FOR RESERVOIR PERCH
RESPECT THE WEATHER
CONDITIONS can change very quickly, so I keep a check on the weather forecast app on my phone while I’m fishing. If a strong wind switches direction very quickly, it can make the reservoir a lot rougher. Think ‘safety first’.
ANCHOR OR DRIFT?
ANCHORING is great if it’s not too windy and you’re fishing in depths less than 40ft, as that’s about the maximum length of most reservoir hire boat anchor ropes.
Drifting with or without a drogue, depending on the wind speed, is another great method and allows you to cover a lot of water.
ONE of the most important items of gear is ultra-fine braid or one of the new superlines, such as Berkley Nanofil. Not only will it help you detect finicky bites, but it will also enable you to use lighter drop shot and jighead weights. I use them between 0.08mm and 0.12mm.
GET THE ACTION
SHADS are a brilliant soft bait, however, not all shads have the same action so if you’re not getting bites on one shad, try another. A pattern with a smaller or larger paddletail can make the fish react.