Time to earn your stripes

Anglers Mail - - Match News -

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’.

Dorset Stour

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?

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