3lb 9oz personal best perch on worm

This 3lb 9oz personal best perch was the highlight of an early morning session on a Lincolnshire river for Philip Taylor.

The Skegness-based security guard offered dendrobaena worms mid-river and landed a total of 10 fish including four over 2lb to 2lb 4oz.

“I was planning on fishing two rods but I got one out and started catching straightaway, and then never had time to set up my second,” said the 39-year-old. “The 3lb 9oz fish came on the last cast and straight away I could tell it was going to be much bigger than anything else I’d caught.”

Philip used 5lb Drennan Double Strength straight through to a size 12 Wide Gape Specialist hook.