This week sees the launch of Angling Times’ brilliant new weekly predator section packed with all the latest tips and tactics to help you catch species such as pike and perch.
Fox’s Julian Chidgey will be one of the regular columnists and he proved why there are few better when it comes to catching predatory fish with this 3lb 1oz perch. The impressive specimen was the highlight of a 15 fish haul from Chew Valley Reservoir in Somerset which included another large stripey of 2lb 15oz.
The former Drennan Cup Champion used fly fishing tactics and opted for a fast-sinking line to get his fly down to the bottom where the bigger perch were sitting and took all the fish in a manic three hour period.
“There’s very limited access to target these huge fish using conventional methods, so I had to switch to fly tackle and this just proves that sometimes thinking outside the box and using alternative methods really pays off,” Julian told Angling Times.