Perch preser­va­tion

Anglers Mail - - 2. 1. 4. 3. -

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!

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