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Perch and seatrout.
After the success catching mackerel, pollack and scad with my 'radio-active' night-light lure last week I was quite keen to try it in different circumstances. I had an hour to spare the other evening so I decided to give a rejigged size 4 version of the spinner a go, in the river for seatrout. To be fair it was really too early and the sun was still well up in the sky when I started so it wasn't really a sensible test for an illuminated lure. As it turned out the perch were pretty active. Now perch are not all that common in the stretch I was fishing but almost every little pool produced another stripey on my new spinner (actually reconstructed from a very old one). Most of the fish were smallish but the odd one was a pound or so. The target seatrout were notable for their absence apart from a couple of followers which didn't take. I was casting the lure up and across and reeling back just fast enough to keep it spinning. Eventually I had to pack in when the light tube was almost ripped off as I unhooked yet another perch (must use more 'Aquasure' next time).
By now the gloom was setting in a bit (It would have been just right for the defunct spinner) so I thought that I'd try the old faithful, black and silver J9 as I walked back downstream. This time I was casting the plug down and across and letting it swing round in the flow before winding slowly back. The first cast was encouraging as a big bow wave tracked the Rapala up from the very tail of a pool. "Big seatrout!" I'm thinking. It was clearly a bit of a fluke as the next ten minutes produced nothing else. I came to a narrower stretch where the water hurried down a shallow riffle. The plug landed on the far side and I held the rod up as it swung into the flow wriggling madly. Suddenly the rod-tip jerked round and a silver fish took to the air. Several times the fish (which wasn't large) jumped and splashed back before I could slide it ashore. A little, fresh run, seatrout of about a-pound-and-a-half. I unhooked the fish, took its picture and slid it back then I had a few more blank casts before packing in and going home. An interesting session but clearly there's still a lot to learn about using my flashing spinners.
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