5 WIN­TER PERCH FISH­ING TIPS

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

TRY A LURE IN CLEAR WA­TER

While the river lev­els are low and clear, lures can re­ally come into their own. Try nat­u­ral colours when the river is re­ally clear, and brighter va­ri­eties when the wa­ter is much murkier.

STAY RESISTANCE-FREE

Use the light­est quiv­er­tips you can get away with. Perch tend to drop the bait when they feel the slight­est bit of resistance, and a light, fi­bre­glass tip cer­tainly re­duces this from hap­pen­ing.

FIND DEEP WA­TER

Like most fish, perch will re­treat into deeper wa­ter when it gets very cold. Use a plum­met or bait drop­per to find a hole in the river or lake – this is where the perch can be found.

POP-UP YOUR WORMS

Lob­worm hook­baits are great for perch all year round, but give yours an edge this win­ter by in­ject­ing them with air via a nee­dle and sy­ringe. A poppedup worm gives off plenty of at­trac­tion and vi­bra­tion.

GO FOR A SHELLFISH

Prawns, crayfish tails and mus­sels are ex­cel­lent perch hook­baits. Try soak­ing them in Preda­tor Plus or Krill liq­uid to give your­self an edge. These baits also work well on run­ning wa­ter.

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