GET TIGHT TO THE WEIR FOR PERCH AND BAR­BEL

Angling Times (UK) - - TIP & TACTICS -

THE two species most likely to be found di­rectly un­der the weir it­self are perch and bar­bel. Both ben­e­fit from the back ed­dies cre­ated by the pool that will bring food items their way.

For bar­bel, it has to be the straight lead us­ing a big weight to an­chor the bait in the flow. Give the fish a bait they can’t miss – a fishy or meaty boilie or pel­let be­tween 10mm and 16mm, or even an old-fash­ioned piece of meat of a lob­worm. How­ever, it will be vi­tal to use a lead clip sys­tem as this will al­low a fish to es­cape should you lock up in a snag. Also en­sure your tackle is up to the job – that means a min­i­mum of 12lb line and a size 8 hook.

To feed, a PVA bag packed with pel­lets and chopped boilies will en­sure a patch of feed around the hook­bait but be sure to thread the bag on to your hook­link – nick­ing it on to the hook will see the bag ripped off by the flow long be­fore the rig set­tles.

If perch are your tar­get, then in­ves­ti­gate back ed­dies or slightly slower water to the side of the main sill, which is a su­per am­bush point for perch.

A leg­ered lob­worm will sort them out but a bril­liant way to lo­cate the perch is to cast around with a lure rod and a small jig. This will lo­cate any fish in the pool and you can then cast a leg­ered worm to the best spot to try and catch a spec­i­men.

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