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Perch by all means.
Last week, having caught the odd perch when I was after seatrout, I decided to see whether there were any decent perch in the more likely spots. I had a couple of sessions using everything from plugs to livebaits but the results were all the same. Plenty of perch but nothing of any size. I tried with J9f Rapalas, No 3 black Mepps, Home made No5 silver spinners, and live minnows but it made no difference - they were taken by little perch. They must be some of the greediest fish in existence and even though I was using a wire trace to avoid bite offs by pike (I didn't hook any pike!) the little stripeys gobbled them down. I did try a minor experiment by trying to make a snagless weight. I simply sleeved the bomb in a piece of black rubber tubing - it seemed to work but only time will tell.
The only diversions from the little perch were a few bites from modest trout/seatrout on the spinners - all missed and a couple of takes from decent chub on the plug - also missed. Ah well, better luck next time.
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