4lb Perch Tops Haul

Northampton-based specialist angler Jamie Cartwright made the most of a short morning session on the River Ouse landing six perch up to 4lb on lures.


“I popped out with the lure rod for a couple of hours in the morning. I decided to visit a stretch of the River Ouse I had never done particularly well on for perch in the past. All previous attempts to fish it with my usual tactics had failed miserably. Mainly due to the pace of the water and the distance you are fishing at. So the lure seemed to be the obvious answer, particularly after the success I’ve enjoyed recently.

“In my third swim, my lure was hit on the first cast and a beautiful perch weighing 3lb 12oz came battling to the waiting net. The next 30-minutes of intense action saw me catch four others weighing 2lb 6oz, 2lb 14oz, 3lb 4oz, and another giant weighing 4lb exactly before the action dried up. I fished on through a few more swims with no further fish to show for my efforts. On my way back to the car I dropped back into the productive swim and managed to land a couple more perch including another nice perch of 2lb 3oz before getting off home for a bit of lunch. It just goes to show what can be caught in a short morning session,” Jamie added.