TO LIVEBAIT OR NOT TO LIVEBAIT, THAT IS THE QUESTION (Perch) – Blog entry 643

There are numerous ways that you can fish for perch, one of the most effective is live-baiting. This of course, is fairly contentious, even in angling circles. I share my own thoughts in the accompanying video. Albeit marginally, it’s clear which side of the fence I sit on, as my first outing this week saw me targeting perch with a gudgeon fresh out of the water. If your conscience, not to mention the rules, allows you to live-bait then you must catch fish from that venue.

The first perch of the week
The first perch of the week

On a pool with plenty of gudgeon in residence, I had no problems in catching prey fish for the predator. Fishing with a small free-running lead, I quiver-tipped a lip-hooked fish. There is a certain amount of movement on the tip of course, but you know when a perch moves in! I had just the one take and thankfully it also made the bank, hooked cleanly in the side of the mouth. I enjoyed it so much I was back on the same venue for more of the same a few days later.

A nice perch but still a decent gudgeon
A nice perch but still a decent gudgeon

This time round I blanked, although I did have a couple of dropped perch. Livebaiting is so effective that small perch will readily attack something that is too big for them really. Although this week I was targeting decent fish, as I always do, inevitably something smaller will try and get in on the action. I was back out for a third visit and that’s the one that you can see in the video. It was quite breezy at times but in reality I’m an angler not a filmmaker.

Autumn stillwater fishing for perch, brilliant
Autumn stillwater fishing for perch – brilliant

I enjoy doing videos but I never let them dictate to my fishing. I don’t choose days to film based on the conditions, I just go and the camcorder comes along and does its stuff. In this instance it captured the only fish of the session as well as a couple of dropped ones again. If I let takes develop more then I would probably edge an extra fish or so, but it’s like piking, I prefer to strike the cautious side rather than get a deep-hooked fish.

I also managed a short canal session this week
I also managed a short canal session this week

In this case though there’s just a single hook so it’s not that much of an issue, it was mostly because the gudgeon are ‘too big’ in the venue. I prefer the tiny fish that you can catch in the Staffs/Worcs Canal, but as already stated, bait must be caught on the venue in question. My fourth session was actually a spinning one on the way to a TNS game in the Welsh Premier League. It’s something I do quite a lot and enables me to get extra fishing in. Nothing to shout about but great fun and that’s what counts. Finally, connect with me on my Facebook page, the link can be found elsewhere on this page. Give it a ‘like’. Thanks. (Published November 7 2015)