Catching huge perch is tough but Julian Chidgey went one better when he banked a huge 4lb 12oz in front of the Sky Sports TV cameras.
Following the capture of a string of big ‘stripeys’ in recent weeks, the crew from the hit weekly angling show ‘Tight Lines’ paid the Fox and Marukyu-backed an angler a visit to see whether he could replicate that form for the episode that hits TV screens this Friday.
The Devon-based specimen hunter put in his home-work and had the dream ‘warm up session’ the day before the cameras arrived to land a 3lb 2 oz perch on a lure and then switched his tactics to bank a huge 4lb 10oz 8 dram giant.
“I really wanted to deliver for Tight Lines so I just had to go and get the swim ready the day before,” Julian told Angling Times.
“Once I knew there were a few big fish around I switched tactics after landing the 3lb 2oz fish.”
“I built the swim up with molehill soil, Marukyu SFA400 krill powder, maggot and worms and placed a small popped-up livebait over the top, which did the trick as it wasn’t long before the big ‘four’ was in the net.”
The following day it was time to return to the same peg on his chosen southern stillwater, but this time with the Tight Lines team in tow.
Action was far from hectic, but the only bite of the day was worth waiting for with a personal best equalling 4lb 12oz specimen sliding over the net.
“Catching the first fish was great, but to land the biggest perch ever recorded on Tight Lines was a real honour,” Julian continued.
Show producer Mick Brais has overseen the creation of hundreds of episodes and he believes the next instalment could be one of the most memorable on record.
“It’s rare to catch such a superb specimen while filming, especially when it’s precisely what the angler was targeting. It is definitely one of the best results we have ever had,” he said.
To watch footage of the session, tune in to this Friday’s episode of Tight Lines on Sky Sports 3 at 7pm.
Presenter Keith Arthur will also be joined by top carp angler Mark Bartlett to discuss the sports hottest topics.