A Fish Of A Lifetime

Well known specimen angler Phil Smith recently realised his dream after netting a huge perch from a Midlands river which weighed 5lb 4oz!


Phil smashed his previous personal best by 1lb after landing this impressive perch from a Midlands river. He built up the chosen swim with a steady introduction of maggots, before twitching his lobworm hookbait slowly back through the free offerings to induce the take.

“I knew it was over 4lb when I got it into the net, but a five-pounder wasn’t even in my mind, so you can imagine how I felt when the scales read 5lb 4oz,” said Phil. “I’ve caught some big fish in my time, but this is right up there with the best.” 

This fantastic cap­ture earned Phil a weekly Drennan Cup award in Angling Times on the 10th of March.