Demand for worms soars as match anglers target big Ouse stripeys.
As the colder weather finally arrives one of the country’s best-known rivers is coming into its own for perch fishing – with match anglers now regularly taking 20lb of the species per competition.
The river Ouse is seeing such a boom in anglers targeting stripeys that some local tackle shops have had to up their weekly orders of worms to keep up with demand.
Fishing the waterway at Stony near Milton Keynes in the most recent Milton Keynes Angling Association competition, local angler Gary Britton managed to amass no less than 26lb 13oz of perch, with fish to around 2lb. While runner up Lee Jones not far behind with 21lb of the species.
Further down river competitors from Northampton Nene Angling Club are also making the most of the perch – with some bigger fish starting to show. In the latest match at Newton Blossomville, Paul Minney caught just six fish, but for a weight of 14lb 10oz. His haul included one specimen perch of 3lb 10oz.
In the same match Dave Gibbins had five perch for 10lb 10oz, setting an average fish size of 2lb 2oz.
“We’ve seen a huge increase in the demand for worms specifically for targeting perch on the Ouse,” Jamie Miller from Milton Keynes tackle shop Gone-Fishin told Match Fishing. “The match guys are going through kilos of them and there are big fish and good weights of perch coming out in nearly every match on the river, there’s some great fishing to be had at the moment”.