Kiran Nathan 5lb 1oz perch

An evening session on the River Thames in search of multiple species resulted in the capture of this incredible 5lb 1oz perch for Kiran Nathan.

The London-based angler targeted the river with multiple rods and presentations with the hope of catching either perch, carp or zander, but couldn’t believe his luck when the stripey of a lifetime filled his landing net.

He told Angling Times: “I was convinced it was a pike as it started to take line off the clutch.

“Within a couple of seconds it surfaced and I saw the bright red fins and knew it was a perch.”

The astonishing fish fell to a live-baited dace on a single size 4 hook tied to 15lb fluorocarbon.

Kiran also caught his other target species during the same session netting a zander of 6lb and a beautiful 16lb linear.