OK here it is ! The final instalment of our four part series where the UK’s top perch experts outline their favourite perch finesse lures. This time it’s the turn of Simon Nicol who has a huge amount of experience when it comes to catching perch on soft plastics.

Simon with a cracking Drop-shot caught perch from Pitsford.

Simon with a cracking Drop-shot caught perch from Pitsford.

 

Simons Choices

Generic AGM ‘Crappie Tubes’ 1.5”

After a host of expensive Japanese soft plastic from our other experts, Simon starts off with these little beauties that cost 99p for 10 !

After a host of expensive Japanese soft plastic from our other experts, Simon starts off with these little beauties that cost 99p for 10 !

Lure Name Crappie Tube
Manufacturer AGM
Length 1.5″
How many in a pack 10
Fave colour choice Smoke/silver flake
Price £0.99

They are cheap and they are superb. These will catch you vast numbers of little perch. Fished on the drop and twitched back up.

Best on a light 1-2g jig head – for confidence use an insert jig head but it’s not a must.

Light braid and fluoro are essential however – if you can’t use those, leave these alone.

I like simple pearl or smoke, light or dark. Nothing complicated. I think it’s the darting action and slow drop that does it.

I’m completely addicted to this style of fishing at the moment. I can’t get enough.

Simon’s Recommended Retailer – AGM

 

Fish Arrow Flash-J 2”

Like Paul Parnell Simon loves FishArrow lures, but this time it's the pintail version

Like Paul Parnell, Simon loves FishArrow lures, but this time it’s the pintail version

Lure Name Flash-J 2″
Manufacturer Fish Arrow
Length 2″
How many in a pack 8
Fave colour choice LAKE WAKASAGI SILVER
Price £7.99

Amazing lures, incredible realism and that flash – it really does make a difference.  Fished on the drop shot (not just in this size) they excel.

They actually work very well rigged on an EWG weedless as a soft plastic jerkbait – I would encourage the use of wire with this method though as this proves irresistible to any pike for miles around.

Similarly, on a 2-3g size 2 jighead they can be fished like the above tubes in deeper water. Fantastic twitching, diving, spiraling action. They’ll catch anything like this.

Simon’s Recommended Retailer – Art of Fishing 

Lunker City Ribster 3” Small

 

with it's unusual cupped tail the Ribster it's a fascinating lure to use.

with it’s unusual cupped tail the Ribster it’s a fascinating lure to use.

Lure Name Ribster
Manufacturer Lunker City
Length 3″
How many in a pack 12
Fave colour choice Arkansas Shiner
Price £4.20

Arkansas Shiner – I swear If I had to choose one colour for the rest of my life…………………

The most flexible and lifelike lure I own. The design is perfect – you can’t keep the tail still if you try and yet the head is tough and resilient. Big or small fish love these.

Employing a twitching, darting retrieve on a small jighead they just come alive, writhing away on the twitch and the drop.

When used on a drop-shot set up they’re just magnets. I cannot recommend them enough.

Simon’s Recommended Retailer Lurelounge

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Third in our series of features where experienced UK lure anglers choose their top three Perch Finesse lures is Ade Walker. Ade works in Tackle legends Fosters of Birmingham and is an experienced all round angler, who has been badly bitten by the lure fishing bug. As well as hunting perch, pike and zander in his local canal venues, Ade qualified for the BLAC final and has been hopping across to europe on a regular basis to fish in Street Fishing events such as the World Predator Classic, Gunky Iron Tournament and Open Street Gent in Belgium.

No one in the UK wears a Flat-Bill cap like Ade ! The perch seem to appreciate his Street fishing style too !

No one in the UK wears a Flat-Bill cap like Ade ! The perch seem to appreciate his Street fishing style too !

