PUT YOUR OWN STAMP ON SOFT BAITS FOR PERCH

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

ANY­ONE who has ever caught one of the fresh­wa­ter bass species, ei­ther a ‘black’ bass in Europe or large­mouth and small­mouth ver­sions in the USA, will know how much like perch they are. So it’s no sur­prise that most tac­tics used for those for­eign­ers will work for our stripeys too.

Yet de­spite the amount of lure fish­ing now tak­ing place here we are gen­er­ally miles (kilo­me­tres?) be­hind other Euro­pean na­tions in our lure-based ap­proach. I’m con­vinced that will change as new gen­er­a­tions of lure fish­ers come through, but for now we need to ex­per­i­ment.

There’s plenty to be learned from fea­tures such as those by Phil Med­hurst and Martin Bowler in this week’s is­sue, but don’t just copy. Try flavour­ing a soft bait, or putting in some work with a felt-tip pen or even scis­sors. Ex­perts don’t be­come ex­perts by copy­ing, but rather by in­no­vat­ing. Bear that in mind!

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