At the start of December, Quantum Specialist team angler Fredrik Harbort and his fishing partner Sascha Cervenjak enjoyed a perch session that could not have been much more successful.

In just three short afternoon sessions at a marina in northern Germany, the pair landed more big perch than they ever would have thought possible in this section of water. The haul included numerous fish close to the magical 50-centimetre mark; the best example being a thick winter fish 49.9 centimetres long. After modest successes with various traditional soft lures, Fredrik, quickly followed by Sascha, switched to a 4-gram Quantum Joker lure, now available in five new colour variations. The final results suggest that this was just the right tonic for the lethargic winter fish with a sensational haul of 42 perch over 40 centimetres! 

Fredrik Harbort recounts: “I love it when fishing is entertaining. The only explanation I have for the extraordinary success in six to eight metres of water and the simultaneous failure of traditional soft lures is that this area is generally intensively fished. The wary predators are as familiar with soft lures sinking down from above their heads as they are with the sound of a weight head hitting the bottom. This makes them difficult to tempt with traditional soft lures. The Joker is so extraordinarily special in all respects that it has become the deadliest weapon when it comes to hunting perch.”

Fredrik Harbort, who co-developed the bait, has landed hundreds of big perch with the Joker since the first test phase. The most important aspect is the angling technique with relatively high jumps followed by a freefall of the bait. This only works with very slack line so it requires a little practice.