Sam Edmonds landed three perch for a combined weight of 11lb in the space of an hour – this 3lb 12oz specimen the highlight.
The Hertfordshire-based rod targeted a local stretch of river with his dad, Gary, but with only one fish each to show for their efforts by mid-afternoon they decided to relocate to another area of the waterway.
“Within 20 minutes of arriving I had a good whack and hooked in to a perch that weighed 3lb 9oz, caught on a jigged Berkley Ripple Shad,” said Sam. “On my very next cast I landed a fish of 3lb 11oz.”
The best was still to come, however, and after casting tight to a large snag he landed the largest perch of the day, which measured 48cm.
“The bigger fish were very empty and I think all three will probably weigh over 4lbs towards the end of the season,” he added.