I love perch and I love catching them on ultra light tactics. Using lures less than 5g is a great way to bag some stripys and the takes are awesome! Luckily for me I knew the perfect spot.
The local river I had in mind is heavily overgrown and as a result very few people fish it. With a width of only 4m it was perfect for the ultra light approach I had in mind. It has loads of perch, chub, trout and the occasional pike in it. With only a short session before the school run I was keen to get on the bank
I was after perch so I opted for my ultra light set up which was as follows:
- Rod – 7ft 2in Sakura Stingray, 0.4-7g casting weight
- Reel – Shimano Rarenium 1000FA
- Line – 8lb Super PE 4 Strand braid
- Lures – Vibro Shad
As soon as I got to the river I noticed how clear it was. This was good in terms of visibility but bad in terms of weed growth. It was everywhere! After scrambling through the undergrowth and getting third degree nettle stings I was ready for my first cast. On went the Vibro Shad by ATproducts in Hot Spot Orange onto a size 6 2g jighead. At only 50mm in length surely everything will want to eat it.
I flicked it out to the far bank which was all of 4 metres away and instantly began the retrieve to avoid the weed. Tap tap tap! Not two turns in and I was getting some attention from the perch. I continued the retrieve but nothing followed.
I flicked it out again but this time I let it sink for 2 seconds, roughly two feet. I twitched the Vibro Shad into action and BOOM! The rod came to life as perch no1 dived for the depths! FISH ON!! After a bit of bobbing and weaving I had him under control and gently swung him out. At just a few ounces he was the perfect specimen and showed a serious liking for the Vibro Shad!
I quickly returned him and cast again. I was almost instantly rewarded with fish number two, another fin perfect stripy which succumbed to the Vibro Shad by ATproducts. There is clearly something they like about this outstanding little lure!
I had a quick cast in the shallows and watched as the Vibro Shad did its stuff. I was amazed at the action. The tail vibrated beautifully and the body moved from side to side even on a slow retrieve, no wonder they were nailing it, It looked perfect!
With a hat trick on my mind I cast slightly upstream and brought the Vibro Shad back towards me. Tap Tap tap! They were there again! As the Vibro came into view I noticed a grey shape stalking behind. It was a chub! But I soon ran out of water and it melted back into the depths. Bugger, no hat trick this time! Unfortunately I had to move as a load of unhappy wasps had suddenly joined the party.
The next swim was equally overgrown but a lot shallower. In the middle of the channel was a tangled mess of weed, perfect stripy house. Out went the Vibro and I managed to bounce it under the trailing fringe of the weed. I paused and let the lure hit the deck in about 2 foot of water. As I twitched the rod tip Mr Perch shot out from deep in the weed and grabbed it!! FISH ON!! I love it when a plan comes together! A quick shot and back he went
This was amazing fun! In such clear water it was awesome to see the fish nail the lure with such aggression. As there was nowhere else to fish in this swim I decided to move on. I soon came across an absolute belter of a peg. A tree was completely across the channel and its tangled maze of roots and branches was to good to resist.
I waded in and balanced on one of the sunken branches as I tee’d up my next cast. I say ‘cast’ it was more of a drop from the end of my rod! I let the Vibro sink and I watched it disappear from sight in the silt I had disturbed. The flow also helped to push it under a load of flood debris. I was excited as I cranked the rod handle, eyes fixed on the water. Suddenly out of the silt stained water the Vibro Shad emerged and there, behind it was a cracking perch, and I had a ring side seat. I continued the retrieved but it was curtains for the Vibro Shad as the perch, fin up, absolutely nailed the lure!! FISH ON!!!
Now the fun really began as I realised there was no room to lift the rod! It made for the cover of the flood debris as I clamped down on the drag. Thankfully he stopped and turned towards me. He then swam straight at me, my line went slack as I couldn’t keep up with his blistering run and then he darted back under the debris. I tightened in to him, releived that the hook had stayed in place and once again managed to get him under control. With all the leverage I could manage I got him with in grabbing range. A second later and I had him safely in my hand. Phew!!
At a shade over a pound he wasn’t huge but amazing fun from such a tight spot and to see it all unfold before your eyes is priceless. What a great session with the Vibro Shad by ATproducts. The best thing is there are still two more colours to try!!