Targeting Commercial Perch
During the summer months on commercials coarse and match anglers are pre occupied with catching carp after carp on all manners of methods like pole, method feeder or the pellet waggler leaving other species to go almost unnoticed apart from the odd fluke catch. However whilst carp are providing the main source of action one particular species carries on regardless doing what that like doing best, chasing small fry around the margins and snags.
Perch are thriving in the UK and not only in commercial fisheries as some big stripeys have been showing up in our river systems for a few seasons now. Perch for some anglers have been providing some superb action in the winter months when the decreasing water temperatures put the carp off the feed leaving the perch to become the dominant force.
So what are the best tactics to use to catch some big perch on commercials, well any tactic will work providing the right bait selection and feeding patterns are introduced. Legering with lobworms is a great method to use feeding maggots over the top to get the fish interested, float waggler tactics also work well with lobs and prawns providing some great bites and action. If the fishery allows then small livebaits or dead baits have also accounted for some monster perch on cold days when very little else is feeding.
By scanning the angling weekly papers and fishing magazines give big clues to where to fish for the perch but it is also worth trying waters that have not been reported for big perch as quite simply they might be untried and by employing any of the tactics and baits above could spring up the odd surprise, you never know you might catch a new PB or a new venue lake record.
Are there any edges to the anglers fishing armoury that can attract a big perch into my peg, well quite simply yes there is with most bait companies producing a krill liquid plus red attractant liquids like Van Den Eynde’ Predator Plus or Sonubaits Monster Crab Flavour working a real treat.
The biggest give away to locating perch is if any fry are being scattered around the water’s surface or pegs that hold a lot of silvers such as roach and gudgeon. You can be assured perch will not be far away from roach shoals or any features around the margins even if Jack Frost has virtually killed off most of the reeds and weeds.
Key points to fishing for perch on commercial waters.
Ideal water temperature around 6 degrees C.
Baits such as lobworms and prawns are great perch hookbaits.
Take a couple of pints of maggots to loosed feed with or a bunch of red maggots on the hook will tempt hungry perch.
If allowed, break the ice and fish close to the bank as perch control the margins.
Red attractant liquids give your swim a boost alerting perch into your baited area.
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