Enormous 4lb 6oz perch caught on a lobworm tail

Further proof of just how well perch can thrive in the nation’s commercial fisheries emerged this week when Jonathan Smith landed this cracking 4lb 6oz fish from a venue in  the North.

The Chesterfield-based predator enthusiast obliterated his previous best for the species when he targeted his local Press Manor Coarse Lake with worm and feeder tactics to tempt the specimen during a miserable late autumn day.

Regularly casting and dragging back his feeder enabled the 34-year-old foreman to cover plenty of water, and he eventually tempted a bite in freezing conditions by feeding crushed casters and chopped worm through the feeder, with  a lobworm tail presented on a 4ft long 2.5lb hooklink at the business end.

“I lost a big fish on a lure last year that I suspected was a big perch, and I decided there and then that I’d return when the conditions were right to have another go,”  explained Jonathan.

“But when it came to catching this fish it just blew me away ¬ I’ll never beat it unless I make a real effort to fish somewhere down south like the Great Ouse, where there are numbers of big fish,” he said.

The popular day-ticket mixed fishery has produced numerous good perch to 3lb 8oz in the past, including quite a few to Jonathan’s own rods, but this specimen comfortably set a new venue best.

“I’m finding lobworms are catching me far more big fish this season than lures and livebaits are,” added Jonathan, who also recently set a new zander pb with a 11lb 2oz fish caught during a trip to the lower reaches of the River Trent.

For more information about fishing at the venue visit www.pressmanorfishery.co.uk