Enjoying my fishing – that’s what it’s all about (Perch, entry 538)

I enjoyed my perch fishing so much last week that I decided to continue down the same path this time round. Again, spinning was the method that I employed and I targeted a couple of places, a lake and canal. With both venues local, and my rod made up, I was able to set off in the car and be fishing in no time at all.

As you can see from the photographs in this week’s blog, the successful spinner was a Mepps Aglia fluoro red spoon. I use mostly size 3 for my perch fishing, it’s certainly not too big to deter small fish. Sometimes you catch a perch that is not much bigger than the lure, but that’s the species for you. They will readily attack when provoked, regardless of the size of the one doing the provoking.

Just a small one, but they all count
Just a small one, but they all count

All my sessions this week were short and very sweet. I had a steady trickle of fish finding their way to the bank. Not necessarily big ones, but the reality is that you can only catch what’s in front of you or in the venue. That’s an important point to bear in mind, otherwise we can get disappointed with catching ‘small’ fish.

I do love spinning for perch though, there’s nothing quite like the thud of a take, as a fish connects with the alien piece of metal that has aroused its anger. That’s why it’s not always hunger that gets a bite, very often it’s the fact that you have aroused the natural instinct of a predator to hit out at something that it spots vibrating through the water.

The perch - my favourite fish
The perch – my favourite fish

Although the fish may not necessarily be hungry it just can’t help itself. What we’re doing is exploiting the weakness of the perch’s natural instincts. On the subject of spinning for perch, I intend to do a video in the forthcoming winter series I’m going to put on YouTube. So as they say, watch this space.

Another good looking fish
Another good looking fish

The series starts from December, by the way, and you can subscribe to the new channel right now to make sure you don’t miss out. For those who have watched my videos previously, this is a new channel, designated specifically to angling videos. My original one, which is predominantly fishing, but with a few other things as well, recently passed the one million views mark.

I’m hoping the new channel will be just as successful over time. There will still be the written blog of course, that’s where it all started back in the summer of 2003. You can connect with the channel by searching The Angling Rev on YouTube. Anyway, back to this week’s fishing. I really enjoyed catching every fish but one in particular made my day. On the lake I fished, it is very typical in that there’s a shallow end and a deeper one.

One from the shallows
One from the shallows

Spinning towards the shallower end, where I have caught plenty of fish, a ‘helpful’ passer-by tried to tell me I was wasting my time, I needed to be in the deeper water. I just smiled. Well if he thought it was pointless fishing there, I don’t know what he’d have made of my next move, as I cast into the shallows of the shallows. Just inches deep I could quite clearly see the spinner on the retrieve. I had my work cut out just to stop it dragging the bottom.

Surely there were no fish at all in the area? Well, you would have been forgiven for thinking that, but as the lure drew closer to the bank, out of nowhere came the green and black of a perch as it hit the Mepps hard. A great fish for the depth it was taken from, I took a photograph on my mobile and you can see that above.

Its last meal brought up in the net
Its last meal brought up in the net

Another perch I caught had obviously been feasting at some point prior to taking my lure. As I got it in the net I noticed a small fish was still in its throat, which it then brought up. It wasn’t a very recent meal as it had started the breakdown process, so it wasn’t easy to identify. The tail, from what I could make of it though, was very tench-like and the body shape also led that way. Even though I didn’t catch any monsters, I have really enjoyed my fishing this week, and that’s what it’s all about. Although in all honesty I enjoy it every week. (Published November 2 2013)