Ade’s Choices

Biwaa Divinator

The fat body and slim tail of the Divinator offers a decent mouthful and lots of movement even at low retrieve speeds

The fat body and slim tail of the Divinator offers a decent mouthful and lots of movement even at low retrieve speeds

Lure Name Divinator
Manufacturer Biwaa
Length 2.5″
How many in a pack 8
Fave colour choice Lemon Jelly
Price £6.99

The Divinator I came across in Holland earlier in the year it’s great fished on small jig heads upto 3.5g or on the dropshot as its thin tail has a lot of action on the paddle  compared to a lot of lures of a similar size.

Ade’s Recommended Retailer – Fosters of Birmingham

Reins Rockvibe Shad

The Rockvibe is a classic Street Fishing lure it's bulging grub like body and finesse paddle tail is a brilliant perch attraction combination.

The Rockvibe is a classic Street Fishing lure it’s bulging grub like body and finesse paddle tail is a brilliant perch attraction combination.

Lure Name Rockvibe Shad
Manufacturer Reins
Length 2″
How many in a pack 20
Fave colour choice chartreuse
Price £5.99

Then we have the Reins Rockvibe Shad. If you don’t know this lure, then where have you been ? More often than not this will be the first lure I put on the hook. Small, thin, lots of action. It works well with a micro jig or on the dropshot. Micro perch love this lure..if you only buy one finesse lure for perch, make it the Rockvibe

Sakura Slit Shad

The Slit Shad is a fantastic lure in all of it's many sizes and works particularly well when rigged weedless.

The Slit Shad is a fantastic lure in all of it’s many sizes and works particularly well when rigged weedless.

Lure Name Slit Shad
Manufacturer Sakura
Length 3″
How many in a pack 15
Fave colour choice Ghost Lime Chart
Price £6.99

2″+3″ ghost lime chart 6.99 x20

Sakura Slit Shad I like to use when using weedless hooks and fishing Texas or Carolina rigs on small weedy rivers for chub trout and perch. The slim body and delicate tail movement offer a nice alternative to more mobile shads and the soft material folds beautifully when grabbed by a fish.

Ade’s Recommended Retailer – Fosters of Birmingham

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Next in our series of features where top UK lure anglers choose their top three Perch Finesse lures is Paul Parnell. Paul recently came fourth in the British Lure Angler Championship and has a stunning list of big perch to his name.

Not a great picture, but an absolutely stunning perch. This amazing 4lb 7oz Thames fish was caught on a 3" Soft plastic..but which one ?

Not a great picture, but an absolutely stunning perch. This amazing 4lb 7oz Thames fish was caught on a 3″ Soft plastic..but which one ?

Paul’s Choices

Fish Arrow Flash-J 2″

Just Like Adam Kirby, Japanese lures feature strongly in Paul's top three.

Just Like Adam Kirby, Japanese lures feature strongly in Paul’s top three.

Lure Name Flash-J
Manufacturer Fish Arrow
Length 2″
How many in a pack 8
Fave colour choice Gill/Silver
Price £7.99

Very nice realistic lure , I’ve had a lot of perch on the Fish Arrow range however for me flash-J 2″ ticks all the boxes. I use this little lure mostly with dropshot as the action that can be imparted is about as life like as you can get and the perch go mad for it. You can also use it with a small jig head and just twitch it across the bottom for good results. Best used in clear water as it is a very subtle, natural looking bait. The Flash J is also available as a paddle tail which is also a great lure, but perhaps better fished on a jig-head.

Paul’s Recommended Retailer – Lurelounge.co.uk

Keitech Easy Shiner

Soft and supple the Easy Shiner is from…well we don't even need to say really !

Soft and supple the Easy Shiner is from…well we don’t even need to say really !

Lure Name Easy Shiner
Manufacturer Keitech
Length 3″
How many in a pack 10
Fave colour choice Gold Flash Minnow
Price £7.50

The Keitech Easy Shiner is simply a well made soft plastic shad. Keitech are the high end of soft plastics and I’ve caught hundreds of fish on there range. The 3″ easy shiner is a paddle tail bait and best fished with a size 2/0 5gram jig head , with the added scent of squid it just makes this lure even more irresistible .

