Midlands lad Leigh Laffar has told Angler’s Mail how he’s enjoying a sizzling run of specimen fish – including a huge perch of 5 lb 1 oz, 3 lb 11 oz rudd and 14 lb 2 oz bream.

E-on worker Leigh kick-started the current season with the stunning perch from his local River Soar using float fished gudgeon on a size 4 hook to 6 lb line in the margins at nightfall.

This catch followed perch of 4 lb 10 oz 3 dr and 4 lb 2 oz from top commercial fishery Makins last winter.

He followed up with river carp to 29 lb from the Soar. And last week he went to a local gravel pit syndicate to take the double-figure bream along with 12 rudd from 2lb 10 oz to 3 lb 11 oz.

Full story and exclusive pictures in Angler’s Mail magazine (the issue pictured right). We expect this won’t be the last you hear of Leigh, either!