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Selecting for perch.
I'm not sure why I enjoy catching perch but I do. They aren't particularly large and they don't battle very hard - more of a bump, bump, on the rod than a screaming run. Nevertheless they are beautiful fish and they present something of a challenge because small ones are so keen to take the bait. If I fish a plug or a spinner in my local rivers then it is often a toss up whether the next bite will come from a perch, a chub, a trout or a pike so sometimes it's good to try and select for just one of these species.
Anyway, the other day I decided to try and catch only perch. Instead of my usual plug I opted to try live baits so I took along a second rod armed with a float and a small hook to provide me with some small fish. I managed a tiny roach and a very small chub then the mini-perch began to bite so I decided to try and catch minnows. This proved very easy and, sure enough, as soon as a I put a minnow on the hook I had a perch bite. Interestingly (I think I've mentioned this before at some time) a dead minnow does not hold the same attraction, even if its twitched and twiddled. Anyway, the problem was that the perch were small. Wherever I tried - pools, glides, deeps and shallows, it made no difference, within seconds a two ounce perch would engulf the minnow and hook itself on my little circle hook. This was despite the 15lb wire anti-pike trace that I had on my paternoster. The only respite from catching little perch was one jack but, fortunately it was nicely lip hooked as it should have been. At least I, more or less, managed to achieve the aim of selecting for perch with my tactics.
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