MORE SPECIMEN PERCH REPORTED TO ANGLING TIMES THIS WEEK...
CHRIS WEST 4lb 6oz
A CRAYFISH imitation lure has accounted for one of the season’s biggest perch at 4lb 6oz.
It fell to lure fanatic Chris West, who worked the near bank of a southern river with the plastic critter bait to provoke the strike.
Chris told Angling Times: “I was bringing the lure back through some cabbages about a rodlength from the bank when the perch rushed out behind a cabbage patch and hit the lure hard.
“It powered back out into the river before eventually giving up. It was an amazing take, and even better because I could see it all in the clear water.”
BEN WILSON 3lb 6oz
BEN Wilson’s skills with the slider float helped him put this stunning personal-best 3lb 6oz perch in the back of the net.
The southern specimen angler deployed the tactic in a 12ft-deep area of water on a tiny club lake In Colchester, Essex, and used whole lobworms as bait. The move paid off in fine style, resulting in the 3lb 6oz fish alongside five other stripeys over the 2lb barrier.
PHIL MAPP 3lb 1oz
FOLLOWING his capture of a 4lb perch last week, Phil Mapp returned to his favourite stretch of the River Great Ouse to slip the net under this 3lb 1oz specimen.
Targeting the Linford Lakes stretch near Milton Keynes, Bucks, Phil expertly touch-legered a lobworm hookbait into a crease in the river to goad the fine perch into feeding.
Ben WIlson’s 3lb 6oz perch took a lobworm.
Touch-legering gave Phil this 3lb 1oz stripey.
Chris West and his splendid 4lb 6oz perch.