Dan Eaves 5lb 2oz Perch

One of the biggest perch this year has just been landed in the shape of this staggering 5lb 2oz fish. It was caught by Dan Eaves from a stillwater near his home on lure tactics and left him ‘frozen to the spot’ when he caught a glimpse of it.

Dan opted for a fairly large, six-inch soft plastic jig. He reckons the larger patterns can attract some of the bigger fish, and rates them over the finesse tactics for specimens. With overcast conditions and a strong breeze forecast, Dan worked his way round the lake to a more sheltered bank. He could see grebes diving and had a good feeling that a perch might make an appearance. After about an hour, he felt a huge thud as he retrieved the lure and was adamant he’d hooked a pike. But when the fish surfaced, he couldn’t believe his eyes. That fish was the five-pounder, and a few days earlier, he’d landed another perch of 4lb exactly from the same water, with the two fish completing a remarkable few days’ angling.

Well done Dan!