WEL­COME

TUES­DAY NOVEMBER 29 2016

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

T’S been a long time com­ing, but in our area it does feel as if win­ter might be on its way. For some an­glers, my­self in­cluded, that’s great news as it means only one thing – mas­sive perch!

There isn’t a still­wa­ter, canal or stretch of river in the coun­try which doesn’t hold big fish and we’re re­ally reap­ing the re­wards of a strong gen­er­a­tion of preda­tors right now.

And the big­ger they get, the smarter they be­come too. Given their preda­tory na­ture, I’ve never found track­ing down big perch to be all that dif­fi­cult...but catch­ing them is a dif­fer­ent mat­ter al­to­gether!

You’ve got to get your tac­tics spot on if you want a spec­i­men.

To help us all out we’ve en­listed the as­sis­tance of our ex­perts this week, with ad­vice on the best rigs, baits, lures and tac­tics for a big stripey, while our front cover star Martin Bowler tells the story of a fan­tas­tic big perch ad­ven­ture. It all starts on page 32.

ITalk­ing of stories, I love read­ing Dom Garnett’s Far Bank col­umn ev­ery week and if you do too then we’ve got a great of­fer for you to take ad­van­tage of, just in time for Christ­mas. Read­ers who sub­scribe to An­gling Times in the next few weeks will get their hands on a copy of Dom’s bril­liant Crooked Lines book – one of the fun­ni­est fish­ing books I’ve ever read – see page 63 for more de­tails. Tight lines for the week ahead.

STEVE FITZ­PATRICK EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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