AN ANGLER’S MAIL contributor has caught the biggest brace of perch to a British angler with a stunning pair of stripys scaling 6 lb 5 oz (main picture) and 6 lb 1 oz.

Darren Starkey was with fellow perch lover Matt Marlow ,who chipped in with a 5 lb beast in a trip to Holland. They fished with top local guide Rob Kraaijeveld.

The pair’s success came when they lure fished close to shore on the massive Haringvleit Lake near Hellevoetsluis.

Darren, 52, said: “I think I’m the World’s luckiest angler as it could have been somebody else out with Rob that day.

“After catching a once in a lifetime dream perch of 6 lb 1 oz in the morning never in my wildest dreams did I think that less than an hour later I would be holding one even bigger at 6 lb 5 oz.

“Two perch for 12 lb 6 oz is utter madness. Our target was to catch a five-pounder and we both did that.

“Over on that lake, which is a massive 15 km long flooded area of reclaimed land from the sea, 5 lb perch are realistic but two 6s is amazing.

“After a lot of research, I don’t think another British angler has caught two 6 lb perch in a day, and the guide Rob hasn’t ever had it happen with him.

“The perch came to drop shotting tactics in the shallower water near the shore with 10-15 gr shads in 5-6 ft of water.

“We caught quite a few other perch over 3 lb and PB zander of 7 lb to me.”

Darren Starkey admires his 6 lb 1 oz perch. Read Darren's new column in Angler's Mail magazine.

Darren Starkey admires his 6 lb 1 oz perch. Read Darren’s new column in Angler’s Mail magazine.

Darren continued: “The European anglers fish for the perch all-year-round as they only measure them and they are after a 50 cm fish, which these will be at anytime of the year but they were at their heaviest when we went.

“I can really recommend Rob as a guide to anyone who wants to aim for a 5 lb perch but this time of the year (early spring) is the best time to go for the fish at their heaviest. These two 6s will still be over 5 lb in August.

“I’ve never caught a four-pounder before so that is my next target back in England,’ concluded the RSPB site manager.

Darren hit the headlines last summer when he became the first UK angler to catch a 5 lb true crucian. It came in an epic catch of four five-pounders topped by a brace of 5 lb 1 oz specimens from Lake Ursjön in Sweden.

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