|This big perch fell to float fished lobworm|
Everyone knows about the large numbers of carp in our fisheries, but far fewer people realise just how good the fishing can be when targeting these venues for other species, in particular, the perch. Some real monsters lurk in some unlikely places and now that the water temperatures have dropped and the carp fishing is a little slower, it is the perfect time to try for a big stripey! I have been trying my luck on some local lakes and have been delighted with the fish I have found. Pound plus specimens are plentiful, with a 2lb fish a very real possibility, these fish are relatively easy to catch, with red maggot, worm and small lures all producing on their day. Tackle needs to be fairly strong as even a small perch will do its best to evade the net but don't over do it as these fish provide excellent sport on the right gear. Local rivers such as the Brue and Bristol Avon are also known to produce large perch so don't ignore running water. With colder weather just around the corner the perch fishing is set to get even better so I'll be out there trying to tempt an elusive 3lb fish!
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