RIVER ace Nathan Edgell is more used to catching huge pike and perch but this stunning sea specimen shows another side to his passions.

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Nathan’s brilliant ballan wrasse tipped the scales at a whopping 7 lb 4 oz.

The 47-year-old, from Dorchester, Dorset, Texas rigged a 12 g green soft plastic lure.

The Fladen design was slowly twitched over the bottom at a secret mark.

Taxi driver Nathan said: “I don’t really sea fish but just love chasing ‘preds’ with lures or bait. The ballan wrasse provide a suitable and awesome distraction to summer pike.

“I just love predators, whether it be freshwater or saltwater. And being fortunate enough to live on the Jurassic Coast, over the last couple of summers I’ve had great fun targeting ballan wrasse.

“It’s been a real learning curve as these fish fight incredibly and the terrain they inhabit can be dangerous so always stay safe.

“I’ve caught hundreds on a variety of different lures.

“When fishing for wrasse the moment you hook one they immediately bolt for cover under rocks or into the kelp. The first run is epic and incredibly powerful.

Nathan’s giant ballan wrasse was lured on a Texas Rig Kit.

“I have my drag set so tight that you can’t pull line out with your fingers, but when this fish ran it took line from my reel… twice. Yes, it was stronger than me!

“All I could do was get the rod up to my face level and start reeling and luckily I managed to turn it and get it up before it snagged me.

“It was an amazing creature and probably the fish of my lifetime.

“I used a Fladen Maxximus 8 ft two piece spinning rod 10-35 g cw, 20 lb cable braid and a 21 lb fluorocarbon leader,” he added.

Nathan’s coarse PBs include river pike to 34 lb 10 oz and perch to 4 lb 2 oz.

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