Long walk rewarded by frantic perch action

A three-mile trek in search of a huge perch ended with Sam Edmonds banking a series of specimens to 3lb 13oz during a session on a southern river.

The Abu Garcia angler took advantage of favourable conditions and set his stall out at first light to target a number of hotspots.

His dad Gary had joined him on the expedition and it was him who kick started the action, with a 3lb 8oz fish falling to a drop-shotted split tail lure on the first cast of the day.

After several hours of prolific sport they headed back to the car but the outing had not yet hit its peak.

“We had a few more casts in pegs we had already visited and all of a sudden I received a quick take which ended with the biggest perch of the session going in the net,” explained Sam.

“We returned to another section of the river in the evening, ending with 22 fish between us by the end of the day,” he added.