Growing up on the banks of the River Seven in Shropshire, I suppose it was inevitable that I’d get bitten by the fishing bug.
As a child we’d go hunting for perch, armed with pass-me-down rods from a favourite older cousin, standing on the rocks that jutted out from the banks and casting our little silver spinners underneath the overhanging willow branches. I still remember the first bite that I had from a Severn sergeant as it grabbed at my spinner, the excitement of feeling those intense head shakes at hooking the fish, and then the disappointment of watching the perch swim free as the hook failed to hold.
Fast forward and many years later I’m still as addicted as ever at finding and catching ‘the biggest fish of all,’ the mighty perch, although my fishing tackle has changed a bit since then! Being fortunate enough to now live in Hertfordshire means that I’ve got miles of superb rivers to go hunting for stripes, along with an array of moody looking gravel pits filled with unknown monsters.
A big thank you to Dave and the team at Predator Tackle for letting me share my fishing adventures with you all.
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Perch, Pike, Perch or Zander? - Got to be perch, they don’t call them ‘the biggest fish of all’ for nothing! But happy to catch anything
PB's: Perch 4lb 7oz, pike unknown as the battery had died in my scales (note - ALWAYS carry a spare battery!)
Fav venue: Anywhere on The Lea but love river fishing in general
Most memorable session: Quite recently...Two big upper 3lb perch one after each other with a mate on the river, in a spot I’d fished loads of times before but couldn’t buy a bite from. He had a good 3lb perch too, three lure caught perch in 15mins!
Fav fishing style: It has to be the style that’s catching fish on the day ;)
Fav Lure: Gunki Tipsy-S is a perch magnet
Fav Rods: Currently in love with the Gunki Iron-T Chooten