Arguably, you can use any lure fishing rod to catch perch but if you want the best sport, and want to get the most out of catching perch you need to use the right lure rod for the job in hand.
Perch are a small predatory fish, and most of the perch you’ll find swimming around will be less than a pound in weight. A two pound perch is a nice fish, a three pound perch is a specimen and a four pound perch (and over) is a fish of a lifetime. Perch don’t grow particularly big and most of the perch you catch are going to be small and weigh less than a pound.
I guarantee a heavy lure rod is going to be too stiff, not to mention strong, for perch and you won’t have any fun with one. A medium to heavy lure rod, and even light to medium lure rod also lacks the sensitivity and playing action to make catching perch interesting. In my experience the best lure rod for perch fishing is a light lure rod.
Light lure rods are very sensitive and you will feel every knock, every tap and every grab of the lure regardless of the size of perch, and when you hook one it will go off like a steam train. Use the right fishing gear and a 4oz perch provides great sport that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The light lure rods may be ultra-sensitive but they also have enough back bone to deal with large perch, and also any small pike that may take a liking to your small lures.
When you catch large perch using light lure rods, and it will happen at times, you need to take your time and not rush or bully the fish to the net. Light lure rod tips are easily broken if you get too heavy handed and try to land the fish too soon. Similarly, if you hook a small pike you also need to take it slow getting it to the landing net.
The first light lure rod I bought was a 7ft Korum Snapper, a rod which gets quite a few good write ups and reviews (both from professional publications I noticed), which is why I bought one. At first I was impressed with the Korum Snapper but when the top section broke in two after lifting in to a fish on the very first session of the season I realised just what a crap rod the Korum Snapper is.
My replacement for the Korum Snapper was an 8ft Wychwood Agitator drop shot rod, and whilst this appeared to be of the same build quality as the Korum drop shot rod, I have used this rod several times problem free. The more I use the Wychwood Agitator drop shot rod the more I like it, and the higher up it goes in my estimations. The Agitator drop shot rod is a great lure rod for perch fishing, and one I would definitely recommend, unlike the Korum Snapper.
Wychwood Agitator - There's a model for everyone
The wychwood Agitator drop shot rod is available in various sizes, as above and below, which include:
There is a Wychwood Agitator drop shot rod for all drop shot rod applications, and I can vouch for how good the Agitator drop shot rod is. My Agitator has proved to be tough and durable, but also comfortable to use and sensitive too. It really was a great purchase.
Fishing for perch - Related reading
Below are some perch fishing links you may find interesting and/or useful:-
Fishing video playlists .......
"Search for perch"
"Fishing the Norfolk Broads"