Massive perch haul on prawns

Attracting the shoals of small roach into his swim proved to be the key to success for John Deprieelle, who landed an impressive 42 perch ranging in weight from 1lb 8oz up to 3lb 8oz in a single afternoon from Upper Tamar Lake in Cornwall.

The Bude-based freelance photographer started his session at the 81-acre venue fishing a groundbait feeder filled with breadcrumb and maggots. After catching a steady stream of small redfins, he switched to a king prawn hookbait, and didn’t have long to wait for the resident predators to show an interest.

He said: “This tactic of drawing the prey fish in has served me well in the past. It’s certainly worth the effort as the action can be non-stop when the perch arrive.”

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