Mas­sive perch... on a £1 lure!

Car boot sale buy tempts one of the great­est preda­tor hauls ever...

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - BEN MILES

ALURE bought for £1 from a car boot sale is to thank for one of the big­gest-ever hauls of spec­i­men perch.

John De­prieelle and Ben Hum­ber boated 30 perch over the 3lb mark, topped by a 3lb 14oz spec­i­men, dur­ing a day at the in­cred­i­ble Chew Val­ley Reser­voir.

The Som­er­set venue, widely re­garded as the UK’s best preda­tor water be­cause of its stocks of huge pike, proved that it holds much more when the pair switched to tar­get­ing perch after a pike­less morn­ing.

“By 1pm we hadn’t had a touch from a pike so we changed our at­tack, and that’s when the day turned into the ses­sion of a life­time,” John told An­gling Times.

“Ini­tially the odd perch turned up, but then I de­cided to give a lit­tle lure that I found at a car boot sale a try – and it just went off big time.

“They just couldn’t get enough of this thing – you could see the bow waves made by the big perch as they fought to grab hold of the lure as I was re­triev­ing it back to the boat. The trans­for­ma­tion was in­cred­i­ble.”

By the time they re­turned to the fish­ing lodge, John, from Ex­eter, and Ben, a Fox Rage con­sul­tant from Bristol, had shared in the cap­ture of more than 40 big perch.

“Ben had taken a few fish, but then he found a lure in his col­lec­tion that was as sim­i­lar as pos­si­ble to what I was us­ing, and from then on his catch rate im­proved no end,” John con­tin­ued. “We had nu­mer­ous dou­ble hook-ups, fol­lows and missed fish too, as well as six pike to mid-dou­ble fig­ures.

“It re­ally was in­cred­i­ble and we won’t be for­get­ting it in a hurry.”

The haul didn’t come as much of a sur­prise to John Har­ris, who is Fish­eries and Recre­ations Of­fi­cer at the Bristol Water-con­trolled Chew Val­ley Lake.

He is fully aware of the perch po­ten­tial of the vast venue and says there’s ev­ery pos­si­bil­ity it could con­tain a spec­i­men that beats the Bri­tish record, cur­rently stand­ing at 6lb 3oz.

“I would be so bold to say that this venue is more likely to pro­duce a perch record than a record pike,” said John.

“This is one of the best catches of perch we’ve had on lures, but we have mas­sive catches of them ev­ery year, es­pe­cially to those

fish­ing with flies. I’ve had loads of them over 3lb on that tac­tic, and the vast perch stocks prove just what an in­cred­i­ble venue this is.”

Chew Val­ley Reser­voir has pro­duced more than 40 pike over the 30lb mark since it opened for its an­nual preda­tor fish­ing sea­son, and the big­gest re­ported so far is a 39-pounder.

BEST OF THE LOT

This 3lb 14oz perch for John De­prieelle topped a catch of 30 Chew Val­ley fish over the 3lb mark.

WHAT A SES­SION! John (left) and Ben with just two of the three-pounders taken dur­ing a truly mem­o­rable trip.

CAR BOOT BOUNTY This lure, bought for £1, had the perch queu­ing up to grab it. Quite a bar­gain, as it turned out!

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