|If you know chub you will like the look of this classic swim |
Smooth water in between turbulent runs with a big snag at the end.
A 3lb PerchThe fishing in February has been difficult with the ground sodden everywhere since last summer and every fall of rain putting the rivers up quickly. I've mainly been putting in short lure sessions on the few bits of river where there is a slack out of the main flow or quick chub sessions when/where the flow permits it.
Last Saturday I had a short lure session in the last hour and a half of daylight at the place I wrote about in the last post. The action is very slow there now with occasional blanks and odd jack pike.
|A perch yesterday.|
I was working the 2.5 inch kopyto shad in red and white slowly along the bottom when it all went solid. For a change it wasn't a snag and the familiar head shaking and a weighty feeling told me it was a decent perch. Even big perch are not great fighters and I soon had it up to the surface where I beheld a really big looking perch. Into the net and quickly out and onto the 'Flyweight' scales it went. The needle went round to something silly like 5lb and i realised I needed to zero the scales for my wet net. Tricky to do with one hand and and the other thumb jammed in the mouth of a big perch. I finally got it and dropped the perch back in the net and it went to 3lb 2oz. The fish had been out of the water for a while now and it was almost dark. Nobody was about at all so, rather than take a picture of the fish lying on freezing brick paving, I decided to return it with no photo. I re-weighed the net and got 2oz -making my perch 3lb exactly. Sadly no photographic proof so this one has the D Heaps 'If you don't believe me - f%ck off' seal of authenticity.
Überdobel: A 6lb chub
|B611 Spade end. Strong hook|
for chub with bread.
|A mighty Cherwell chub of 6lb 9oz. This smashed my PB by 11oz.|