Catch perch on prawns

THIS WEEK: Float­fish with prawns for a per­sonal best perch

Angling Times (UK) - - NEWS -

“I be­lieve prawns are so good be­cause they re­sem­ble a cray­fish tail”

WE’RE ap­proach­ing that time of year when perch be­come a re­al­is­tic tar­get on many com­mer­cial fish­eries.

Why? Sim­ply be­cause those rav­en­ous carp are fi­nally slow­ing down, now that most parts of the coun­try have seen a few frosts. And this means that you can use prawns to catch your best-ever stripey.

Even though carp will eat prawns, they won’t be so par­tial to them once the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture drops, which means the perch can fi­nally get a look-in.

I be­lieve prawns are so good be­cause they re­sem­ble a cray­fish tail, and perch love cray­fish.

My favourites are the raw jumbo prawns that I get from the freezer com­part­ment in Tesco.

They’re the per­fect size, they can be cut up for feed or hook­bait if you wish, and they are so much more ef­fec­tive than smaller ones.


There’s some­thing mag­i­cal about watch­ing a float slide away as a big perch picks up the bait, so I al­ways float­fish for them if I can.

If the lake is deeper than 7ft or so, I’ll use a float slider-style for ease of cast­ing, with an in­line olivette to cock it. A weight of 3g is about right, and there’ll be a cou­ple of small drop­per shot be­neath the olivette and the hook.

The float is stopped above by a mi­cro float stop, which will slide eas­ily through the rod rings on the cast. Line of 4lb break­ing strain and a through-ac­tion float rod makes play­ing even a 1lb perch an ab­so­lute plea­sure.


If you are able to, fish close to a fea­ture – by the branches of an over­hang­ing tree, against some reeds or sim­ply at the bot­tom of the near­side shelf. All these places will hold de­cent perch.

Loose-feed your swim with red mag­gots. These will at­tract small prey fish as well as perch.

Ev­ery now and then cut a few prawns in half and scat­ter them around the float – not too many, though, as they are quite fill­ing!

A jumbo prawn on a size 8 hook will do the rest.


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