MORE OF THE SAME (Spinning for lake perch) – Blog entry 583

Watch this week’s video by clicking the link below, followed by the written blog.

It’s quite unusual for me to fish for the same species two blogs on the trot and even more so to stick with one method. But that’s exactly what happens this week as spinning for perch rises to the top of my piscatorial desires. I guess we all like different things, even in angling there is much variety and option, but for me the combination of the method and the species takes some beating.

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

There’s something really thrilling about the thud of the take as the perch hits the spinner. And even more so if you’re fishing in shallow, clear water and you can actually see as well as feel it. The silver spoon stands out in the water as you retrieve it and then suddenly it disappears. The fish has attacked and it’s game on. Especially if you’re fishing with the right gear you really get connected.

Returning a small one back home
Returning a small one back home

This week I did several sessions and all were around the hour mark. Not just spinning for perch of course, but lure fishing in general, is a great way of making the most of limited time. In my case though it’s not always because I’m on a tight time budget, but rather, I choose to fish this way. Although I wasn’t doing it this week, as I know the lake very well, lure fishing is also a great way of testing the potential of a venue.

You can't beat a brace of fish photo
You can’t beat a brace of fish photo

Spending time walking the banks, rod in hand, gives you an insight into what to expect from a new fishing place. Although fish will move, you do get an idea of spots to fish if you return for a less mobile approach. This week I fished with the  Mepps Aglia. It’s a basic spinner but certainly very effective, and the silver spoon was my preferred option, as it stood out very well in the clear water.

Another one on the bank
Another one on the bank

By the time I set out for my final session (I ended that with 6 perch, 2 lost ones and a small pike all in just 45 minutes), I had already decided to continue with the species and the method for a third week. Slightly different only in that I will be on flowing water next time round, the Severn to be more precise. I’m also going to be combining the fishing with my love of Welsh Premier football, so make sure you check out the blog update next Saturday to see how I get on.

Watching you, watching me
Watching you, watching me

Finally, the nature was pretty good  this week, with a little owl falling to the camcorder for the second blog entry on the bounce. In addition, the same evening I also saw two ravens pass over in flight. Just like the owl, I heard them first and that alerted me to them. Even if I’m watching the water, my ears are still switched on to what’s going on around me. And although I didn’t hear them, of course, I also saw some very late cinnabar moth caterpillars feeding on common ragwort. (Published September 13 2014)