Nathan Lamb

The Elusive Perch

The day started with the usual running around looking for everything that I did pack the night before, you know the usual things like your rod reel lures bag etc….

Once I was packed it was a short drive down to my favourite spots on the river, once I got there I noticed that the water was extremely coloured and not flowing very much this must of been because of the bad weather last couple of days.

I chose to go for two set ups one on a 10g jig head using the 7cm Western shadteeze in pink headlight (brighter colour as the water was coloured), the other set up was a Texas rig using a Western ringcraw, the Craws normally do amazing in the colder weather.

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So me and my mate kieran started at the first lock and spent a few hours casting with no success and no showing fish etc we moved on up the river.

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We must have walked up the river about 5miles casting every few meters, still with no success, we asked others that were fishing they also had no success. I could only put this down to the very strange weather we have been having from it going from 15 degrees down to 2 degrees with rain sun snow… its like we got hit with every season in few weeks.

So after blanking for what must of been 5 hours we decided to call it a day and re group the next day at a lake we know of it holding large perch.

The next day I went out and bought some large prawns and set up my trusty float set up choosing to set it up with my centre pin, something about going back to the old methods makes me feel more confident in catching.

I made my way to the lake and again met my mate kieran there, this lake we went to had been made to look like a river it truly is one of the best looking lakes I’ve been to, we managed to find a perfect swim were there was a perfect slack in the water, me being me I forgot my rod holder so I found an old cut off from a tree and used that, cast my rod out and then it started the constant action.

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I had a a massive hit that brought my float under I struck it but nothing was there… this happened all day I can only guess it was bream, my mate kieran again as always out fished me by catching a perch that was about 2lb, even though I didn’t catch I never really go fishing to catch I go because it clears my head and is an amazing way to help my mental health and see my friends.

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We have planned to got to this lake again and possibly be joining the syndicate there for the year. Now the rivers are closed this will probably become our go to spot for perch and coarse fishing, I have taken the blank as a learning curve, I think my next time I will use two methods of approach hopefully this will give me an extra edge on catch that new PB

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