RIVERS and stillwaters the length and breadth of the country are throwing up monster stripys.

This stunning 5 lb 2 oz perch from the River Lea in Hertfordshire is a prime example that anglers haven’t had it so good when it comes to specimen perch sport.

Captor Gary Collins said: ‘I am certain the perch have turned their attention to the vast hordes of crayfish.

‘This fish was simply huge and I have never seen anything like it – it was as round as a football.’

Gary is an Angler’s Mail Fox Specimen Cup weekly winner and nets himself a cheque for £50 plus a fantastic tackle prize from our sponsors. Check out the latest on this great competition in p.8/9.

If you can’t to catch big perch from rivers, but still have the chance of pike and other predatory fish, we have a great Action Replay lined up for you soon!

For the full stunning picture, buy this week’s Angler’ Mail magazine out now in the shops dated January 11.