ALEX STOICA has enjoyed a great perch fishing season.... and topped it with this PB perch of 5 lb 2 oz from a secret gravel pit.

The lure fishing ace measured the catch at 49 cm, and tempted it using an 8 cm Savage Gear Cannibal white shad.

Brackley, Northamptonshire-based Alex said: “My PB before was a 48cm perch, weighing 4 lb 10 oz, that featured in in the Angler’s Mail in November.

“I currently hold the perch record for this venue and it’s the first 5 lb perch from that complex so I believe it is very hard to beat my PB over there. I might have a go to Spain or Holland to catch a 50 cm perch.

“These 5 lb perch are very rare in my opinion as it took me nearly three years of weekly fishing to find this fish, which was probably about 150 sessions,” added the 28-year-old risk assessor.

Alex tempted his five-pounder by working the soft white lure on a size 2/0 Gamakatsu 7 g jig head.

He starred on the front cover of Angler’s Mail magazine earlier this year, and took some of the most impressive perch photos you may ever see – click here to check out the best!

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