Gord Burton smashes his personal best perch at Loch Ken

Gord Burton may be better known as ‘The Piking Pirate’ but he’s no slouch at catching other species, as he showed by banking this personal-best 4lb 7oz perch from Scotland’s Loch Ken last week.

The impressive  specimen took a paternostered roach/bream hybrid which the Southport-based angler cast to the edge of a lily bed on a drop-off into 25ft of water at the 11-mile-long venue, in Dumfries and Galloway.

“Loch Ken is one of my favourite venues of all time, and as this fish lay there in the palm of my hand I realised that it was the biggest perch I’d ever seen.

“It seemed to be spawned out, so God only knows how big it would have been if I’d caught it a month ago. The pike fishing on Loch Ken is really tough at present, but catching this very special fish more than makes up for it!” said a delighted Gord.