This dace caught by Phil Mattock at the Saxon Mill currently leads the board in the race to win the George Allen Trophy. At 12oz it's a proper specimen fish at 57.14% of the British record for the species and will be quite a tough one to better. However, if it's a hen fish then it might have weighed almost a pound last February which is the fish of a lifetime for even the most dedicated specimen angler because dace of such size are very rare creatures indeed.
Great to see the Saxon Mill fished more often and the tremendous dace fishing it offers pursued by more and more anglers. It is fast becoming one the country's premier dace venues, you know — for sheer numbers caught few venues compare with it and now specimens are showing too.