Two contenders for British record canal perch were brought to my notice a couple of days ago and what great fish they are. Dan Sales had one at 4lb 4oz from the Grand Union, probably in
... but Sam Edmonds fishing the urban Lea had one that at Keith Arthur's reckoning went half an ounce more...
|Video still of Sam Edmonds with his contender for 'Billy of the Cut'|
Dan Sales fish is a bona fide canal fish but I'm really not sure if Sam Edmonds fish is because the video states he was fishing the 'River' Lea and if so then it's a river fish and not eligible. Trouble is I have great trouble telling one part of the Lea from another, it being a vast and bamboozling network of canals, rivers and canalised rivers that join, merge and separate from one another all the way from Hertford Castle Weir to the Thames at Limehouse. Just because it's got a steel revetment, a towpath and narrow boats floating on it doesn't necessarily mean it's a canal.
So, is it a canal perch or not? If not then it's a very nice fish indeed but no great shakes competing against those from the Thames and Great Ouse but if it's a canal specimen then it's the largest known. Erring on the side of caution I'm inclined to have Dan Sales as the record holder because there's no confusion in that case — the Grand Union is a canal pure and simple. Where Sam Edmonds caught his looks to be around the Clapton/Tottenham area to me, but if anyone can identify the actual location and say for sure that it is a true canal there, then the record is his.