Livebaiting For Perch (928)

Variety is the spice of life, as they say, and that’s certainly true as far as fishing is concerned. It’s been a long time since I’ve done any livebaiting and so with another short window of opportunity, I headed to the Staffs/Worcs Canal for an hour or so at dusk.

First you have to catch your bait, although that went to plan as not only did I get fish on the whip but they were small enough to use. I’ve had this before where all I’ve caught have been oversized fish.

The rig is very simple, with 8lb Sufix Synergy line on the reel and the rig. It’s not straight through though as the bead is part of a Korum dura-bead. The clip helps anti-tangle, which is important when livebaiting.

The float is a 5g Drennan bob, the hook a size 4 Drennan Super Specialist and the powergum above the float enables the depth to be changed very quickly, simply by moving the knot up or down.

With pike pretty much non-existent (I’ve never had one from this section) the lack of wire trace is no issue. At the very worst, assuming you even hooked into a pike and lost it is that a single hook is left behind.

I had a couple of runs, with just the one fish. A single hook will never be as effective as a treble but I don’t want to risk a deep-hooked treble with a perch so I’m prepared to lose the occasional fish along the way.

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