The three points in the heading are all covered in the video below.
Although I caught perch, I was actually testing the crucian potential. I’m convinced they are there, albeit in much reduced numbers to previous years.
It’s all good though, and even though you may set your stall out for a specific species, there’s no such thing as a nuisance fish. Certainly not perch.
I fished with the following tackle: Fox Barbel Specialist 1.5 test curve rod and a Shimano DL2500FA reel.
The reel was loaded with 4lb Maxima Chameleon and this went straight through to a Drennan Super Specialist size 16 hook, which was attached via a blood knot.
A size 6 Dinsmores shot and a 5mm ESP shock bead created the six-inch hook-length, with a 1/4 ounce bomb above the bead.
I fished with single white maggot on the hook and fed balls of brown crumb laced with mixed maggots.
I was fishing in twelve feet of water a couple of lengths out.