This weekend I have mainly been thinking Perch! Unfortunately being on call all weekend has meant I’ve needed to be within ear shot of work. So I decided to go through my lure boxes and see what might nab me that illusive 2lb plus perch.
Now I’ve got my known perch killers but I’m looking for BIG perch killers. Now one that caught my eye was a 9.5cm Savage Gear 4play in fungus roach. Now this lure has proven itself to me on the pike and I was sure it would do the work for the perch. I was a little worried about water colour so picked up some bright orange ones to help them stand out. I also had some Daiwa Duck Fin’s in a nice and bright perch pattern. I was sure these would do the work.
The action on the 4play is unreal or should I say ‘so real’.This thing waggles it’s arse better than Beyoncé and when twitched look even better. Just check out the video below.
Now it would be no good sorting kit, going through lures and getting myself excited if I wasn’t going to get out there and have a bash. So first light saw Ben, Luke, Josh and myself arrive at a completely new venue that I was very excited about. It wasn’t long before I was excited even further by the 4play coming good, not for me but for Luke. Unfortunately Luke had left the net miles away and the fish spat the hook back at him before we could get to it.
Josh was the first to draw blood with a perch of about 5oz, he went on to have three of these before deciding to target the bigger fish. I had the next two hits and short fights before the little blighters spat the hooks back at me. Still you live and learn and with a change of hook and method I was sure I would hook up good on the next one.
Ben using the Graphiteleader Corto EX 7'9"
Well Ben was the next to see some action resulting in a lovely 1lb 13oz beauty.
Change of location and it wasn’t long before I heard those infamous words “Yep, I’m in!”quickly followed by “quick with the net it’s rocky down here and this fish knows exactly where he’s going”. The fish was netted without and drama and Luke had just bagged himself a battle scared beast.
Josh had the next decent fish and a new PB for himself of 1lb on the dot. I then think we all lost tackle and after a few knots we were off and fishing again. Midday had now arrived and all had gone quiet so quick lunch stop before getting back out there.
After lunch I decided to give a spot of drop shotting ago. We figured the perch were sat close to the bottom and not overly active at this time of year. So I setup a rig with the lure 4-5 inches off the bottom and a 5g drop shot weight. This meant I could work the lure very slow and twitch all I want without moving position if need be. The lure of choice was the Daiwa Duck Tail.
Daiwa Duck Fin teamed up with the super sharp Vanfook Worm 55B size 1/0
The next couple hours fishing was slow but I decided to stick with it and boy am I glad I did.
Looking forward to hitting this water again, especially when the water is clearer and warmer. Cracking day in great company and plenty of laughs, cheers lads.
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