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Hi Lemmy i got it on a softbait
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I've been eating perch my whole life from lakes in Norway. I would take a crispy fried perch over trout any day (especially the NZ trout...). Even the small ones. Takes about a minute to skin and gut each one. Like chips! The small ones actually taste the best. The big ones can be a bit coarse. Good for smoking I've heard.

This is a very interesting thread! Might have to give it a go with a light spinning tackle and softbaits. And a float tube.

 
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Anyone been chasing those big Winter Stripeys I have heard of a few good ones coming out up North the best being 4 pound.
 
Trotting for Perch with a lobworm on frosty morning great fun on the pin.
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the best so far is 3lb 10oz from Hamilton Lake
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Big Stripey 4 lb,1oz ,  they are out there.
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When you take into account that the fish is probably about four times the width of the guy's wrist long, it'd be, what, ~32cm long? That is a good photo, makes it look like a pretty big fish.
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Originally posted by lemmy lemmy wrote:

Anyone been chasing those big Winter Stripeys I have heard of a few good ones coming out up North the best being 4 pound.
 
Trotting for Perch with a lobworm on frosty morning great fun on the pin.


thats a nice pin you got there reminds me must get my 1lb TC Split cane and pin out one day!
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Theres a guy in a green sit on yak fishes the southern end of the Hamilton lake and twice i have seen him catch perch 2-2 1/2 pound perch over the last few weeks.
If you think you are too small to make a difference,try sleeping with a mosquito in your tent.
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Ive been fishing there as well and the best Ive done so far is 3lb 10oz! Ive only been out 2 or 3 times and got a 2lb 11oz then the 3lb 10oz one. To me that means there are plenty of decent ones in there as if they were pretty scare you would think that the big ones would be few and far between. I know a guy who reckons he found a dead one that they weighted and it was 9lbs.
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Jesus 9lbs think that could be a WR.
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i use a small hand net in the southern end now ans then to take some of the smaller fish water fish and baby catfish for my home aqarium and i have seen a few dead perch at times,never seen a 9 pounder though..
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Originally posted by Muppet Muppet wrote:

Jesus 9lbs think that could be a WR.


check out lemmys post on page one.. it shows a 9lber caught up North
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 I learnt to fly fish as a kid chasing perch in the hamilton lake. The southern end is the deepest part at around 6m, it was here that we got our biggest perch  (up to 4.5lb but herard of an 8lb) though not on a fly, always on live small perch. There also used to be monster rudd when they first turned up in the early 80's that would have been up toward 4lb but only for a couple of years then just small ones.
 Back then the lake was clean and clear, we mostly got our perch by walking the edges and casting at the perch we saw swimming out from the bank, twas great fun for a kid. Live tadpoles under a float were awsome too.
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The deep part you mention is were i got my 3lb 10oz fish.. it was caught on a soft bait using a 2/0 jig head and 4" grub
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Originally posted by GoingHard GoingHard wrote:

i use a small hand net in the southern end now ans then to take some of the smaller fish water fish and baby catfish for my home aqarium and i have seen a few dead perch at times,never seen a 9 pounder though..
 
Hope you've got some kind of permit for that.
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Originally posted by herby herby wrote:

Originally posted by GoingHard GoingHard wrote:

i use a small hand net in the southern end now ans then to take some of the smaller fish water fish and baby catfish for my home aqarium and i have seen a few dead perch at times,never seen a 9 pounder though..
 
Hope you've got some kind of permit for that.
 
 
Herbys right not quite legal what you did there mate transfering any Freshwater fish even Sports fish is a big No ,No.
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Herby, why do you need a permit to see dead perch?
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i think he is meaning me re the taking of small fishies home to feed to my larger ones as live food.
 
i do it all over the place collecting all the tadpoles etc i can from ditches streams etc and those small guppy things( Gambusia?).Didnt think there was any real harm in it..
 
( Last time i had the kids helping and they collected about 20-30 2 inch long catfish but had no idea in the mucked up water what they had caught for me until i had already arrived home.First time i had ever caught or seen them..cat ate them all except for 2 i have kept for novelty purposes)
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yup as kids we used to catch the perch, carp and rudd in Hamilton lake, using our canoes filled with water as a transport bin and bring them back to our place (we lived on the edge of the lake) to stock our swimming pool in winter. No matter what the weather we could always going fishing then. We had no idea this was illegal, at least we had fish and game licenses, just didnt read the fine print.
We met a gentleman one day by the name of Mr Smith who asked us to help him catch some perch so he could take to his place to breed and stock other lakes. We thought this was a great idea and good fun. Many years later it turns out this man was a real pain in the neck for fish and game due his habit of introducing either noxious or unwanted fish into waterway all over the
Northern North Island. He was even prosecuted for it a couple of times I think.
There are plenty of good reason why fresh water fish should not be transferred from place to place such as predation on existing native fish, competion for (limited) food/ prey resources, degradation of water ways etc.  There are also some pretty heavy fines for doing so.
Am not sure on the regulations regarding non native tadpoles and frogs though needless to say these critters are really suffering in urban areas due to decline in water quality and pollutants etc.
 These days I dont fish for coarse fish as there are so many other fish to catch in so many places that the often suburban environs that coarse fish are found in just dont appeal. I did however try to catch tench on a fly a couple of years ago but after many refusals dug up a worm and caught it with that.
 Coarse fishing is a great way of getting young people in to the game of fishing though.
 Has any one caught a koi on a fly?this is on my to do list.
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Carp in Hamilton Lake? hmmm ive never seen any! i did manage to get my first tench from there the other day though!
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