Still spinning but not dizzy (Perch, entry 540)

If you read my blog on a regular basis you will know that I’ve had my perch-head on lately, and in particular my spinning one. I will probably lay it aside for a while, but in the meantime I wanted to get back out and have a few more sessions.

As I often say, lure fishing is a great way to get your angling fix when time is limited. With my rod already made up, all I need to do is grab my Wychwood shoulder bag and net, and I’m on my way. Travelling light, there’s no need for loads of gear, and the moment your lure hits the water you’re fishing.

A perch on the bank
A perch on the bank

My favourite brand of spinners for perch is Mepps, with a variety of individual lures from the company getting regular action. This week I fished with mostly Aglia fluoro red and Comet blue, both size 3 which is my preferred size for general all-round targeting of perch.

A decent fish in the net
A decent fish in the net

The thing about perch is that they will often take lures that aren’t much smaller than the fish. They see the flash of colour and the vibration, and they just can’t help themselves. Typical predators really, not feeding just when they’re hungry but also when they’re provoked.

A perch swim with lots of overhanging trees
A perch swim with lots of overhanging trees

My sessions this week produced lots of fish, with some of them gracing the page of this blog entry. I fished mostly on a lake with a couple of outings to the canal. They were all short, around the hour and a half mark.

But as they were all, with the exception of one first-light session, up to dark outings, they were prime-time slots. It’s better to fish a few hours at the right time than all-day long when it isn’t.

Posing with a perch
Posing with a perch

There is something exciting about any bite from a fish, but the thud as a perch hits a spinner takes some beating. And even more so when you’re fishing with the right gear, which in my case I am. From the rod through to the reel it’s all designed for ultra-light lure fishing.

I caught a small pike as well
I caught a small pike as well

On the nature front this week I saw ravens. Three sightings in all with a single bird, two and four, all in flight. It hasn’t been that long ago when a local raven was quite a sighting but now I see them regularly. And hear them of course. Cronk, cronk, cronk. (Published November 16 2013)