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There are people in this wonderful world of fishing who we might not know personally but whose exploits, comments and interviews leave us with the overwhelming impression of not just an angler with exceptional ability but of a really lovely, warm person who is liked and admired for all the right reasons. I only met Keith Speer a handful of times but for me he typified all these characteristics, and many more besides.
Sadly Keith passed away, all too soon at the age of 60, beside the banks of his beloved Upper River Lea in Hertfordshire, the scene of some of his phenomenal catches of specimen roach, chub and barbel.
Keith’s float-caught specimen list will probably never be bettered and includes barbel to 17lb 15oz, chub to 7lb 3oz and a 3lb river roach. He was also a keen predator angler with many big pike, perch and zander to his name.