PUT YOUR OWN STAMP ON SOFT BAITS FOR PERCH
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!