Is lure fishing ever going to get as big as carp fishing in the UK? Read the views of Nick Marlow, from Eco-Gear and Marukyu, the lure and bait innovators.

 

FACEBOOK is rife with rumours that perch are the new carp. Some anglers are citing that since ‘Terry Hearn invented perch fishing’ last year, that perch is the new king of fish… or is this just the emperor’s latest clothes?

It’s a strange question to ask, isn’t it? I mean, the two types of fishing could not really be any further apart – one offers a quick fix traveling really light and the chance of a record breaking 6lb+ fish and the other usually involves taking everything but the kitchen sink and a session measured in days for the chance of a record breaking 60lb+ fish.

At 3lbs 7oz this beauty fell to an Ecogear Para Max - which Nick rates as one of the easiest lures to fish with ever

At 3lbs 7oz this beauty fell to an Ecogear Para Max – which Nick rates as one of the easiest lures to fish with ever

But I know what they mean…

Back in the 1980s there were three types of fishing. You were a match angler. You were a pleasure angler. Or you were a fly angler. And that was it…Back in those days Kevin Nash was making black and yellow luggage for match anglers (yes, the Kevin Nash of Nash Tackle) – and yes it was superb. Life was good.

A little later in the 1980s people started talking about carp fishing – and slowly but surely the phenomenon began. Things started getting made in green. Rods were made heavier etc etc… you know the story… and so from that little acorn – carp fishing became huge.

So the question has to be… is the humble perch about to become the number one species in the UK?

Personally, I think the answer to that is no, but if we rephrase the question a little – and ask ‘is lure fishing on the verge of becoming a mainstream choice of anglers?’ I think the answer could well be yes! Let’s look at the evidence…

One set of lure tackle will give you access to: perch, pike, zander, trout, bream, chub, tench, carp (yes carp), pollack, bass, coalfish, all the flatfish, blennies, gobies, scorpion fish and a whole heap more. With this tackle you can access lakes, reservoirs, lochs, loughs, streams, rivers, estuaries and the sea.

 

this is all you need to get you started - some soft plastic lures and some jigheads

this is all you need to get you started – some soft plastic lures and some jigheads

 

You can buy a rod and a reel for next to nothing – and everything else you add in bits.

It’s highly portable. You can keep it hidden in the car. You can get access almost anywhere. You can be fishing within minutes. You can get your ‘fishing fix’ quickly. In a nutshell – lure fishing is accessible to all 365 days a year!

And if you’re carp fishing… you can still lure fish at the same time… or wind your rods in for an hour and go and explore the lake with a small lure while you wait for the carp to get on the munch!

 

Get a bend in that rod lure fishing

Get a bend in that rod… lure fishing

 

Still think it won’t take off? Yeah, that’s what they thought in America 50 years ago… it’s what they said in Germany 30 years ago. France and Holland 20 years ago, and what they said in Italy 10 years ago…

So if you’ve not tried a spot of perching, piking or zander fishing on lures yet… give it a go!

Don’t forget that if you want to keep up to date with what’s going on with lure fishing – then the Ecogear UK page on Facebook is a very good place to start – it’s packed full of hints and tips plus you’ll get to see where everyone is catching from!

Tight lines,

Nick

 

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