When Chris Mount went fishing for livebaits for an upcoming pike session the last thing he expected to catch was this stunning 4lb 2oz perch.
The Bedfordshire-based rod had embarked on an early season predator trip on the Jordan’s Mill stretch of the River Ivel and set up a light waggler rig to catch minnows for bait.
But his rhythm was soon disrupted when the float went under and the culprit shot off.
Convinced a small jack pike had taken his maggot hookbait he waited for the 2lb line to break but the tension set in once the distinctive dorsal fin of a large stripy broke the surface.
“I couldn’t believe it and I knew I had to take my time as I was using very light gear. It was a huge surprise but I’m delighted as it beat my previous best for the species by 10oz,” said Chris.