Big perch brace captured inches from the bank of the River Great Ouse

A lobworm fished just 6ins from his feet saw Steve Miller land a huge brace of river perch which tipped the scales at 4lb 2oz and 3lb 2oz.

After spending a couple of hours trotting his hookbait beneath an overhanging tree on the far bank of the River Great Ouse near Newport Pagnell, Bucks, the local angler decided to try close in where he’d been loosefeeding a few red maggots.

This tactic worked like magic, as his bait had only just settled on the bottom before he banked his biggest perch that not only smashes his club record which stood at 3lb 11oz, but also beats his previous personal best by 6oz.

The Newport Pagnell Fishing Association committee member beat his catch with 6lb line tied straight through to a size 10 hook. He returned to the stretch a few days later to bank perch weighing 3lb 5oz and 2lb 14oz.