch of six Homersfield roach over 3 lb topped by a 3 lb 12 oz specimen. It’s pictured above.

Phil said: “I haven’t fished the lake since August, concentrating instead on my river fishing, but when the season closes in March I will be dusting off the roach rods again and giving it a crack.

“I am confident that there is a good chance of the record falling given the catches last year, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to give it a good try,” enthused the Angling Direct ace.

Although Homersfield is a syndicate water with a long waiting list, non-members can book the one holiday lodge which has fishing from its own swim.

It is well booked by carpers from spring to autumn but vacancies often exist in winter and is currently available in late February and the first week of March when it offers the best possible chance of a record roach. It is priced at £468 per week, plus the cost of fishing.

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