GARY TRUELOVE has been taking full advantage of his retirement by bagging up with specimens including this 2 lb 9 oz roach (above) and a 7 lb 12 oz chub (below). They came from different rivers.
The Christchurch, Dorset-based 55-year-old captured the large roach from a secret Hampshire river legering casters with a caster and hemp feeder.
And a float fishing session on his local Dorset Stour using maggots under a 2.5 SSG chubber float produced the huge chub just one ounce short of his PB.
Gary explained: “The day I caught the roach was a stinker but the river looked spot-on. I started with the float and maggot but could only catch smaller fish including lots of grayling, so I decided to move about 200 yards upriver to a slightly narrower section with some overhanging trees, and switch to the feeder with caster.
“First cast in the rod banged over and I totally missed it, second cast the same thing happened but this time I connected to it. The fish came up in the water on the strike typical of roach but, seeing the length of it, I thought it was a chub.
“Then I saw it again and couldn’t believe it was such a big roach. It put up a good scrap and was one of those fish you just couldn’t help staring at for its sheer size and immaculate condition,” he added.
Gary told Angler’s Mail: “Although the weather turned awful with heavy rain and thunder the roach just kept coming with lots more over the pound mark up to 1 lb 10 oz before I was forced to pack up. It just shows how a change of swim and tactic can make all the difference.
“The session on the Stour was also highly productive. Using red maggots with a regular sprinkling of maggots and hemp on each trot down river I caught throughout the day landing four other good chub and a number of roach to 1 lb 9 oz.
“I hope to breach the magic 3 lb mark for redfins and top my PB’s for chub and barbel which currently stand at 7 lb 13 oz and 13 lb 8 oz,” he added.
Gary Truelove won £100 of Korum tackle in Angler’s Mail’s Korum Specimen Cup for this 7 lb 12 oz Avon chub, backed up by the big roach and other river specimens.
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