A simple maggot feeder was the tactic behind an incredible haul of huge perch topped by fish weighing 5lb 2oz and 5lb 1oz.
Dan Gale confessed to it being a catch that was ‘still just sinking in’ as the Southampton-based specimen hunter reflected on the session. And no wonder – the two perch for 10lb 3oz were in his landing net at the same time!
Dan was targeting a gravel pit in the Cotswolds when his lobworm hookbait was taken by his biggest-ever perch on the 33-year-old’s very first cast. “I still can’t believe that I’ve had a catch like this. It’s really difficult to get my head around it,” Dan exclusively told Angling Times. “The 5lb 2oz fish was in the net as I was giving it a rest after unhooking it, and then the other rod went rattling off, so I had both the big ones in the net at the same time. It really was incredible.”
The action didn’t end there either, as Dan backed his brace up with perch weighing 4lb 10oz,
3lb 11oz and 2lb 13oz, along with a big bream of 11lb 8oz and two tench, the bigger of which tipped the scales at 7lb 13oz.
He used the trusty combination of chopped worm and caster inside his blockend feeder, but he’s adamant that the secret behind his catch was the use of a Spomb to feed the swim. It was a piece of kit that he used to regularly introduce consignments of groundbait, chopped worm and caster over the top of his feeders. The idea was that the cloud created by the enticing mix would attract the big perch into his swim.
“Perch are one of the most inquisitive species there is, so this is the reasoning behind using this method,” Dan continued.
“I mixed the groundbait quite wet so that it carried the chopped worm and casters down with it, but also created a cloud in the water which is filled with oils and other attractors. “The Spomb is so accurate for this type of fishing, and so easy to use,” he added.