Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

THE beauty of a shoal of sergeants is that they can be found any­where – from rivers and streams to lakes and canals. So what­ever the con­di­tions you’ll have a chance of find­ing fish in fine fet­tle.

My big­gest tip is to make sure you fish dur­ing the short feed­ing pe­riod that oc­curs ev­ery day, re­gard­less of tem­per­a­ture. If the wa­ter is clear this will be from 3pm to dusk, but all that changes if there is a tinge of colour in the wa­ter sim­i­lar to that found in com­mer­cial fish­eries. Then, early af­ter­noon is best and sport tails off as dark­ness ap­proaches.

Why is this so? Well, in my opin­ion light lev­els are the trig­ger for perch to feed, and three fac­tors are in­volved –the amount of sun­light, the clar­ity of the wa­ter and its tem­per­a­ture. Noth­ing in na­ture hap­pens ac­ci­den­tally, and even if we can’t un­der­stand it, this doesn’t mean it’s a ran­dom oc­cur­rence.

Although lure fish­ing is still all the rage I rarely do it these days. The fact is it’s been done to death, and the perch aren’t daft enough to keep eat­ing plas­tic. If you find a vir­gin wa­ter, great, but if not, stick to real food. Pro­vided the wa­ter isn’t like pea soup a live­bait takes some beat­ing. Fish it on 5lb line, un­der a Drennan Loafer float and a size 4 Ka­masan B983. If you’re un­able to catch any, or rules dic­tate you can’t, don’t worry – I’m supremely con­fi­dent with a worm, caster and red mag­got combo.

Fi­nally, if small fish prove a nui­sance, try a prawn and al­ways re­mem­ber to use a resistance-free set-up in your pur­suit of perch, ‘the big­gest of all fish’.

Perch are fill­ing up with spawn as we speak.

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