Early start for biggest perch of the season

4lb 13oz giant strikes at dawn

Early start for biggest perch of the season

by Angling Times |

Shane Close was rewarded for getting up at 5.45am with the biggest perch of the season so far, weighing 4lb 13oz.

After failing to get a bite on his normally reliable Craw lure, he switched to a slimline 4ins-long Fish Arrow Flash J pattern, and immediately began catching a string of small perch to around half-a-pound.

However, on reaching a deeper area of the lake, his lure was soon hit hard by what Shane rightly guessed was a far better fish, due to the savage head-shakes resonating up his braided mainline.

The huge stripey stayed deep throughout the fight, and Shane played it carefully before slipping his net under the deep-bodied specimen, which sets a new UK personal best for the Wiltshire angler.

Shane spent a further 30 minutes fishing after the capture, before deciding to head home and celebrate the catch with his six-year-old son, who is also into his lure fishing.

Shane Close – 4lb 13oz perch
Shane Close – 4lb 13oz perch
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