In my opinion, we are now approaching a much better time of the year for the type of fishing I enjoy. Predator fishing has got to be one of my favorite types of specimen fishing and lure fishing has begun to play a much larger part in my approach to catching things with teeth and stripes. I remember being far too quick to dismiss lure fishing and always sticking to bait fishing, but that has changed massively over the last few seasons.
The 1st of September marks the opening of Grafham Water and this is now definitely one of my favorite venues. The reservoir offers a real mix of predator fishing, with massive perch, zander, and pike that can be fished for using a varied approach. My main approach when fishing for perch is drop shotting. Sometimes due to the harsh nature of Grafham, it being very deep in places and a mild wind can have it resembling the North Sea, the method drop shotting needs to be stepped up slightly. Generally, when drop shotting on lakes and rivers, a 5-7g weight used more often than not. On certain days at Grafham I have used weights of 28g! It is important to be able to feel the weight tapping on and off the bottom.
It just so happened that September 1st fell on a Thursday this year which, lucky enough, is my day off from working in the Beccles Angling Direct store. So, a boat was booked for myself and fishing buddy Jason Davis. Although the reservoir was bound to be busy on the opening predator day I felt that in around 2000 odd acres of water we would be fine.
o cut a long story a little shorter we were fairly quick in finding numbers of perch, in fact, huge numbers of perch. While lowering the drop shot down beside the boat I could feel it bouncing off the fish, it was thick with them. We enjoyed catching perch up to around the 2lb mark every single cast for hours. It was like shelling peas and between us we caught over 250 perch!
Two weeks later found me and Jason heading back to Grafham. First thing in the morning we decided to try for a zander by vertical jigging the deeper water. This is something I have a lot to learn about and feel like I'm still vertical jigging with my L plates on! Believe it or not, halfway through our first drift, while I was trying a new rod and reel from Korum, I felt an almighty thump while lowering the lure gently down. A quick strike saw the rod bent over double. It’s very important to play the zander gently and slowly when bringing them up it deeper water. Although I didn't have too much choice, as I was on fine 8lb braid, I knew had to take things steady. After a steady but nerve-racking fight, a very thick set zander appeared next to the boat and, at 11lb 4oz, I was over the moon.
The new range of rods that I was using are well worth a quick mention as they performed brilliantly! It’s very important to have a nice fast action blank for this style of fishing to allow you to impart action into the lure and set the hooks when you strike.Watch this space for the great new range from the guys at Korum.