LEE HAYNES tempted the biggest dace of the year with this 1 lb 3 oz giant from a free river stretch – and thinks the venue could do a fish over the long-standing 1 lb 5 oz 2 dr British record.

Ruislip, West London-based Lee tempted the impressive dace on feedered double maggot on the upper Hampshire Avon at Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Lee said: “This is my joint PB dace I caught from a free stretch where my army regiment is based.

“I found trotting maggots slow that day so switched to a maggot feeder as the bites were slow.

“The fishing picked up and after a few trout and grayling, I landed this dace during early evening.

“This fish mirrors a catch I had years ago of another specimen dace caught on almost identical tactics, also from a free stretch.

“Even though not a monster, fish like these are the ones I savour most as some will never catch a dace this big in their life.”

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