IT’S sum­mer – dig out your lure fish­ing gear! No, I’ve not had a bump on the head, but hav­ing read Sam Ed­monds’ bril­liant perch-catch­ing fea­ture this week I may have to re­think my fish­ing sea­sons.

If, like me, you put away your drop shot and lure fish­ing gear at the first sign of spring, and don’t get it out of the shed un­til the first Oc­to­ber frosts, you could be miss­ing out on a lot of qual­ity fish.

Lure fish­ing has be­come a year-round style in the UK and although I reg­u­larly use all man­ner of lures off the rocks while sea fish­ing in sum­mer, for some rea­son I’ve never given it a go for coarse fish in the warmer months.

As Sam re­veals, it’s fun, it catches a lot of fish, and any­one look­ing to get kids do­ing some­thing other than chas­ing Poke­mon or be­ing glued to the TV dur­ing the school hol­i­days should take a look at this cool and sim­ple way of fish­ing.

I was also in­spired by Martin Bowler’s roach fea­ture in this is­sue – the river by me teems with sil­ver­fish at the mo­ment, and I know that a bit of time spent in the right place could yield a de­cent fish or two, or even a nice bag. So now I’m faced with a dilemma – should I fol­low Sam’s ad­vice and go for a big perch or chub on lures, or try Martin’s tactics and fish for roach on the feeder? Well, there are two days in the week­end…

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