Perchers-Guess the weight-Pleeeese !

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Perchers-Guess the weight-Pleeeese !

Post by Snapper » Mon May 07 2018 09:42

Gents, I'm gonna come clean from the start, I've never done a lot of big Perch fishing in the past but have been seriously thinking about targeting them this year as they are such good looking buggers and feisty with it. Last week whilst fishing a small Rudd ( all year classes ) lake/pond I had a Pavarrotti of a Perch hit one that I was bringing in and held on long enough to be netted. I take no credit for this fluked fish and am not really a numbers person but having never had a really big stripey on the bank curiousity has got the better of me . I wouldn't like to hazard a guess as to the weight due to my own inexperience of the larger examples of the species and so throw myself at the feet of you seasoned Perchers as I see so many Perch in the weeklies that I feel do not warrant the weights quoted. After resting it in the landing net I trudged off to my adjacent accommodation and dug out my Reuben Heaton 9000's to weigh it. Surprise, surprise, after putting the batteries in they started playing up. Changed the batteries, still the same, so just settled on the photo ( as you can see, a creative eye is not one of my fortes ! ).

If it helps, the cork section visible on my rod handle is 41cm long.

Not easy I know but any guesstimates ?

Anyway, a win-win situation. I fluked a decent stripey and even the Rudd which it had gorged down its throat swam off when returned ! Result !
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Post by suffolk si » Mon May 07 2018 10:38

Very hard to say, looks very fat, probably a good three?

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Post by dropped_run » Mon May 07 2018 10:52

perch length to weight ratio is a non-starter at the best of times.

I've had a 4-4 at 42cm long, in January, that was of a similar build. The opposite to that is a 49cm at 2-10 from Pitsford in August and a 43 at 3-9 on the same day.

That looks like it hasn't spawned or is retaining water mind you, unless its just a fatty.

High three is a good shout, in short :laughs:
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Post by Nobby C » Mon May 07 2018 10:55

I'd put around 3lb but that's spawn or dropsy to my mind. What I would do is return with lobs and live baits and some decent scales

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Post by Snapper » Mon May 07 2018 13:33

Had some lobs with me Nobby ( No livebaiting allowed ) , was only getting 1lb plus Rudd and Roach on them ! ( with the odd mudsucker interlude ). You may well be right with your observations but the environment would have been bang on for growing on a large Perch. The only one caught in a very small ( less than 1/2 acre but with good depth and limited fishing numbers of fishermen and areas allowed to fish ) water amongst over 300 hundred fish taken that week, and an endless supply of Rudd throughout the year classes to gorge on. The Rudd that it took would have been a good 7" in old money from snout to tip of tail. Don't even know if the owners were aware of it's presence, they certainly didn't advertise any big Perch in their advertising literature.

Thanks for the input so far gents, it makes for interesting if not conclusive reading. Keep it coming !

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Post by Jason Skilton » Tue May 08 2018 07:47

I'd say the perch has dropsy....it a very unusual body shape thats for sure.
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Post by Will Smith » Tue May 08 2018 22:03

Could also be tape worms, I have seen some fish with very extended bellies which turned out to be tape worms, manky bloody things.

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