The best place to catch perch is in any hiding place. Perch love to hang out under trees, in reeds or in amongst roots. Anywhere the can lay in wait for the fry. On colder days they will be in deeper water and warmer day the roam around more in the shallows. If you find a spot it will hold more than one fish as perch tend to hunt in packs. Look out for the surface breaking with fish trying to escape.



As with most fish, dawn and dusk are best. Late on a Summer day is a good time but perch are not that fussy and will strike any time of day.



Lobworm is great for perch and will be hit as soon as it drops in the water. Under a float is good but my favourite is a light lead and a quiver tip.

Prawns and small dead baits are also a good bait, especially on still waters. It always worth chucking in a a bit of ground bait in the area to draw in the small fish.

The best in my opinion is small lures. It always results in bigger fish and adds to the excitement, as you can often see the strike.


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Big Bass

The sun is out, the fish are in shore… grab your rod and get out there. Here are my top tips to catching a sea bass.

  • GO LIGHT: Use light tackle, you will be able to feel the lure working much more effectively. Also means you can cover more ground and move easily.
  • WATCH THE WATER: watch bursts of action from bait fish breaking the surface or seagulls diving on the bait fish.
  • WHAT TO CATCH: If there are Mackerel, Whitebait and Gars about then you can be sure that the Bass are not far behind.
  • STRUCTURES: Bass like to hunt in beach surf, so you do not need to cast far. They also like to hang around structures and ambush their Prey. Try fishing rocky marks, piers and groins for Bass using a variety of lures.
  • CHECK OUT YOUR MARK: Check out the areas you intend to fish on really low tides, to spot potential fish holding features such as gullies or ambush points for bass.
  • REEL SPEED: Vary your retrieve rates when lure fishing, also change the action when twitching the rod tip.
  • LURE TYPE: Match the lure/spinner to what the main bait of the area – sand eel, mackerel and red heads are all round winners.

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How to tie the half blood knot


The half blood knot is a firm favourite with anglers for attaching swivels and hooks to line. This knot is suitable for lines up to 55Lbs but you should remember being a form of strangulation knot, it will weaken the line and this can mean you only have 70% of the lines strength.

Below is how to tie the blood knot in a few simple steps.

Don’t forget to add a bit of spit to lubricate the know, before pulling it tight.


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Ready for the new coarse fishing season?


We are back, baby ….. Monday June 16th sees the start of the 2014/ 15 coarse fishing season on the rivers and streams of England and Wales. The coarse river fishing season begins on June 16; the last day you can fish is March 14. Below is a quick check list to make sure you are ready:





  • Join a club / syndicate or select the day ticket water.
  • Research on the forums, Google earth maps and the waters own website. Speak to other anglers and the owner.
  • How do you get there? Check out your route.


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The best way to catch big perch is using small lures or swimbaits. Anything that is about 2” (50mm) long and silver or bright coloured. A small 5 or 6 ft rod is perfect for the confined spaces, coupled with a medium sized real, loaded with 4 to 6 lb line. I always add a wire trace; the amount of times I have been after perch and seen a pike cruise out and engulf my bait or lure, make it worth while.

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You are looking to imitate the roach fry (perch’s favorite snack), so cast into sheltered areas. A top spot for perch hang outs is always under over hanging trees. Natural food falls from the trees, the branches give cover from birds and the small bait fish hide out in the roots. Look out for schools of perch herding the bait fish and the fry breaking / scattering onto the surface.


Perch eat all year round but feed less in the Winter, however the clear waters help them spot your lure. Early morning Spring and Autumn are great times but the best is a warm Summers evening, just before dark.

Check out this clip from Underwater Ireland for perch on small lures.








MOST dedicated pikers only target pike from October to March, this being the traditional pike season. This gives the pike a break for spawning but also reduces the stress to fish, which soon become stressed and gassed up after a hard fight in warm water where oxygen levels are reduced.



Pike are more active in the warmer months and when they decide to feed they often go into a frenzie and snaffle down baits very quickly.

For this reason we do not recommend the use of dead baits until the winter months. This will inevitably result in deeply hooked and often damaged fish.

