SCHOOLBOY BREAKS THE PERCH RECORD!
11-year-old bags 5lb 9oz fish to set new British best
TWO out of the past three record fish have been caught from carp lakes.
Although the perch record now stands at a whopping 6lb 3oz, it was the capture of a new national best weighing 5lb 9oz 8dr by schoolboy Dean Rawlings from a small pond in 2002 that many rate as the most memorable of all.
As well as the fish falling to the simplest of tactics, it also served as a reminder of angling’s utter unpredictability. After all, the fish had come from an unknown, overgrown venue, and it had been caught in an age when – increasingly – many of the biggest fish were being caught by well-known anglers from wellestablished waters with form for producing the goods.
When he made the stunning catch, the 11-year-old from Oxfordshire had been fishing with his father Trevor in a tiny pond boasting just a dozen pegs.
Rather than targeting any particular species by design, Dean had been ‘fishing for bites’, using a bunch of maggots crammed on to a size 6 hook.
It was while he was retrieving his rig after it had remained biteless for a while that the record-busting perch grabbed the hookbait.
The fish was in pristine condition, and broke a record that had stood since way back in 1985.
“Dean’s a very keen angler who has fished since he was very small. We know the catch was 90 per cent luck and 10 per cent skill, but nevertheless we are all very proud of him,” said Dean’s dad.
The capture not only made specimen anglers across the nation sit up and take notice but it helped prove, for the first time, the big-fish potential of match/ carp venues as possible target waters for specimen fish.
Nowadays big perch are thriving in commercial stillwaters and anglers are cottoning on to these type of venues.
Some fisheries have even began to stock specimen-sized stripeys in order to attract more anglers, particularly during the quieter winter months, and these offer the pleasure angler the chance to set a new personal best for this sought after species.
“The catch was 90 per cent luck and 10 per cent skill”