Spinning for Perch
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Spinning for Perch is a great way of weeding out the bigger ones. You would be surprised at the size of a spinner that they would take given the chance. This little trip was on a local river in an area known for the odd big stripy which is sometime's half of the battle. I decided to travel up the bank with light tackle which included a net, rod setup and a few spare spinners. This just allows me to cover lots of water with ease. The swims i look for are one's with any type of feature in such as a water outlet, submerged trees etc.

Perch love to hang around these areas and casting your spinner past the feature and retrieving it so that the spinner passes just next to it can bring on instant takes. If not then i cast at different angles and retrieve at different depths to cover the whole swim. I use various different spinners which all catch but i tend to stick to red, green, gold and silver in colour. Whether it makes a real difference i can't say, maybe i like these colours?!!? With all this in mind i tryed about four different swims with a small chub snapping up the lure.
Then i came across a swim with a tree half in the water and cast along the side if it. I retrieved the spinner slowly allowing it to sink down a little and just as i went to lift it out of the water a Perch came out from under the tree and grabbed the spinner. That was a great moment and one that can only come from spinning. And the other surprising thing was as i was landing it another one was following just behind it which dwarfed the one i had on. Next time maybe?!?!. Spinning in late december can get a little chilly but the rewards are far greater. T.Bawn
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