Hugh Miles had every reason to smile when he set a new venue record at the Popular Sway Lakes when the award-winning film maker and photographer slipped the net under this pristine 3lb 11oz perch.
The all-rounder, who filmed the iconic a Passion For Angling series, squeezed a visit to the popular Hampshire complex into his busy schedule and produced the goods when he link-legered two red maggots in a deep area of the fishery.
He backed up his specimen with no less than 12 other predators over the 1lb mark which were all beaten with a rig that was made from a 1lb 8oz hooklink and a size 18 hook.
“The owner tells me that this is the biggest perch in Sway, which is a great result for me because this really is a special place,” Hugh told Angling Times.
“I managed to get another session in a few days later and fish hemp and tares to land several roach over 1lb 8oz with the best weighing in at 1lb 15oz.