5lb 4oz perch specimen shows Tring's potential

The famous Tring Reservoir Complex in Hertfordshire is being touted as the next British record perch venue after producing its third 5lb-plus perch in a month.

Ken Brown is the latest big-fish angler to slip his net under a huge stripey when his only bite in a couple of months’ fishing resulted in this new personal best of 5lb 4oz.

And, according to Ken, his is a different fish to the 5lb 6oz specimen reported by Steve Aley in last week’s Angling Times, and to the 5lb 5oz fish caught by Hugh Lamerton which appeared in our November 10 issue.

Tring-based roofer Ken caught his fish on a maggot feederfished dendrobaena worm at 50yds while using a different bait on all three rods to maximise his chances on the reservoirs that have always had a reputation for being very hard.

And, like a number of other specialist anglers fishing the venue, Ken is convinced the best is yet to come where big Tring perch are concerned.

“I’ve fished here for years and years, and there has never been a better time for a really big fish. I’ll be back towards the end of the season because I’m certain some of these fish, or other bigger uncaught ones, could easily threaten the current 5lb 15oz British best,” said Ken, whose perch is his third pb of the year following a 12lb 3oz tench caught in the spring and a huge 8lb 10oz bream/roach hybrid in the summer.

He beat the fish with a size 14 Animal hook, a 5lb hooklink, 6lb mainline and a new 11ft 1lb 4oz Harrison rod which he got to christen with the new pb, beating his old best by 1lb 2oz.

Another angler convinced the complex could do a British record is Tony Ward, who captured the venue record perch a few seasons ago, a fish which tipped the scales at 5lb 9oz.

“I remember sitting with the late Alan Wilson discussing Tring’s record potential. I think it could do a six-pounder, maybe even a big ‘six’ over coming seasons,” said Tony.

And another one-time venue regular, British Record Fish Committee member and former Drennan Cup winner Andy Nellist, agrees that we could well see a Tring perch shake the record books.

“There have always been numbers of big perch in the complex’s reservoirs. In 2003, I landed seven four-pounders in a week. A fish that weighs 5lb 6oz now could well weigh as much as 6lb come late March,” said Andy.