THE man who cheated to catch Britain’s biggest perch has had his claim officially rejected by the British Record Fish Committee.
In January Robert Townsend reported a 6lb 2oz specimen from the River Thames and, to begin with, the angling world united in congratulating the Surrey-based rod.
Within a week, however, accusations began to fly that not only had Robert taken the huge specimen while poaching a private marina at Thames Ditton, but also that he didn’t have a valid rod licence.
At the time Mr Townsend said: “I was fishing with a friend who had a licence, and as I was using one of his rods I thought I was covered. If they don’t want to give me the record, then that’s down to them.”
This week the BRFC announced that the claim has been thrown out because of “too many inconsistencies in the evidence.”
The Environment Agency has since revealed that next month they will be taking Mr Townsend to court for fishing without a valid rod licence.