Biggest perch ever to be caught from Dorset

Eagle-eyed Dorset specimen angler Jamie Stanley’s sifting of match reports in his local newspapers paid off when he banked this personal best 4lb 14oz perch on a floatfished roach livebait.

Reading about match anglers catching big perch on luncheon meat a few years back put the Poole boat builder on the trail of a six-acre clay pit, and with club book in hand he started a campaign that was to produce a host of fish between 2lb and 3lb, with the odd ‘scraper’ 4lb thrown in.

All that paled into insignificance however, with his most recent trip that turned up the new best, which the 40-year-old believes is the biggest perch caught in Dorset and beat his pb by 4oz.

Jamie used 4lb line straight through to a size 4 Drennan Carbon Specimen hook, presenting his three-inch roach 10ins overdepth on the waggler, anchored with a couple of SSG shot.