The big perch keep on coming

The incredible run of big winter perch continues this week with the capture of two monster specimens from venues not known for their stocks of big predators.

Steven Platt banked what’s believed to be the biggest perch of the season so far in the shape of this 5lb fish after spending a session fishing a small club stretch of the River Glen in Lincolnshire.

The Spalding based matchman, who only started targeting the species late last year, tempted his fish by hooking a 5 gram jig head to a lobworm tail and retrieving it slowly along the river bed close to the spot where hebanked a 4lb 10oz perch, which was recently reported in Angling Times.

The 35-year-old originally thought he had hooked the same fish until he got home to study some photos.

“I was fishing virtually the same spot so when I saw it in the net I immediately thought I had snared the same one as before and had to look at both photos when I got home,” he said.
“It’s amazing how prolific this quiet stretch of river is and to produce two fish of this size is staggering.”

Steve tamed his prize using 10lb braided mainline tied to 6lb Fox Illusion fluorocarbon leader and size 4 Fox hook.

Edward Harrison also enjoyed success on a venue not known for its head of big perch when he battled snowy conditions on Yorkshire’s River Swale to land a giant 4lb 12oz specimen.

The Bradford based pensioner caught his on a Leeds and District Amalgamated Society of Anglers stretch of the river near Ripon, North Yorkshire. After making the long walk to a peg which is often overlooked by other anglers, Ed targeted the a slack area of the river using a simple free running lead rig with size 8 Drennan Super Specialist hook baited with a whole lobworm. He said: “It was a day when most anglers would have stayed at home with all the snowfall but I’m glad I braved the elements to land the fish of a lifetime.”

It is thought that these eye-opening catches could now encourage other anglers to try more relatively unknown venues in search of the sought after species.

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