Urban perch go berserk.
|Typical perch specimen from downtown|
There followed an hour and a half of the best perch fishing I've known. I eventually broke the spinnerbait so switched to a 2" kopyto on 4g jig head. The bites didn't slow down. Pretty much every cast there were pulls at the bait even if it didn't always hook up. A switch to a Mepps spinner with long worm tail 'teaser' still brought plenty of bites.
|Relax Kopyto. King of shads.|
I returned the following day (Sunday) for more of the same as I was not going to let a concentration of perch like this get away with it. The river could drop down and the shoals disperse so it was time to make hay while the sun shone. I arrived about 2 hours before dark and the basin did not look as inviting with none of the small fish topping and perch-swirls. The main river had dropped considerably from the previous day and I was worried the shoal might have dispersed out into the main channels. As the sun dropped lower things started to improve and it soon looked just as good as the previous night.
In the last hour and half before dark I managed another 15 perch with the best being about 2lb. A few more smaller ones took the lures this time but it was still a fantastic short session.
|Reno killer... Qu'est que c'est?|
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These couple sessions just made me love the light spinning setup I bought even more. The 'feel' of the little Dragon Guide Select rod is superb and I could feel every little knock at the lure. I was able to pretty accurately predict when the next hookup would come after feeling the little preliminary tugs of a perch clearly. The white coloured Nanofil line was great too as it was easy to spot the bites by watching the line enter the water and lure control is improved by having a clear view of the line direction and angle.
It was a case of 'in it to win it' as conditions were not ideal for spinning but a new swim turned out to be a brilliant find. With the many miles of river available around Oxford, location of perch is 90% of the battle and this little venue is a real perch hotspot.
Bring on winter and chub.
One week later...
I've just been down to the same place for 2 hours and caught 30 perch! Morning session this time and the perch were more voracious than ever - attacking baitfish and lures with abandon. I tried all types of lures and they were hammering all of them.
|The author enjoying best perch session ever. This perch the pick of the bunch|
* Apologies to luretour for borrowing that joke. Its the best Polish rubber fish joke I know.