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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.

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