Time to earn your stripes
PERCH have gone from nuisance fish to highly sought-after targets in recent seasons, not least because they are such fun to catch on light lure gear.
That said, they respond to a wide variety of tactics, including float fishing with worms, legering with prawns, livebaiting with small silver fish and fly fishing.
You don’t need a lot of gear for drop shotting or lure fishing, just a bag of lures and terminal tackle, a net, a short rod and reel combo, all stored in your car – perfect for a half hour or hour’s session before and after work!
I always take a roll-up unhooking mat attached to a belt or strap as well.
Now that temperatures are dipping and the leaves starting to turn, perch action is going to get better.
So give it a go wherever big stripys are around, such as this one that I caught at Simpson Valley, Holsworthy, in Devon. Tel: 07881 764655.
Tactics? Pole and seed over seed, or maggots and casters over balled-in crumb for the roach. Crumb feeder for the ‘slabs’, waggler and maggots for bites from the ‘bits’.
Where? Throop Fishery, Holdenhurst Village Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 OEF. Day tickets £10. Ringwood DAA membership £155 plus a £20 joining fee. Tel: 07740 777967.
Barbel and chub, with specimen-sized samples of each on the cards. Roach, perch, bream and a few carp also possible.
Tactics? Trotting bread, pellets or casters for the chub, while legered pellets are a staple tactic for both barbel and chub.
King’s Sedgemoor Drain
Where? Puriton Hill, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA7 8PH. Day tickets £5. Bridgwater AA membership from £37.50. Tel: 01278 45702. What’s being caught? Small roach and skimmers abundant, but quality fish are there, too. Tactics? Maggots with a waggler or pole catch plenty of small fish, but corn can select better silver fish as well as big bream. Crumb feeder for an allout bream assault with worms, maggots or corn. Somerset, TA5 2AW. Day tickets £7 one rod; £9 two or three rods. Tel: 01278 424786.
What’s being caught?