Perch pb broken twice in one session

The South West region of the UK isn’t renowned for its specimen coarse fishing opportunities, but that didn’t stop John Deprieelle from smashing his personal best twice in one session after banking perch weighing 3lb 6oz and 4lb 4oz.

Having recently moved from Southport in Merseyside to Bude in Cornwall, the 38-year-old targeted the daunting 82-acre Upper Tamar reservoir and struck gold when he put his faith in a simple feeder rig with a lobworm hookbait.

The capture tops a prolific spell for the freelance photographer, who also recently beat his canal pike personal best with a fish that topped the scales at 22lb 10oz and was caught from the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.