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Big Perch - The Joker Laughs Last

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Ralf will not be going fishing for perch again without the 'Joker' Ralf will not be going fishing for perch again without the 'Joker'

Dirk Fastenau of the Quantum Specialist Team gets the Joker out of the pack on a lure fishing session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


With lure fishing enjoying ever-increasing popularity many known predator swims are becoming increasingly overfished and you will often hear anglers saying: "The swim has been fished to death", "The swim is burnt out" or "It's not worth going there any more!".


The Quantum JokerIn some cases, it may well be that the fish are avoiding the swim, or at least not visiting it as regularly as in the past. However, it could also be that the fish are still in the swim but are stubbornly and persistently ignoring all familiar or unnatural baits.


My friend Ralf and I visited one such swim on a sunny autumn day recently, we actually wanted to avoid it since even fishing livebaits did not bring the success on previous visits but we decided to give the Quantum Joker a chance, as it would surely be unfamiliar to the fish here.


You wanted that didn't you!The very first cast produced a bite and a medium-sized perch, a good omen, and Ralf needed no more persuasion as, apparently, we had found a lure that would make the perch drop their guard. Then, after two missed bites, I hooked a good 45cm perch right in front of my feet but lost it straight away. I was still voicing my disappointment when Ralf shouted: "Don't worry, I've got one now!...and what a one it was!


The rod was bent to the limit and I was on my way to take photos and help land the monster. Everything ran smoothly and the tape measure read 49.5cm, just short of that magical 50cm threshold but, of course, we were still ecstatic as it was a première for the Joker and a new personal best. As far as technique was concerned the interesting thing was that we weren't retrieving the Joker along the bottom but around two metres below the surface.


One thing is for sure, I won't be going fishing for perch again without the Joker, and the same goes for Ralf!







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Comments (17 posted):

mick b on 11/11/2013 10:27:21
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. ..............THIS IS JUST A COMMERCIAL! Puke puke.
beerweasel on 11/11/2013 11:38:00
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Centimeters ?...............Grrr.
FishingMagic on 11/11/2013 11:52:02
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. ..............THIS IS JUST A COMMERCIAL! And this sir, is a commercial site.
barbelboi on 11/11/2013 11:57:39
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When it's working................;)
learning to fish on 11/11/2013 19:06:32
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anyhow, it's a really big perch. Steve
Graham Elliott 3 on 11/11/2013 19:21:47
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There's Articles.:D There's Articles witth a Commercial element:) And there's Commercials. :(
beerweasel on 11/11/2013 19:35:15
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50 cms should be about 4 1/2 lbs.
itsfishingnotcatching on 11/11/2013 19:36:04
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FM does "advertorials" then :omg:
peter crabtree on 11/11/2013 19:47:13
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Is 49:5cm the length of his obviously outstretched arms?
Graham Elliott 3 on 11/11/2013 19:56:07
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Zander. Catfish and now Nile perch. Looks at least 30lb.
Judas Priest on 11/11/2013 20:34:17
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No matter the claimed size of the fish IT is a cracking looking fish, shame he's pulling its jaw down ala good ole US of A style. Why o why do anglers follow this recent fashion.
S-Kippy on 11/11/2013 23:19:19
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Is 49:5cm the length of his obviously outstretched arms? Lets hope so...I dread to think what else he might be measuring ! :eek: I really dont understand where this "affection" of measuring certain species came from. The "Wayld Brane Trite" brigade persist in disguising the meagre size of their quarry by measuring...and its crept into grayling fishing too. I caught Big Phil measuring a grayling last weekend and had to pour scorn upon him until he put his tape away,the big tart !
barbelboi on 11/11/2013 23:40:00
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Too true, who measures a fish with a tape anyway....................:wh
chav professor on 12/11/2013 07:42:07
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Do you rig the 'Joker' back to front???? I thought the tail would work best pulsating from behind (or have I misread that photograph?)... Looks a good lure though...
mick b on 12/11/2013 08:35:05
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And this sir, is a commercial site. My apologies Administrator. A mistake I will not repeat.
Graham Elliott 3 on 13/11/2013 20:59:25
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Ban him................no hold on....we need his help on the Itchen:eek:;) 49.5 cm................now working that back it equals £2. 5shillings and 11d I think.:D
rossag on 14/11/2013 10:25:03
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Lets hope so...I dread to think what else he might be measuring ! :eek: I really dont understand where this "affection" of measuring certain species came from. The "Wayld Brane Trite" brigade persist in disguising the meagre size of their quarry by measuring...and its crept into grayling fishing too. I caught Big Phil measuring a grayling last weekend and had to pour scorn upon him until he put his tape away,the big tart ! I think you could say the same about weighing. How many obese carp are clearly fatter than they are long? I'd rather a long lean wild fish than a heavy bloated 'all you can eat' commercial fish.


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