Stunning 4lb 3oz perch caught by Neill Stephen

Big perch don’t come much better looking than this 4lb 3oz fish landed by specimen all-rounder Neill Stephen.

After returning from a trip to India that produced mahseer to well over 60lb, the angler, from south west London, continued his run of big-fish form after landing the large stripey while fishing on a local stillwater.

It’s the first perch over 4lb Neill has caught for almost four years, and the Drennan Cup contender fooled the impressive specimen by presenting a roach livebait beneath a small red foam ball that was soaked in Archie Braddock’s ‘perch magic’ flavouring. He landed the fish using 5lb line and a size 6 hook.