A HUGE summer river perch of 4 lb 8 oz 8 dr has fallen to quiver-tipped lobworm - and the captor had others of 3 lb 5 oz and 3 lb 8 oz the previous evening.

Joe Royffe usually fishes for perch with livebaits on the River Lea in Essex, but finds there is a danger of really deep hooking them with that method this time of the year.

Cheshunt, Hertfordshire-based Joe explained: “Having been fishing on a number of different stretches recently on the feeder with liquidised bread and catching numerous good sized chub, bream and carp, I decided to alter tactics and bait and have a go for the perch, although a little earlier than I usually target them.

“I thought that fishing with lobs and spraying maggots over the top would give me a better chance of picking up the perch as well as the chub.

“By fishing with a 2 or 3 oz lead on a simple running rig set up with a 2 oz quiver tip, I was able to see and hit the bites as soon as the fish picked up the bait to avoid deep hooking, and the method proved successful.

“I had the two other nice 3 lb-plus perch the previous evening from a different stretch a few miles upstream.”

How big will this perch go?

“I reckon the chances of a 5 lb-plus fish coming out of the river are quite high. My PB stripy is 4 lb 14 oz 8 dr which I had last November, and I reckon that one could well go five and a half by the spring.

“Mind you I spent the rest of last season trying to hook another big one with no joy at all so they can be hard to locate,” he concluded

Tackle used was 6 lb Gardner Hydroflo main line, a size 8 Kamasan B983 hook tied to 0.185mm fluorocarbon trace.

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