PERCH – 4 lb 2 oz

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PAUL POT­TER hopes that other an­glers will catch chub like this 7 lb 6 oz gi­ant – or even big­ger ones – from the Long­ham free stretch of the Dorset Stour.

Lo­cal Paul re­vealed: “I grew up with this fa­mous stretch as a boy in Bournemouth.

“Some folk will say: ‘Why men­tion the wa­ter?’

“My thoughts are that I hope some­one catches it at 8 lb on a free stretch, as it can be an ex­pen­sive game. Some peo­ple can’t af­ford to fish, with the cost of some of the clubs down south.

“If we didn’t share our sto­ries some­times, it wouldn’t be as much fun, and it en­cour­ages more to fish. Good luck to all who try!

“I had this chub when it was foggy and cold – at 2.30am my rod took off like a rocket!”

Paul used a hook bait hand-rolled by his friend, Steve Down­ing from the An­glers Hook Bait Com­pany, along with pel­lets and hemp. 66.1% of Bri­tish record

ANGLER’S MAIL colum­nist Dun­can Char­man has caught big­ger perch from still­wa­ters, but rates this 4 lb 2 oz River Thames beauty as his best stripy of all.

Alder­shot, Hamp­shire-based Dun­can ex­plained: “It was a roach ses­sion on the Thames in Sur­rey, but it turned into a dream perch ses­sion when a ‘sleeper’ rod pro­duced three big fish topped by this 4 lb 2 oz spec­i­men.

“Although I knew that there was a pos­si­bil­ity of a ‘three’, I never ex­pected a fish of this size to turn up. I fished a small roach live­bait on a pa­ter­nos­ter rig, with 6 lb fluoro­car­bon.”

Turn to p.50/51 for Dun­can’s su­per se­lec­tion of South East preda­tor venues.

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