From the water’s edge

December 2015 - Week in, week out...

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loose connections.

Truth or lie??

Zander drive out the perch?    No they don't.
Low light levels are necessary for perch?    No they aren't.
You need clear water to catch perch on lures?    No you don't.
You can't catch zander in clear water?    Yes you can.
Zander won't feed in bright sunshine?    Yes they will.
You can't catch either in heavy boat traffic?    Yes you can.
Lures don't work in the winter?    Yes they do.
Lures don't work in dirty water?    Yes they do.
It's a waste of time using artificial crayfish in winter because perch cannot digest them?    No its not.
There are no crayfish in here so they won't work?    Yes they will.
In dirty water, you need a lure with lots of vibration?    No you don't.

If you, as we did, believe any of these established truths, you are wrong?    
Yes you are.


..... we go lure fishing. All we ask is that we get to fish in peace. For both Pete and I, that would be enough. We are lucky I guess, sometimes we are joined by Terry who has the same outlook as we do, but who is just a bit better at it than we are. We fish for perch, because perch are the most beautiful and worthy of fish. We do it by using every lure and lure fishing tactic we can think of and our whole focus is on catching more, and bigger, and enjoying ever minute of it. Finding and perfecting new and old techniques to further those ends is what drives us on.

Today, every one of the boxes on our wish list was ticked bar one, the weather. We shouldn't complain, not while we are still watching news bulletins showing people's lives being wiped out by rain in Cumbria. Even so if I have one gripe about the weather lately it is with the wind. I am utterly convinced that it cost us a lot of fish this morning, many of them sizeable specimens.

Enough about the minor inconveniences, what was so good about this trip? Again we found good fish in new water. Almost immediately we began getting takes. They were hard to detect, some of them hard to hit and some hard to keep on. All issues that we could fairly attribute to the wind. Getting takes was already a surprise. Temperatures over night had fallen and this morning was certainly colder than it had been for days and we were both expecting a hard time of it.

As usual, we thought we knew more than we actually do and Pete's first perch, ten minutes in, was over a pound. By the time that an unexpected visitor came strolling up the towpath, he had caught and missed some more. I had caught a couple of tiny Zs and lost a big perch.

We thought we were clever, but Terry was cleverer still. He brought with him some of the much publicised ned rigs, and immediately put them to good use. They were very productive and I was immediately impressed by some aspects of their use. Whenever something 'new' like this comes along, common sense will suggest to me whether or not it has any value, but there is no way to prove it one way or the other without trying it. I am always scared that I might be missing something, which is exactly why advertising campaigns work so well anyway. Successful advertising always generates fear and plays on our insecurities.

In my case they succeed, but half an hours experience was enough to prove that I was right and that the ned rig is not a rig and it is not new, but most importantly it proved that it is a very valuable asset and I shall be getting some baits in asap. It is a finesse method, but no more so than any of the others that we already use. Its critical advantage is the way that the very buoyant lure adds life to the presentation with virtually no movement at the rod end. It does enable you to fish a bait virtually stationery, but so does the crayfish and so does dibbling, even drop shotting does that. In fact the thing I liked best was the way it gave me a bigger, more effective lure to use dibbling beneath the pole.



It caught a fair few fish today, but wasn't any more effective than the crayfish, or retrieved shads. All methods worked well and caught nice fish, zander to 3lbs plus and some fine perch. Three of those were over a pound and three quarters while Pete had the best at 2-8. In short we had a day to remember, good fish, caught lost and missed, good company and a chance to compare a new bait with some old favourites. It was everything that we enjoy in our fishing except for that wind. That wind was like the sock that keeps falling down inside your welly, it nagged away at us all morning, cost us fish and made everything harder than it needed to be.

I hope that you find my journal interesting and entertaining. If, having read this, you think that I am talking rubbish then at least you have stopped and thought about it long enough to come to that conclusion which is something of a result in my book. If you would like to comment on this article or anything else relating to my website, please feel free to contact me using the adjacent form. Feedback is always greatly appreciated and very helpful when it comes to improving both my site and my angling. Thank you for looking. If this form will not work for you, please e-mail me at

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journal 2015.


journal 2015.