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    Default Martin Bowler’s roach haul.


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    Default Re: Martin Bowler’s roach haul.

    Not many get the chance to hold a 3+ roach !

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    Fattened up no doubt on a constant supply of carp food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flightliner View Post
    Not many get the chance to hold a 3+ roach !
    Not many get the chance to fish that venue either!

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    I've been a bit puzzled by the way that this has been lauded as the greatest roach haul ever. It seems to ignore Simon Ashton's catch of four 3lb+ and, 19 over 2lb, from Lochnaw.
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    That's rather a cynical reply S63, there again you may be right. But, this fantastic feat of angling was the result of firstly locating those fish by talking to the regulars, then working out the optimum method to catch them.
    Couple that with studying the meteorological forecasts, waiting for the opportune moment to have a go at them, and bingo ...
    Every aspect of his approach was carefully planned, not some chuck it and hope attempt.
    I also wonder why, if those fish had grown big on carp bait, they would bother with maggots which hold little or no nutritional value?

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    I didn’t intend that to be cynical in the least Peter. I fish a large venue where the Rudd grow to immense sizes, the carpers get truly miffed when Rudd snaffle their 15mm boilies which are piled in by the bucket load.

    Takes absolutely nothing away from Martins red letter day.
    Last edited by s63; 30-03-2019 at 08:17.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Maidment View Post
    Not many get the chance to fish that venue either!

    Is it a very exclusive carp syndicate water Neil?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Maidment View Post
    Not many get the chance to fish that venue either!
    There are probably many waters like this where carp are the only fish fished for and the rest of the fish, some like these are never caught.

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    Both the catches mentioned here are phenomenal. Of course Martin Bowler's catch is a great planned capture, and his track record is there for all to see. I don't think it harms your chances though if you've been mentored by one of the best, have access to some exclusive fisheries and benefit from a top-level grapevine that alerts you to rare opportunities. That's not to detract - just to add a perspective.

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