Teenage angler Edward Frost caught the “fish of a lifetime” when he landed what is thought to be a record-breaking perch from the River Bure.
The 14-year-old student from Broadland High School, who lives in Tunstead, is thought to have established a new Broads record with his specimen of 5lb 12oz caught at Horning Ferry.
Speaking from his home at Fletcher Close, Edward, who is a member of the local Broadlands Air Training Corps, said: ““I was fishing with my dad and my first cast produced a small pike. Second cast produced another take but this was different. Within two minutes I spotted it was a perch, quickly netted by my dad, who instantly rang home asking my mum to bring some scales.”
The 46cm fish was popped into a holding net for a few minutes until she arrived and the fish weighed in at exactly 5lb 12oz.
“When the scales came that, I realised that I had a fish of a lifetime. I had for sure beaten my previous personal best perch of 2lb 3oz,” Edward, who delivers Just Wroxham and Coltishall magazine, said, adding: “Because it appeared heavy in spawn we gently returned the fish to the river and it swam off without any mishap.”
Amazingly, Edward’s third cast of the day accounted for another pike just short of double figures. He said: “After this, dad realised that luck wasn’t going his way on the dead baits and we went home.”
Dad Gavin said: “I have been taking Edward fishing for about three years and clearly he has come a long way. Although I had nothing to show for my efforts on the day I enjoyed the privilege of netting, photographing and weighing the fish.”
News of this feat of angling was received with considerable excitement by the comparatively few Broadland perch fishing fanatics and Norwich-based Environment Agency bailiff, Nick hailed the catch “wonderful news of the fish of a lifetime”.