• Posted: 15th July 2021
  • Author: Team DNA
Despite a night in the pub and the heartache endured by England’s penalty shootout defeat in the Euro 2020 final, Perry Alabaster dragged himself to Monks Pit the following day and was richly rewarded for his efforts.
Having baited an area with a mixture of Secret 7 chops coated in S7 Hydro Spod Syrup and both Crayfish Mini and Maxi pellets, Perry went on to land five fish, including a couple of thirties to 34lb 2oz and the pick of the bunch, a 40lb 2oz common, one of only three 40lb-plus commons in the Cambridgeshire syndicate.
“After a night in the pub watching the Euros final, I thought I’d struggle to crawl out of bed on the Monday morning to go fishing,” admitted Perry. “But with the realisation that the lake could be devoid of all other anglers, I decided to make the effort. As it happened, I had the whole lake to myself on arrival, so chose a popular swim that I hadn’t done a two-night session in since the very start of the season.
“Things went well from the start, and by my second and final day, with two thirties and a couple of smaller fish already banked, I was wishing we’d kept to the plan of filming a new piece for DNA. My record of catching big fish whilst filming isn’t great, but this session would have finally laid that ghost to rest!
“With just an hour left before I had to pack up and head off to work, I had a slow, steady take from my S7 baited area. Once I got the fish in the net, I realised it must be one of the three 40lb-plus commons that reside in Monks these days. Andy Seddon and Steve Haylett, both DNA lads, helped with the photos and confirmed to me that it was a fish known as Arnie.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to catch my fair share of thirties this season and a huge 50lb-plus mirror, but at 40lb 2oz, this was my first forty since returning to the lake this April, and it’s probably the one I most wanted. It definitely made me feel a whole lot better after the England match!”

34lb 2oz