3lb 3oz perch from Midlands waterway

This 3lb 3oz perch from a midlands waterway was the highlight of several predator sessions undertaken over the festive period by Steve Russell.

The Oxfordshire-based all-rounder found success trotting a roach hookbait under an inline Zeppler float in mid-river.

“Given the abundance of small pike present I had to incorporate a 15lb Drennan Soft Strand wire trace in to my setup,” explained Steve. “I used a single Kamazan B983 with the barbed pinched out as my hook of choice in conjunction with a red maggot to help stop the bait from sliding off. I also managed several pike including one of 15lb 6oz specimen that I caught twice within 3 hours 250 yards apart - she must have been hungry!”