YOUTH has shone through in angling with Alfie Russell being named the Angler’s Mail-Fox Specimen Cup winner for 2011.

The 13-year-old big fish prodigy fought off strong competition headed by former champion Ken Brown who accounted for several weekly awards from his stints at a Hertfordshire reservoir, topped by a British record-breaking perch scaling 6 lb 4 oz.

However Alfie got the nod from a joint Fox and Angler’s Mail panel for his capture of a 16 lb 15 oz barbel (pictured) and 7 lb 2 oz chub, and his stillwater catches in Greater London of a 14 lb 2 oz bream plus a 10 lb 2 oz tench. He also caught some hefty carp during his season including a brace of park lake 30s.

It was a close call with former champion Ken but Alfie got the decision after keeping all of his catches exclusive to Angler’s Mail.

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