12 January 2012

In Search of Perch...

I've been reading Chris Yates book 'How to Fish' recently and it has inspired me to put the LRFing (light rock fishing) around the harbours on hold for a bit and to venture inland to freshwater in search of Perch. So armed with pretty much the same gear as I would use for LRF, I hit the road yesterday and headed to a river mark known to produce the odd large perch from time to time. So I rigged up and began to make my way along the river bank, slowly bouncing small paddle-tailed soft plastic lures along the bottom. It wasn't long before my little lure attracted the attention of a Perch and after a spirited fight, the first of the days perch slipped into the net, a beautifully coloured fish a little under a pound or so. It was only a short session yesterday but In the end I caught five or six perch with the best fish of the day, just a little short of the 2lb mark. What a pretty fish the Perch is though, with it's bold stripes, red fins and impressive spiked dorsal.

My Set-up:
Rod:  Major Craft Solpara7' 3" (0.5-5g) Solid Tip
Reel: Shimano Rarenium 2500
Line: 3lb
Lures: Spro and Manns 1.5" paddle-tailed sp's on 2.5g jigheads