A two-year campaign to land a personal best perch came to an end for Neale Woodward when he banked this 4lb 1oz specimen from a Sussex stillwater.
The keen all-rounder had managed fish to 3lb 5oz from commercial venues in the past but was determined to beat the landmark from a local venue containing a low stock of the species.
Despite experiencing countless blank sessions in recent months, he kept faith in the hidden gem and employed a free running leger rig with a king prawn coated in DNA Baits Krill Hydrolysate Liquid.
“As soon as I hooked it I knew I was into a big perch and once it was in the net I couldn’t hide my excitement. This catch makes all the hard work worthwhile,” explained Neale.