JOE ROYFFE thought he’d hooked into a zander on the River Lea’s Carthagena weir pool near Broxbourne but it turned out to be this 4 lb 7 oz perch.

Local Cheshunt, Hertfordshire-based Joe was using a lip hooked roach livebait, legered with a running paternoster with 6 lb line and size 6 Kamasan B983 hook.

Joe said: “I was overwhelmed when I saw it roll and realized in was in fact a huge perch!

“I look forward to targeting them again at the back end of the season as I’m certain this fish will be well over the 5 lb barrier.”


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