Gi­ant perch!

Brace of 5lb fish and more!

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

ADAY-ticket fish­ery has pro­duced mas­sive perch weigh­ing 5lb 4oz, 5lb 1oz and 4lb 12oz for two big-fish an­glers.

Thames Wa­ter’s Far­moor Reser­voir is a tough nut to crack, but Paul Par­nell and An­gling Times colum­nist Paul Gar­ner proved the 400-acre fish­ery’s preda­tor po­ten­tial.

Fish­ing the wa­ter split into two lakes known as No1 and No2, Read­ing rod Paul Par­nell twice broke his perch per­sonal best when he used a Ned rig to land the two five-pounders, backed by fish of 4lb 3oz, 4lb 2oz and 3lb 15oz.

All fell to a 4ins Zman Fi­nesse Shadz at the Ox­ford­shire venue, and his big­gest was 49 cm long.

“The fact that you can come to a fish­ery like this, pay your day ticket and catch fish like this is in­cred­i­ble,” said Paul.

“One perch over 5lb is some­thing spe­cial, but to have two is hard to be­lieve. It’s still sink­ing in.

Mean­while, our own Paul Gar­ner, has been tar­get­ing Far­moor for sev­eral years and his per­sis­tence fi­nally paid off when he spot­ted a group of fish sit­ting be­neath a shoal of fry on No1.

The Nash-backed spe­cial­ist clipped on a Berkley Pulse Shad in Firetiger livery and cast in the di­rec­tion of the fish.

Af­ter let­ting the lure hit the deck he started a slow re­trieve, and it was then that the new per­sonal best snatched his bait.

“Most of the time the perch are only seen when the odd big fish is washed up dead, but a 4lb 12oz perch was caught from the No2 reser­voir last year by one of the war­dens, so I had to keep try­ing,” said Paul.

“The last time I came close to catch­ing a perch, in fact the last time I saw any on my echo sounder, was three years ago.

“So you can imag­ine what a sur­prise this fish was.

“I was ex­pect­ing a trout to pop up by the side of the boat, but was blown away when a mas­sive perch came up in­stead… what a fish!”

Our rivers have also been in great form for big perch, and a day’s fish­ing on the Trent turned into a ses­sion of a life­time, topped by a 4lb 4oz perch, for bar­bel fish­ing fanatic Matt Marlow when he smashed his per­sonal best in a swim on a ti­dal stretch of the river.

“Over the last few week’s I’ve

fished the up­per, mid­dle and now the ti­dal reaches of the Trent with dou­ble-fig­ure bar­bel from each, which is a right re­sult,” Matt told An­gling Times.

“I started fish­ing for preda­tors with a small float­fished roach, but af­ter get­ting seen off by a pike that was well over 20lb, I switched my ap­proach to leg­ering.

Hert­ford­shire’s Dan Sales knows a thing or two about catch­ing big perch, and his lat­est ses­sion re­ally pro­duced the goods.

He and a friend tar­geted a stretch of the River Thames and fished a va­ri­ety of tac­tics, in­clud­ing Texas and Ned rigs close to snags.

The two men shared the cap­ture of eight big perch that were all over 42cm long.

Matt Marlow’s 4lb 4oz Trent perch – a pb!

Perch of 5lb 4oz for Paul Par­nell and (main pic) 4lb 12oz by Paul Gar­ner.

Dan Sales holds two crack­ing Thames perch.

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