Pike are perceived to be tough, hardy predators but they do not cope very well with being hooked deeply or kept out of the water for too long.

If targeting pike at this time of year, use lures, but ensure that you are using adequate tackle – they will fight hard. Mono should be at least 12lb and braid 40lb breaking strains and always use a quality wire trace of min. 26lb breaking strain and at least 18 inches long.

Get the fish in quickly, unhook with forceps and release the pike as soon as possible.

Where appropriate, unhook the fish in the water without re-locating to the unhooking mat.

Following a few simple rules will ensure the pike will be returned unharmed to be caught another day.


Lure in the pike

Lure fishing is the only accepted method of piking during the warmer months. This is a much more pike-friendly method at this time of year when fish are more actively feeding in warmer water where oxygen levels are reduced.

Lure fishing for pike using spinners, plugs and spoons is a great, exciting way of catching pike. In summer they will hit lures very hard and give a fantastic fight right to the net.


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When choosing lures you need to determine the pattern, type and size to suit the water you’re fishing. You’ll need to consider the presence of snags, weed beds and rocks to ensure you avoid snagging up.

When casting always cover an area in a systematic manner so you don’t miss those idle fish laying in wait. In deeper water you’ll need to cover all the depths too. Cover all features whether above or below the water line, reed beds, lily pads, drop-offs, ledges, sunken trees and over-hanging trees & hedge lines. Always cover the shallow areas; it’s surprising how many fish will sit in water barely deep enough to cover their backs.

The market is flooded with lures of all colours and pattern designs, some no doubt designed to catch the angler and not necessarily the fish.

I prefer to use natural colours and patterns to mimic the pike’s usual diet of roach, bream, perch and their favourite food, pike. That said, if not successful after covering an area it often pays to use different colours as a change-bait.

It’s surprising how often a naturally coloured lure will be ignored and a lure, which doesn’t seem to resemble a fish at all, will be taken. Perhaps these get the attention of the inquisitive fish that can’t resist the action of the lure regardless of what it looks like.

Jointed shallow diving plugs are most commonly used locally with waters down to max 10ft. The plug will float when at rest and dive when wound in, covering depths to around 6ft. These are ideal for covering a large area above the weed line. Pike will happily come up from deeper water to hit lures on or near the surface.

Spinners are also commonly used, available in weights and sizes to suit all waters but make sure you use a quality spinner or you’ll find the hooks are not up to the job. Remember, even when targeting perch on small spinners, you’re likely to hook a pike in the process so the choice of lure & quality of hooks has to reflect this. Large spoons are surprisingly versatile and are very effective in all water depths and types.

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Locating the best pike swim location


Pike will occasionally group together although not as a shoal as such. The pike’s preferred habitat will need to be found rather than the individual fish – unlike fish such as tench or carp, who send up bubbles and reveal where they are, observation alone will not often tell you the position of pike. To find a likely pike spot, knowledge of the various ambush habitats of pike, along with imagination and perseverance will be needed.


Pike are very lazy, so subsequently you will very rarely find one in rapid, turbulent waters. They are generally found in areas that shoals of roach, bream, chub or dace live, as they never like to be too far from their next meal. As they prefer to ambush fish, they will be hiding in clumps of bull rushes, tall reeds, sunken trees, in slow back-eddies, deep channels, sudden depressions in the river-bed, in holes on the bends, at the confluence of a ditch or side stream and the main river, in weir and mill pools.

The summer will see pikes in amongst the leaves of the yellow water-lily, along the margins of slow-moving rivers and backwaters. In the winter, when the water-lilies have gone, pike will hide in deeper areas.

Still waters

The deep water habitats where pike are found during winter months are not always obvious. Still waters require preparatory work with a plummet to work out a plan of the bottom contours. This is much easier if you have use of a boat.

During low temperatures, shoals of small fish will seek refuge in the deeper parts of the water. The pike is aware of this and will therefore be in the same area mostly, although they can be found in the margins beside reed beds, lily roots etc.


1. In marginal reed beds


2. Under sunken / over hanging trees


3. Near Bridges