After a late afternoon site visit in Kegworth I headed to the nearby Trent for a chuck of the lures and spin of the...erm spinners. I was soon in the first swim on the stretch with the usual copper gold spinner on winding in under a canopy of trees looking for that big fat perch to grab it. A fish almost surfed half out the water to try and snap it up but missed, exciting to see though. Next cast and a sub pound fish was landed.
After a few of these I headed further upstream to a nice deep channel running parallel to the bank, there was a point above a large slack pool where I could stand and cast to my left along a 30 yard line of lillies running along the slacks edge as it met the flow. First cast and bang - something hit the spinner hard. Turned out to be my first lure caught chub (well chublet) !
The rest of the session saw me landing perch after perch, maybe 20 or so ! The biggest going about 3/4 of a pound. Having now caught what must be about 50 or 60 of these small perch in the last few weeks, the biggest being a fish of 1lb 2oz, I am starting to realise that although the spinner will catch you plenty of perch it can't catch the bigger fish if they ain't in front of you. I will need to work harder to locate where these bigger fish hold up on the rivers I am fishing or suffer more and more of these sub pounders.
I also tried out the new Kopyto jigs that arrived about a week ago. Though I didn't get any interest, it's early days and I need to get my technique right with jigs as I don't feel like I'm fishing them correctly enough yet but once I get that first bit of interest I know I'll soon learn how to work them as the confidence grows.