Fish of the Week: Perch search

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THE past few trips have been all about perch for me.

A friend of mine recently won Garmin’s Europe-wide fishing competition with 100 anglers logging scores over the internet – and a large portion of Michal’s bag were prime-conditioned striped perch that had me digging out the dropshot gear.

I have a much more lo-tech, friendly contest on the go with another pal, we’ve got tickets for a loch that’s pretty equidistant with bragging rights and a case of beer on the line.

The loch is a bites water, you won’t be pushing PBs but there’s always a fair chance of a hard fighting fish or three. This time of year I’d usually be looking for fish in the reed beds and shallows early and late, putting spinnerbaits, flies or surface lures through chasing active pike and hopefully getting explosive takes. I’d usually save dropshotting for clear cold days when I’m searching for bites but it’s a method I need to practise to get close to how effective it can be.

It’s an active way to fish, dynamic, pretty easy to pick up, great fun and needs minimal tackle. It’s also great when you only get a few hours to go fishing at short notice and you need to get some fish on the board in a contest.

The trick is to not retrieve like you would with a spinner. Instead, keep the weight on the bottom and move the lure gently to induce a take. Feel the bottom, lift up and over snaggy ground to work little lures in and around features where predators like to hide and ambush an easy meal.

With a plastic lure rigged on a palomar knotted hook that sat proud from the line, I got bites straight away, little fish that were lurking near the reeds. It took a while to pick up a proper take, the bait was probably a bit big, the rod hooping over and bouncing away.

It’s good for the confidence but took some patience to get through the electric plucks and pick up a bigger perch as well a feisty pike that tested the ultralight gear but I was after the numbers so I needed to scale down a little and get into the fish in front of me.

A small coarse hook and a broken worm went on above the dropshot weight, sliding the weight up and down the rig to work at different depths. The technique is the same but this time instead of plucks at the tail of the lure I got positive bites and hookups on the worm.

I might not be chasing the 6lb European specimens or pushing for international honours but hunting perch of all sizes in Scottish waters is a cracking way to spend an evening.

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This week’s winner of the Daiwa Fish of the Week is Ben Jenkins with this lure-caught pollack.

A recent trip to Skye saw 50+ fish between two anglers, including this cracking pollack Ben caught on the drop off a rocky point using a metal jig.

Send your entry to: Fish of the Week, Glasgow Angling Centre, Unit 1, Point Retail Park, 29 Saracen Street, Glasgow G22 5HT, or email with a photo and your full address to fotw@fishingmegastore.com

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