4lb perch from weedy River Ivel

Mick Burr targeted a small run on a very weedy River Ivel where he landed this monster 4lb perch.

The Shefford & District Angling Association bailiff was fishing the club’s stretch situated between Stanford and Langford near Biggleswade in Bedfordshire, where he used straight lead tactics with lobworm as bait to lure the specimen. The 53-year-old from Hitchin, who regularly fishes the waterway in winter said: “The river was low, fairly clear and very weedy for this time of year but I wasn’t going to give up and I knew there were plenty of these perch in here as I caught one weighing 4lb 4oz just two weeks previous and the swim was fairly deep so I just trotted the worm through the margins and bingo.”

Mick chose a mobile approach, searching each swim as he walked the bank, using 4lb mainline tied direct to a size 6 Korda wide gap hook.