Q What’s the best way to catch perch from a river in summer?
AAt this time of the year perch are willing feeders, gorging on the seasonal glut in their favourite natural food – small fish, crustaceans and insects. They can often be caught in great numbers on the simplest of tactics. You can fish for them on the float, feeder or straight lead, but for the perfect blend of simplicity and effectiveness, a quivertipped juicy lobworm on a light running leger rig takes some beating. The species will quickly reject a hookbait if they feel any resistance, so running rigs are by far the best option. When using a light quivertip rod to flick lobworms into likely-looking spots along low, clear summer rivers, then a light, running link leger carrying just a few Swan or SSG split shot is the way to go. When using worms, nick on a small piece of rubber band to the hook after the worm to prevent it wriggling free or masking the point of the hook. If you get no indications within 10 minutes or so, give the reel handle a couple of turns to ‘twitch’ the worm along the deck to provoke a perch into taking the bait.
Travelling light means more swims covered and, ultimately, more perch banked