Schoolboy lands big canal perch

Schoolboy George Taylor proved that canals aren’t all about big bags of small fish when he landed this 2lb 15oz perch.

The Hampshire-based angler targeted his local stretch of the Basingstoke Canal and latched into the personal best after it gobbled up a Firetiger lure intended for pike.

Despite having fished for only three years, the youngster has already started to upstage older members of his family, as his dad, Chris, explained: “His grandad has been fishing for decades and has never had a perch anywhere near that size. George really enjoys his fishing and continues to prove to us all that he is a bit of a natural at the sport!”