RETIRED Fred Healey - twice an Angler's Mail Specimen Cup champion - still fishes throughout the winter and on his latest trip was rewarded with two specimen perch within an hour of each other.

Uckfield, East Sussex-based Fred tackled a Kent lake and kick-started with a giant 4 lb 6 oz 8 dr perch before a 4 lb 8 oz specimen.

Fred said: “I had five perch in total and landed not only one 4 lb-plus perch, but I had two. All fish fell to my usual tactics of livebaits float fished on a size 6 hook.

“Initially I thought that I caught the same perch twice in an hour, however on closer inspection I can clearly see that they are different fish.

“These two perch take my total of 4 lb-plus perch to 41 but I’m sure that along the way there have been a few repeat captures. I have had four 5 lb perch to 5 lb 8 oz, a total I am really pleased with,” added Fred.

This is a short version of the story that appeared in Angler’s Mail printed magazine. Get the magazine every week for top tips, big news, best products, and venues that are in form.

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