THIS in-form angler could not have been happier after catching this jumbo perch – but then managed to throw his phone straight into the water!

Charlie Coppolo was just scrolling through the pictures he’d taken of the 4 lb 10 oz specimen when the phone impersonated a hot potato.

Great Wakering, Essex-based Charlie explained the incident, which happened when he fished from a boat on Hanningfield Reservoir in his home county.

“The day started fantastically with my first bite, using a Z-Man TicklerZ rigged on a ned rig, producing a new PB perch of 4 lb 10 oz,” said Charlie.

“Sitting back, I was just buzzing and staring at the photos on my phone when I somehow managed to juggle my phone up into the air and over the side of the boat.

“With no back-up or anything, I could do nothing but just watch the only photos I have of my PB just slowly sink to the depths…

“I had the phone in a waterproof case, which meant I was literally watching the phone sink with the photos still on the screen.

“’Bitter-sweet’ doesn’t quite cut it.

“Still, I got my ‘game head’ back on and carried on fishing hoping for some sort of consolation.

“And I did get it. My next fish was 3 lb 8 oz and I also followed that up with another huge perch of 4 lb 8 oz.

“On reflection I can’t be too disappointed that I don’t have any pictures of my PB, as I did have 12 lb 10 oz of perch for only three fish but it still does sting a bit.

“I’ve got my eyes set on a big pike this winter of 25 lb-plus. And if I manage to tick that off then I really want to try for a big chub over 7 lb from my local river,” concluded the 32-year-old tattoo artist.

Charlie’s perch adds to other other PBs including rudd to 3 lb, roach 2 lb 8 oz, carp 35 lb 14 oz, pike 20 lb 12 oz, chub 4 lb 10 oz, tench 8 lb and bream 11 lb.

He also made the news with a 2019 catch of four perch over 4 lb, also from Hanningfield.

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