I'm sat here, at my desk in the study, the Radio 5 Live commentary Newcastle v's Arsenal on the laptop sound bar and watching the activity around the feeding station. I have the window of opportunity to get out with a rod later this afternoon and have decided to have a bash after perch over at our club fishery, Scroggins. I've chosen to use the Dick Walker Mk IV "Avon" paired with the Allcock's Match Aerial centrepin. Bait choice is, my ever favoured, king prawn soaked in Predator Plus presented on a size 8 Fang Twister (barbless) with Middy 5.2 lbs b.s. mono hook link.
Why am I being so open about what I'm doing? Basically; because nobody else ever visits the venue to seek out the Perch, thus whatever I say about the techniques I favour, other anglers couldn't give a monkey's - if the fish don't eat boillies, they ain't interested. A very sad reflection of the modern angling scene I fear. Still, there's nothing I can do to change it, so I'll continue to do things my way and enjoy the adventure as it evolves.
Will this be a two post day? I'll only know the answer to that question when I get home from Scroggins, around 22.00 hrs this evening.
Well I'm now back home. The Gunners did the Toon and the Mancs stuffed Chelsea, not too sure who cares about Leicester or Wolves? I certainly don't. Fishing by 18.00 hrs, I had a blast and finished the session, around 21.00 hrs with seven Perch, two Bream (Snotters!) and an F1/Crucian-type thingy. Best Perch weighed 2 lbs 5 oz and ensured I came home very pleased with my efforts.
I lost a very powerful fish, right on last knockings and, although I can't rule out carp, feel sure it was a Perch which did me over in the marginal snags. Knowing that my carp project must remain on hold, these Perch might offer a challenge because I have the ability to fish the venue at any given opportunity without any requirement to pre-bait or locate fish. There are several swims which have prominent features that will always be a holding spot for these ambush predators. All I need to do is turn up and drop in a baited hook?