I arrived at a club water today at 07.15 to try out my new addition to my rod collection and also to try for a few late summer Perch.I've not actually fished this particular beat since March 2008,though it does hold some nice Perch.I took a little stroll and it has changed a fair amount,since when I last fished here.Lots of new snaggy swims and tree cover.In fact I hardly fished for Perch at all last season as most of the winter was given over to river Pike fishing.And that was a hard struggle from December until the close.That's the problem,for me anyhow and I realise it is a cliche,but some many different styles of fishing and not enough time.
I tackled up and started to fish just after 08.00,deciding to "lay on" with lob worms.But after 10 minutes my bait was getting smashed to bits by Minnows.So a change of plan was in order.I caught some Minnows very quickly and they were to be the bait.Not many Pike here at all,so no need for a wire trace.I fished 4lbs line straight through to a size 10 'ook.
Here is the rod awaiting a bite.
Ten minutes later the float skid across the river and I was into my first Perch for a while.At first it wanted to get under the near bank,then moved out across this narrow section of river and tried to get under a Willow tree.Side strain stopped that happening,the fish then hit the top and looked a good fish.They always look so good in the water.Shortly after the fish was in the net,big smile on my mush I'll tell ya.
I weighed it in bang on 3lbs.But I've since checked my scales, that I take Perch fishing when I got home and they are weighing two ounces over.So I'll settle for 2.14 I should not be to down hearted,but I'll admit to feeling a little like that.I'd love a 4lb Perch this season having come close in the last few years.But I guess that will be down to luck ?
I had two more Perch before I packed up at around 12.30,both were around 2lbs I guess but did not feel the need to weigh them.So a nice start to this seasons Perch fishing and the rod was a joy to use.I did though get this text from a mate,around 08.30...."Bet Treebeards thinking 'fer fooks sake,i prefer being hung on a wall in the dry to being out in this monsoon with this cack handed coont".It did make me laugh.But it was not raining where I was,but started when I left the river.Hows that for good luck ?
That's it now until next week on the fishing front.
So enjoy your weekend and if you out on the bank,enjoy it.