Big perch worth the wait from Derbyshire Derwent

The Derbyshire Derwent once again showed its big perch fishing prowess when Andy Cheetham banked this 4lb 13oz fish from the venue.

With river levels falling and temperatures on the up, the Manchester-based angler packed red maggots in to a feeder and used a lobworm hookbait.

An hour later the action commenced when a specimen of 3lb 4oz found the offering.

But he saved the best until last, with the huge predator showing up in a slack just under the rod tip.

“I recognised it as the same fish that my friend Simon Brough caught at 4lb 15oz last year,” explained Andy.

“Incredibly, it was caught almost a mile downstream that time and would have to pass some strong currents to get to where I landed it,” he added.

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