Great Ouse perch makes it 'double four' for Drennan Cup champ

Gareth Goldson is in the form of his life and the moment and his run of stunning catches continued when he took this 4lb 2oz perch from the Great Ouse.

The Dynamite Baits angler had set his sights on a ‘four’ from a stillwater and a river this winter and he achieved the former earlier in the month with a stunning 4lb 7oz specimen from Grafham Water.

Determined to achieve his overall goal before the end of the year, he headed to hotspot on the Bedfordshire waterway and took a number of fish over 2lb on lure fishing tactics in the early stages.

But it was a switch to legered maggot and worm that brought about the desired response. After feeding the spot steadily for an hour, the tip eventually pulled around slowly.

“It felt too big to be a perch and thought it was maybe a tench or bream to start with but then the head shaking started and knew I was attached to an Ouse giant,” explained Gareth.

“I thought my target of catching 4lb plus perch from a river and a lake over winter was achievable but I never expected to get the job done so quickly,” he added.