JOE ROYFFE is in the form of his life - and showed why with this personal best 4 lb 14 oz 8 dr perch.

The super stripy shows the potential of the famous River Lea which is fast becoming the No.1 specimen perch water in the country.

Local Cheshunt, Hertfordshire-based Joe explained: “I’m truly elated and feel ecstatic to have been fortunate enough to smash my PB for the species three times in as many weeks – it’s almost unheard of.

“Returning to a part of the Lea, that produced a number of three-pounders and my previous PB of 4 lb 9 oz a couple of weeks ago, I arrived in the dark so I was set up and fishing just before first light.

“Within moments of casting out I had a take on my left hand rod but stuck into thin air, I reset the rod and a few minutes later it went off again, this time resulting in a nice perch that I estimated to be around the 2 lb 8 oz mark.”

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