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THIS 5 lb 9 oz stunner is the biggest ‘legally’ caught river perch to have been weighed in this country.

Andy Crossley made history when the monster stripy hit his lure on the tidal River Thames, south west of London.

The 37-year-old, from Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, is no stranger to huge Thames perch having landed numerous others to a top weight of 5 lb 5 oz.

For the full stunning picture and catch details, read this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine, out December 14 for one week.