(This catch was taken before the end of the river season on March 15th)
WHEN young Finley Chase set off for a day’s fishing with his grandad, he could never have expected to land this huge 4lb 6oz perch – a fish most anglers go a lifetime without catching.
The seven-year-old was fishing the River Lea, where he roved around using small roach for bait. The tactic is well-known for tempting big stripeys, but nobody could have prepared him for what the day held in store.
“Finley has been fishing with me and his dad since he was four, and loves going whatever the weather,” his grandad Mark told us.
“He was using a spinning rod and a float and was moving about to find the fish. The perch fought hard, and when it surfaced, you could certainly say he got a shock!”
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