Who am I?

An individual, of no great importance, who is unable to see the natural world as a place for competition. I catch fish, watch birds, derive immense pleasure from simply looking at butterflies, moths, bumble-bees, etc - without the need for rules! I am Dylan and this is my blog - if my opinions offend? Don't bother logging on again - simple!


Monday 18 February 2019

It's a perch!

It seems like an eternity since I caught one; January 6th being the date when I last landed a two pounder and the weather has been on a roller coaster ride in the interim. Two sessions over this weekend have seen my drought come to an end. Two perch taken during both outings, the brace on Saturday would have struggled to make 8 oz together! Sunday evening saw a lovely fish, of 1 lbs 7 oz visit the landing net and, as such, mark an upturn in my fortunes. Several tweaks have been employed, none more obvious than my use of Bait Tech Predator Plus bait soak, which has resulted in my use of bright red King Prawn sections. 

Never has a 1 lbs 7 oz perch been more welcome?

However, it wasn't as simple as that, carp and bream also falling to this latest development. So quite where "predator" figures in the attraction is lost on me. It's just a great fish attractor; end of! I have given myself  three more weeks before changing tack and seeking a new challenge. Is a three pounder a realistic target from this venue? I'll find out over the next few weeks. Whatever the outcome, I'll be back for some more of these fabulous fish next autumn. My methodology and techniques have come on a long way since the "Black Dyke" sessions, let's hope that this can be continued as the adventure develops?


  1. That's a great looking perch and it's good to hear that your perseverance has paid off. I'm hoping to do a morning perch fishing at Marshside this weekend and was going to use prawn with "flavourings", one under a bobber and one legered. I imagine 3lb+ perch are out there but few and far between. Time will tell.

  2. Ian,
    Good luck with your visit, you'll probably need it as the high pressure forecast will do nothing for your chances I fear. My advice would be to stick to the swims between Nos. 15 through to 31 (my favoured spot). I'll be interested in how you get on? Email me if you do enjoy some perch action.
    All the best & tight lines - Dylan

  3. Great picture Dyl... nice one!

  4. Lovely looking creatures big Perch are for sure! as Ian stated above 3lb+ Perch in that particular lake are probably few and far between, in all honesty I have never managed more than 2 just over 2lbs in several visits over the past couple of years, plenty of bream on worm baits though!! and a few carp up to 12lbs too!! Good luck on your quest.