Giant roach rocks British record!

Ken and his huge roach

Ken and his huge roach

The joint biggest roach ever to be caught in England has been banked at a whopping 4lb 3oz.

The monster redfin – which falls just 1oz short of the overall British record – was taken by Ken Fuller during a session on Homersfield Lake in Suffolk and fell to feederfished mini-boilies.

It’s the second time in the space of a couple of weeks the 35-acre syndicate water hit the headlines, with noted all-rounder Phil Spinks recently taking a remarkable six 3lb-plus roach in a single session.

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For Norwich, Norfolk-based Ken his incredible fish caps a two-year spell in pursuit of the silverfish on a venue that’s primarily fished for its head of big carp. The 57-year-old has taken a number of two-pounders and a single 3lb specimen – but his latest record-shaking capture has firmly put the former sand pit on the map.

At 4lb 3oz, Ken’s roach equals the former British best caught by Ray Clarke from the Dorset Stour in 1990. And it falls just 1oz shy of the current UK best, a fish of 4lb 4oz banked by Keith Berry from a stillwater in Northern Ireland in 2006.

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Speaking on the Homersfield Facebook page, a delighted Keith said: “Thanks for all your kind comments and congratulations. To have held and admired in the flesh a roach like this is an honour. As you say a fish of a lifetime (or 3 lifetimes) !! I’ve just about come back to Earth now !!”

*Homersfield is run on a syndicate basis with a long waiting list.

Another angle of the fish shows its incredible depth

Another angle of the fish shows its incredible depth