After finding clear water and big perch elusiveon two previous trips it has been good to get back into business at Spires Lakes, North Tawton. Sure, the fishery has a bit of reputation- but these big perch are wily customers and it has taken some experimentation to get them to play ball. The deeper water on the first pond is definitely the place- lobworms and small deadbaits surprisingly ineffective, the best offering proving just a single maggot over regular loosefeed. I have a hunch it was purely finding the right conditions that made the crucial difference: extra colour, overcast and with small roach proving active too. Slowly but surely, the tiny perch became bigger samples and finally, a real old battler of a perch hit the net- a few marks, a battered tail and certainly not the prettiest, but a solid old character, 2lbs 5oz. Great fight on the pole too.