Long jour­ney to the river re­warded in spades

Angling Times (UK) - - FISH OF THE YEAR SPECIAL -

Andy Cheetham, perch of 5lb 11oz & 5lb 2oz, Mid­lands River

IN MARCH Andy Cheetham hit the head­lines when he banked the big­gest pair of perch in his­tory weigh­ing 5lb 11oz and 5lb 2oz from a ‘Mid­lands river’.

Both fish beat his pre­vi­ous best for the species, and the dream brace was just re­ward for Andy’s per­se­ver­ance in re­peat­edly mak­ing the 200-mile round trip from his Manch­ester home.

“I’m still in dis­be­lief be­cause to catch a five-pounder is a dream, but to have two in a ses­sion is some­thing I’m find­ing very hard to get my head around,” Andy told Angling Times shortly after mak­ing the catch.

“When I looked down into the wa­ter after a great scrap the big­gest perch looked like a breeze­block lay­ing in the bot­tom of my land­ing net. It’s days like this that make all the blank ses­sions, hard work and ef­fort so worth­while.”

The Per­ch­fish­ers mem­ber banked his his­toric brace with

three half lob­worms threaded on to a size 4 wide gape hook fished in con­junc­tion with a cage feeder rig.

Andy’s 5lb 11oz perch is the fourth-big­gest ever landed.

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