Difficult to mistake for any other British fish, this stripy predator will attack almost anything small enough when young.
Those that live to grow large become for more cautious.
Vital Statistics: Scientific Name: Perca fluviatilis
Maximum Weight: 7lb
Average Weight: 6-8oz
Maximum Length: 20 inches
Life Span: 13 years
The Perch is a handsome fish, with striking looks well suited to its predatory life. Its flanks are olive green with six or seven black stripes, camouflaging it among weed and reeds.
Where to find Perch:
Perch are found almost anywhere. River systems through to still waters such as lakes and gravel pits.
The Perch is a predator which will generally hide in reeds and rushes to ambush smaller fish and other creatures
as they come within striking distance. Although, at certain times of the year, Perch will group to feed on fry and minnows.
An excellent bait for Perch is Large Lobworms. These account for the majority of big Perch caught in the United Kingdom.
Livebaits work equally well. Gudgeon are regarded as the best livebait for Perch fishing. Shiny baits such as roach, dace and
bleak are very popular Perch baits.
In recent years deadbaits have become a recognised Perch technique, and many big fish have fallen to deadbaits fished on ledger tackle.
Authors preferred baits:
Maggots, used as a bunch or single or redworm can catch decent perch. A small fry on the hook as a deadbait can also be deadly.
How to catch Perch - Techniques at a glance:
Freelining, float fished small deadbait, livebait or worm, ledgering, spinning.