Paul Recommended Retailer – Lure-Anglers-Shop.co.uk

Ecogear Ikajako

Just like Adam Kirby, Paul has an Ecogear lure in his top three, but this time it's an Ikajaco

Paul has an Ecogear lure in his top three, but unlike Adam Kirby, this time it’s an Ikajaco

Lure Name Ikajaco
Manufacturer Ecogear
Length 2 3/4″
How many in a pack 7
Fave colour choice red flake
Price £5.99

The Ikajaco from Ecogear was designed by the legendary Japanese competition angler Norio Tanabe and is just what I need on my crawfish full waters. I fish this little lure dropshot , jica rig and with jig head. I’ve had a lot of fish by using this lure as teaser for small spinner like at mepps 2 again this lure is scented which seems to make more desirable for hungry perch.

Paul’s Recommended Retailer – Harris Sportsmail

 

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One area of lure fishing that just seems to keep growing and growing is finesse fishing for perch using small soft plastics. It’s fun, accessible fishing and tweaking your rigs, lures and technique to get consistent results is fascinating. In this brave new world of British angling a few anglers have stood out over the last couple of years as leaders in this type of fishing. We’ve asked four of them to name their all time top three perch finesse lures under 3″ long and the answers make fascinating reading. Just for good measure we also came up with a luretour.com top three before we received the ‘Fab Fours’ recommendations.

The Fab Four (in no particular order) are

Adam Kirby (The Kirbinator)

Paul Parnell (Goldenballs)

Ade Walker (The Flatbill King)

Simon Nicol (Dr Dropshot)

We will be running the results one by one over the next week or so and here is the first instalment !

ADAM KIRBY

Adam Kirby was a bright yellow perch magnet in the afternoon, bagging a string of huge stripeys including this 3lb 12oz monster.

Adam was one of the stars of this years British Lure Angling Championship and seemed to win or at least podium in every qualifier he entered. He specialised in catching big bags of small perch and surprised a lot of people by winning the Exeter Canal qualifier without ever bothering too target the pike that the venue is famous for. Adam struggled a little to start with in the Final on Chew, where he had to adapt his usual techniques due to the 4″ lure minimum and wire trace rule, but you can’t keep a good man down and Adam bagged up with multiple 3lb+ perch in the second half of the event and very nearly made the top 10 with his  late run of big stripeys.

Adam’s choices

Ecogear Power Shirasu

A lot of Japanese know-how goes into manufacturing these amazing little baits.

A lot of Japanese know-how goes into manufacturing these amazing little baits.

Lure Name Power Shirasu
Manufacturer  Ecogear
Length 2″
How many in a pack 10
Fave colour choice Pearl Glow 
Price £3.99

A lure that played a part in my qualifying rounds of the British Lure Angling Championships. ‘Shirasu’ means whitebait in Japanese. A tiny fish. I like the Shirasu because I think a few people fail to see its properties. It’s different. If that was a paddle on the tail and not a ball, I think it would be more popular – but that’s not the point. The Shirasu works just fine. Ultra thin profile. Super soft. Folds up lovely on the inhale. Tail beats subtlety, but I think the density of the ball makes it’s tiny presence felt. I’m a big fan of Jighead, but the Shirasu works on Drop Shot too – just turn the tail 90 degrees so it’s flat (eyes facing up and down).

Adam’s recommended retailer – WeymouthAngling.com

Reins Bubbling Shad

Another Japanese lure in Adam's top three.

Another Japanese lure in Adam’s top three.

