Keith Arthur’s views on the news

Stripeys are caught from waters never stocked with them P

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

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.

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