Spin­ning and light jig­ging

Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Carl & Alex -

Carl – Alex and I have been mas­sively in­spired lately af­ter watch­ing some YouTube videos. Nor­mally we view the carp and coarse fish­ing videos, but re­cently we have found a group of Amer­i­can YouTu­bers who make loads of reg­u­lar blogs about their bass fish­ing ad­ven­tures. They pre­dom­i­nately use lures and spin­ners to catch bass and, watch­ing the hook sets and bites they get when the bass grabs the lure, made me des­per­ate to head over to the USA and get bass fish­ing! Maybe one day, but for now I’ll stay in Eng­land as we’ve got perch and pike to catch! Alex and I are rel­a­tively new to lure fish­ing, we’ve done the odd bit here and there but when we walked into the tackle shop to buy some kit we were amazed by the choice of lures and spin­ners avail­able. We de­cided to keep it sim­ple and cheap as the like­li­hood is that Alex would cast into a tree first cast! We bought some Mepps spin­ners as we usu­ally do well on these and also grabbed some jig heads and rub­ber shads so that we had a few op­tions. We’ve had a few trips in the last cou­ple of weeks to both of our lo­cal reser­voirs, Ard­ingly and Weir­wood. The perch thrive in these wa­ters as they are never short for food, es­pe­cially now the fry from most species have hatched. The lure fish­ing we have done on Weir­wood has been in the evenings dur­ing our carp fish­ing ses­sions. Weirdly though, we hardly ever get bites while the sun is out but, as soon as it dips be­low the hori­zon, the perch and pike seem to switch on. It must be some­thing to do with light lev­els and when the preda­tors feel con­fi­dent about feed­ing, but we man­aged some great ac­tion with the ul­tra­light rods. The perch seemed to move in shoals and, when they started chas­ing the fry, it was a bite ev­ery chuck. The perch, and in­deed pike, re­ally grabbed the spin­ners and jigs with so much con­fi­dence giv­ing good hook-holds and we rarely lost fish, apart from one perch that I

“The perch moved in shoals and, when they started chas­ing fry, it was a bite ev­ery chuck”

hooked on a jig as I twitched it over the mar­ginal weed. We both saw it come up and snatch the jig be­fore div­ing back into the deeper wa­ter. This was a gi­ant, well over my per­sonal best of 3lb be­cause, when it touched the sur­face, the length and thick­ness of its body was like noth­ing we have landed be­fore. But you guessed it, one last head shake be­fore en­ter­ing the land­ing net saw the hook fly out of its mouth and into a bush be­hind! Gut­ted was an un­der­state­ment. But we kept at it and later that evening I landed a good 2lb stripey. It still didn’t make up for the lost gi­ant, but there’s al­ways the next ses­sion! Ard­ingly Reser­voir is no­tably deeper and the fish­ing was dif­fer­ent as well. We started fish­ing around 2pm while the sun was still bright and en­joyed some in­stant bites. In fact, in most of the weedy we no­ticed loads of scat­ter­ing fry con­firm­ing that perch were hunt­ing be­low. We knew that if we got a cast through the mid­dle of the fry, a bite was al­most guar­an­teed. We mostly caught small fish but af­ter the rain at around 6pm the fish­ing died, but we would be back soon for an­other go! Lure fish­ing is exciting and keeps you ac­tive, watch­ing, walk­ing and cast­ing con­stantly. When I’m next out teach­ing a friend to fish, I might leave out the bolt rig­ging for carp and the float fish­ing with mag­gots and set them up with a lure rod. It can be ex­tremely cheap and sim­ple and, even bet­ter, there’s no smelly bait in­volved! Alex and I will no doubt be back at Weir­wood af­ter that mon­ster perch soon!

The best of many perch landed

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