There’s something very special about the 16th June. For me, it goes back to my childhood when everything closed from March until June – lakes and rivers. You literally stopped fishing for 3 months and so the 16th June was a very special date – when we could get back out there and go fishing again! Great to be back fishing the River Lea again.
This article is about big perch fishing River Lea. I have never been the kind of angler that hangs his rods up during the winter. It’s a fantastic time to be out on the bank. There is nothing more stunning than a really bright, crisp morning at dawn in winter. I do, however, vary my fishing at this time of year. It’s cold so generally speaking I like to do fairly short sessions where I am constantly on the move with a single rod and a small bag. I’ll be fishing for pike, perch, trout and chub all species that can give you half a chance no matter how cold it gets. If you’ve enjoyed this article then you may be interested to read about my perch fishing in 2017 and my article covering 2018 called Big Perch Fishing.
It was late 2011 and for various reasons I was not visiting Poole quite so much. I missed by boat and decided to bring it closer to home and put it on the river. Whilst I had caught a lot of pike I’d never caught a big pike, nothing over about 8lb so I had a new target – a 20lb pike and I wanted it on my light spinning rod just to make it more of a white knuckle experience! You got to try Pike Fishing River Ouse.
The Old River Lee is Izaak Walton’s old stomping ground. If you read The Compleat Angler you will know of his chapters that cover the fish he caught from this tiny little stretch of river. It’s a quiet loop on the back of the main river that is full of surprises. I joined Ware Angling Club in 2015 and enjoyed a great first season fishing Old River Lee (Lea).
Catching big carp from rivers has always appealed to me. You never really know what’s in rivers due to the nomadic nature of the fish. I was invited to the Ebro and I grabbed the opportunity with both hands. A crazy, prolific trip that I won’t forget in a hurry! Ebro carp fishing at it’s finest.