QUICK TIPS

FOR RESER­VOIR PERCH

Angling Times (UK) - - SOUTH -

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.

ES­SEN­TIAL LINE

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.

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