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Old 29-08-2017, 06:55 PM
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Default Your perch fishing experiences

I have decided that next year I will target perch. Although enough information is available out there I would be grateful to see pictures, read stories etc... stuff to get me motivated.
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Small livebait works best. Last year I fished a small lake with big perch. Before I'd only have upto half a pound now two pound was average. They aren't a great fighter but they look bigger than their weight if you get my drift.

The lake closest to me has a huge population of prey fish. It has long been poached for its huge perch. It's huge trout are considered by-catch.

Perch at Loe Pool... 'big as men' said a local poacher to me one day....
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Big Perch tend to go in cycles, one year there are loads of small ones then a few years down the line there are some big fish around, couple of years later again and not a big one to be found. Difficult to pin point a likely venue as many keep quite about their hard won secret places but they can turn up almost anywhere at any time. Big Perch don't like resistance from your rig and will drop the bait quickly if they feel any, totally unlike smaller Perch which are happy to drag your rod tip round and still hang on. My two biggest perch, about 3lb but I didn't weigh them, were caught at night on double lobworm free lined baits intended for wild Carp.
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Good years and bad years for perch is too common an experience to be denied.
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Old 29-08-2017, 08:28 PM
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Default Re: Your perch fishing experiences

As said before a 3 to 4" livebait free lined is almost impossible to beat....especially cast into structure such as a lock or weir.

Worms fished on a drop shot rig also work really well, Perch love the movement.

Again I agree that big perch ( like all fish) go in cycles. ...6 - 8 years ago it was pretty easy to get a 3lb perch from Grafham on the fly with 4lb+ perch only really worth talking about.

Sadly those days are gone and anything over 2lb is currently considered big at Grafham.

For really big perch the only place I currently know that holds them in numbers is Pitsford. .....there are a couple of spots that always seem to hold them.
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Default Re: Your perch fishing experiences

They seem to be a fan of a link or red squirmy wormy as well
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Old 29-08-2017, 09:32 PM
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As there's no pictures yet, these were caught while piking last winter so they weren't the target species on the days - I wasn't unhappy with them though!

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A good few years ago I used to fish the Lower Lliw reservoir near to the Shimano/Velindre big fish fishery (a Sunday morning jolly for a few mates, cracking cooked breakfast in the ticket office/café), this venue had a decent head of perch & all the ones I caught were in excess of a pound in weight. No bait, all on the fly as this was a rainbow trout fishery. No idea what it's like today as the wardens recommended dispatching the perch, I didn't...
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[quote=taffy1;2278508] as the wardens recommended dispatching the perch,

Best eating freshwater fish by a country mile, provided it comes from a clean water habitat.
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Old 30-08-2017, 08:17 AM
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I will be fly fishing for them BTW. I have caught a lot of small ones while fishing my local reservoir for 'bows.

For the past couple of years I have been saltwater fly fishing but next year I want to fish somewhere closer to home - and I relish being able to put kit away without having to rinse it (bar fly line).
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