Lure Name Bubbling Shad
Manufacturer  Reins
Length 3″
How many in a pack 8
Fave colour choice Bait Fish
Price £7.45

Along with Ecogear, Reins is the other brand that continually gets me excited. They’re just cool and there’s no denying that French Touch Fishing have actively sent that coolness into overdrive, with all the stuff they’ve been doing over in France. I could have picked any number of lures but the Bubbling Shad stands out as it taught me a few things about ribbed lures. The paddle on the 3-inch BS is fine. Not the best, but adequate. The magic is in the ribs. Profile is an important factor for me. Often, I’m sure Perch will only move on a sizeable meal. There’s plenty of chubby lures around but the usual problem is that they become rigid due to the extra bulk. Not so with a ribbed lure. The core of the lure remains slim while the ribs give the appearance of a much bigger lure. Best of both worlds. I also believe that ribbed lures shift more water and make more disturbance. All those little flat surfaces sticking out and grabbing the water. I can’t prove it, but it gives me confidence.

Adam’s recommended retailer – LureLounge.co.uk

Keitech Swing Impact

Guess which country Adam's 3rd choice lure comes from !

Guess which country Adam’s 3rd choice lure comes from !

Lure Name Swing Impact
Manufacturer Keitech
Length 3″
How many in a pack 10
Fave colour choice yellow glow
Price £7.50

One of my all time favourites. I believe these were made for the French / European markets by Japanese firm, Keitech. Purchased on one of our annual trips to the Nantes tackle show. Had an immediate effect on my Perch fishing – especially when the water clarity was poor in the canal. There’s no denying these lures work extremely well, but I think it’s the colour that was the secret here. More yellow than chartreuse, with added sparkle and UV. Down to my last two! :0(

Swing Impacts are available in the UK from www.lure-anglers-shop.co.uk however they don’t currently stock Adams magic “yellow-glow” colour choice.

 

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LACC PREDPAIRS

The Lure Anglers Canal Club are running a Lure Fishing Pairs Open Match on November 9th this year and well over a Dozen teams of high profile lure anglers have already paid their entry fee and signed up.

The Match will be held on the Clubs zander infested stretch of the Grand Union Canal near Leamington Spa and it promises to be a fun and friendly event. Luretour spoke to the man behind the event John Cheyne to get the inside info.

Event organiser John Cheyne has had his share of Zander from the LACC stretch.

Event organiser John Cheyne has had his share of Zander from the LACC stretch.

LT: So in what way is this event different to the British Lure Angling Championships or other lure fishing events ?

JC: The BLAC uses a blind pairs system where you are fishing for yourself, but are paired with another angler so that you can witness each others catches. It’s a great way to meet new anglers and make friends, but we thought it would be nice to have more of a team event and let people fish with their best fishing buddy.

LT: So how will the catches be ratified, if people are fishing with their best mate ? Won’t there be a temptation to cheat ?

JC: There are no big prizes on offer, just a beautiful trophy, so we expect people to fish honestly and in the spirit of the competition, but we are also asking the teams to take photos of all the fish they catch on an unhooking matt/measure. Just about everyone carries a camera phone these days so it won’t be too difficult.

LT: Tell us more about these “Beautiful Trophies”

JC: well I think they’re nice ! yea, instead of the horrible plastic things you get at a lot of fishing competitions, we’re having crystal trophies digitally engraved with the competition logo, so they should look awesome. Although we also have a surprise trophy for the team that comes last..but you’ll have to turn up to the event to see that !

LT: So who has entered so far ?

JC: with nearly a month still to go, we already have nearly 20 teams paid and entered including some VERY good anglers such as:

  •  Team Rascal Originals – Danny Parkins and Simon Hall
  • Team NoName – Vidar Thomasson and Alan Brown
  • Team Riverguide – Gary Palmer and Andy Mason
  • Team Fat Shadz – Lee Garner and Russ Lee
  • Team Spin – Joanna Davies and Pawel Gorny

I could have just listed all the teams, as everyone who has entered is an experienced lure angler, it’s going to be a great event.

