Keith Arthur’s views on the news
Stripeys are caught from waters never stocked with them P
ERCH, at one time threatened, now thrive virtually everywhere. At our Get Hooked on Fishing project at Northala Fields in Northolt, perch were never originally stocked – in fact these small pools were only created to provide soil to cover the rubble from the old Wembley Stadium.
Yet when we netted it to find out how the rudd, tench, crucians and bream we had introduced were faring, small perch turned up. Even more bizarrely, another stripey of around 2lb popped up dead. How does that happen?
Three years ago we stocked 100 or so 10cm-12cm perch spread over the six lakes. These fish are now being caught at well over 1lb.
So, no matter how small your local lake, river or canal is, if it holds fish it will contain perch, and time with a lure rod is time very well spent.
It doesn’t really matter how cold or windy it is when you’re only exposing yourself to it for an hour or two. With the Angling Trust’s Get Back into Predator Fishing campaign ongoing, I’d take as much advantage of it as you can.