Analysing the lakebed was key for specimen ace Matt Perring when he landed no less than five 3lb-plus perch topped by a cracker of 3lb 14oz.
Testing a Deeper Fish Finder, the Marukyu-sponsored angler discovered a deep hole on Oxfordshire’s Linch Hill Fishery and had an inkling it could hold some monster perch. He fed it with chopped dendrobaena worms before casting a size 8 hook baited with four worms to the spot. In just four hours the Banbury angler caught 11 perch, including fish of 3lb 2oz, 3lb 6oz and 3lb 14oz.
He said: “Initially I went to Linch for an early tench session but when the temperatures dropped and I caught a lovely 3lb 6oz perch I decided to come back the next day and target them instead,” he said.