Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

PERCH love the colour red – af­ter all, red mag­gots and worms catch loads – so why shouldn’t your feed be the same colour?

On com­mer­cial fish­eries es­pe­cially, perch will home in on red baits but you can stack the odds more in your favour by feed­ing them a mix of chopped worm and caster that’s been boosted with a blood red liq­uid ad­di­tive. The clearer the wa­ter, the bet­ter this ploy will work.

The pole rig is rel­a­tively sim­ple, con­sist­ing of a 0.4g carp-style float with a thick bris­tle to show up pos­i­tive bites. Shot this so that the whole of the bris­tle is show­ing, us­ing a strung-out shot­ting pat­tern across the fi­nal 2ft of the rig to give the hook­bait a gen­tle fall.

On a com­mer­cial fish­ery lines and hooks can’t be too small, ow­ing to the threat of carp. This is no bad thing, though, as a size 12 hook is much bet­ter than a size 18 when it comes to fish­ing big worm baits.

A 3lb perch can put up quite a fight so lines will need to be fairly stout. Look at around a 5lb main­line to a 4lb hook­link, with the bait pre­sented just touch­ing bot­tom, all fin­ished off with a solid No8 elas­tic.

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