record-perch-jburrowsTHE British perch record has been smashed just days before the season ended – by a huge river fish weighing it an incredible 6 lb 4 oz.

Caught from lower reaches of the River Thames by a publicity-shy pensioner, the massive stripy was part of an amazing haul which included numerous other big specimen perch and another 5 lb 8 oz giant.

The captor, who wishes to be just known as “Bill”, was persuaded to report the catch by his fishing partner, who sent the photos exclusively to the Mail after witnessing the historic catch himself with just hours of the river season left.

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