Match weights of Ouse stripies close in on 40lb mark.
Anglers are predicting match bags of perch on the river Ouse will soon break the 40lb barrier as competition catches of the species continue to grow.
Match Fishing reported on the boom in stripies on the waterway around Befordshire just a few weeks ago that sent the demand for worms in the area sky high. But since then the fish have really started to show in local competitions.
Just this weekend Preston-backed angler Michael Buchwalder put together a haul of perch just shy of 39lb, with 31 fish. Fishing a Milton Keynes AA match on the Ouse, Michael fished lobworm on the pole at 16metres to a far bank bush to take the match-winning net, which included three specimens of over 3lb each.
“The perch fishing is amazing on the Ouse at the moment. It’s good every year but this year is something else,” Michael told Match Fishing. “There are lots of fish but there are also lots of very big fish too. I’ve had fish to 4lb 2oz on the pole and in the clear water its great to see them fighting against the 17 hollow elastic.
“I think it’s only a matter of time that a 5lb plus Ouse fish comes out in a match, and there are pegs I could take you to tomorrow where I would bet my house you’d catch a 3lb fish,” he added.
Winning tactics for big bags of perch are lob worm and caster, with Michael warning against over-feeding the fish.
“The perch are in the swims already and you don’t need to attract them in,” continued Michael. “A few anglers overfeed, but for my 38lb 11oz net I fed just 30 worms over the caster all match, introducing one every time the swim went quiet.”
Last modified on Wednesday, 07 December 2011 18:19