SEVERAL years have passed since I last attempted to catch specimen perch using small livebaits on float gear, but I’m back on the tactic and have quickly been reminded of two home truths.
Firstly, it’s amazing how perch as small as 6-8 oz will engulf a 1-2 oz rudd, roach or bleak.
Secondly, and most importantly, you must stay alert and strike immediately at any sign of a bite, to avoid deep-hooking perch.
I’m using a size 10 treble hook on a wire trace on my livebait rig in case of pike interventions, and I’m happy to report that all of the small perch so far have been liphooked, easily unhooked and swam off unharmed.
I’ve caught larger stripys to over 1 lb on worm rigs fished alongside, but I’m backing the livebait approach to bring me a much larger fish or two to report soon!