For more details of how to enter just go to the LACC website at:

http://groupspaces.com/LureAnglersCanalClub/item/676564

or take a look at their Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/lureanglerscanalclub

 

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Saturday saw the final of the British Lure Angling Championship take place at Chew Valley lake, and what a fantastic event it was.

The day dawned wet and windy and conditions made the morning session tricky, but the 64 contestants who had qualified were all raring to go and keen to find the fish. The event was brilliant organised by Fox Consultant and Event Supremo Julian Chidgey, so everyone had time for a full English breakfast in the cafe ahead of the rules and safety briefings at which fish welfare was a major priority.

there was £1000's of pounds of lure fishing tackle on show as the contestants waited to hear which boat they were in.

there was £1000’s of pounds of lure fishing tackle on show as the contestants waited to hear which boat they were in.

Once the boats had been allocated everyone got themselves ready and then the boats were told to move out to a buoyed off area waiting for the “Le Mans” start.

By the time we got to the lunchtime break it was fairly obvious that those who had fished off Woodford bank had faired the best as the bait-fish were there in abundance. After a cracking lunch courtesy of the Polish Anglers Association and a good gossip about who was doing well and who was not. It was time to set off for the final session of the day and see who would be crowned BLAC Champion.

The Polish Anglers Association very kindly served everyone with a fantastic Polish Sausage bap free of charge ! ..nice one guys.

The Polish Anglers Association very kindly served everyone with a fantastic Polish Sausage bap free of charge ! ..nice one guys.

If the morning had been a bit wet, windy and difficult for many anglers, the afternoon was a different story. Soon news was filtering round of a huge fish caught by Ben Tregoning which measured a staggering 120cm. Ben must have been delighted and frustrated at the same time as neither he nor his boat partner had a set of scales, but the Pike was estimated at well over 30lb.

Ben Tregoning with his awesome 120cm pike that one biggest fish of the day.

Ben Tregoning with his awesome 120cm pike that won biggest fish of the day.

Some of the anglers who qualified using finesse techniques on canals took a little while to adjust to the demands of fishing with 4″ lures and 28lb wire traces, but good anglers always find a way as proved by Adam Kirby, who may be famed for catching big bags of small perch, but certainly showed he knows how to catch the big specimens too by boating an amazing 5 perch over 3lb in the afternoon.

Adam Kirby was a bright yellow perch magnet in the afternoon, bagging a string of huge stripeys including this 3lb 12oz monster.

Adam Kirby was a bright yellow perch magnet in the afternoon, bagging a string of huge stripeys including this 3lb 12oz monster.

Paul Parnell who won the original Chew qualifier  was in amongst the fish all day and it only got better in the afternoon as Paul banked 3lb + perch and 20lb + pike in quick succession. Paul would go on to miss out on a podium spot by just a few centimetres.

Half the field heard the whoop of delight that Paul Parnell let out when he finally netted this pristine Chew pike in the afternoon.

Half the field heard the whoop of delight that Paul Parnell let out when he finally netted this pristine Chew pike in the afternoon.

Paul was soon in to the Perch too.

Paul was soon in to the Perch too.

But Paul, Adam and Ben were not to become the first british Lure Angling Champion. Instead the Top Three on the day consisted of venue specialist John Horsey who boated 1089cm of fish in 3rd. Ben Humber grabbed 2nd with a massive haul of 1284cm and out in front was Steve Collett who tore the opposition apart with a dramatic 1473cm which consisted of 7 pike and 40 perch. Well done Steve, what an amazing performance.

John Horsey and ben Humber show off their 2nd and 3rd place trophies.

John Horsey and ben Humber show off their 2nd and 3rd place trophies.

To the victor the spoils ! Steve Collett picks up a cheque for £1000 from event organiser julian Chidgey and is crowned British Champion !

To the victor the spoils ! Steve Collett picks up a cheque for £1000 from event organiser Julian Chidgey and is crowned British Champion !

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