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Urban Oxford ditch 'jumbo'

There's just something about the city of Oxford, England which I can't quite describe. No doubt, the city is well-known as one of the world's capital of 'tertiary education' but we're not going to talk about that here. For me as an avid angler, I feel 'smarter' already just by setting foot in the city limits. And, I really mean it from an angling perspective because if you know where and when to look, Oxford can be 'gold mine' for jumbo perch.

This is one urban ditch pig! Products used, Sunline Siglon 100% FC (10lb test), Daiwa Alphas 103, Palms Molla MGC-66M2F (Searcher Fast Moving) and some instincts.

I mentioned 'gold mine'? Please do not let these words fool you. Speaking of perch fishing, Oxford is not about quantity but QUALITY. In times when I can't count on my local waters to deliver jumbo perch, I bet you that the city of Oxford can in every way possible. Though I've only perch fished in Oxford on less than 1/2 a dozen times, to get 5 bites a day is considered good by UK perch fishing standards. As for those 5 bites, from my experience, I can bet that they're quality bites of 40cm no less.

Earlier... Now what have we here? Noticed the muddy water.

On this recent instalment, I was fishing at one of the canals near the urban centre and quite frankly, it was like a game of poker. Having no prior knowledge, all I had was a game plan, to cover as much water as possible. As I've mentioned in one of my articles for a UK magazine, 'power fishing' is the name of the game. On that occasion, I was burning the water. Just like poker, I had to switch up just to keep myself in the game because all in all, it was just one big ditch filled with still muddy water but you can amplify your odds of finding active fish just by covering water with the right approach and mindset.

One of my most trusted weaponry setup for jumbo perch fishing, light spinnerbait (if they're biting it), fluorocarbon line, low gearing baitcasting reel and finesse fast action casting rod.

It all changed when I had a light spinnerbait tied on my 10lb test Sunline Siglon 100% FC courtesy of my sponsors Nice Fish!. I was working the bait near some sparse cover in water no more than 2' deep and something stopped it. Though it felt like 'junk' to begin with, I was actually hooked onto a ditch pig. Though it didn't fight well, I guess it was probably a postspawner, but nevertheless it highlights the fact that you won't get short changed in Oxford. All in all, I had 5 bites and I could tell that 3 of those were 'junk' (pike), lost one and landed just the one. So, I'd say that was actually a good day.

And there's something about willow trees which I'm attracted to.

Till the next time, fish hard and fish well. Don't be a follower, be an 'innovator'.
[ 2014/04/26 23:32 ] Category: None | TB(0) | CM(0)
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