The perch is a predator, and as such is top of the food chain in many commercial fisheries. Other perch aside, perch are safe in these environments and not only benefit from the fishing bait anglers dump in the water at the end of the session but also the abundant (and never ending) supply of fry and small fish. Perch are too difficult to locate in these waters, and you can also fish light to catch them. Lure fishing for perch in commercial fisheries isn’t too much of a challenge.
Lure fishing for perch in the Norfolk Broads is total different to lure fishing for perch in the commercial fisheries.
With miles and miles of water to go at locating perch on the Norfolk Broads is a challenge, but it is doable. Big perch prefer darker, and hence deeper water. Big perch don’t like to be out in the open and hang around snags. Fallen trees, patches of lilies, weed beds and over hanging tress are all areas where big perch are likely to be. When you’re lure fishing for perch on the Norfolk Broads these are the sorts of places you should start. The quiet and small dykes and drains of the main rivers, whilst shallow are typically overgrown and ‘natural’. The water is also murkier and darker, which big perch prefer. These quiet dykes, drains and small connecting rivers are another location I would recommend lure fishing for perch.
The perch is not at the top of the food chain on the Norfolk Broads and it has predators to contend with. As well as other perch, perch in the Norfolk Broads also face being consumed by pike, plucked out of the water by herons or savaged by otters. Even if you’re lure fishing specifically for perch on the Norfolk Broads there you stand a better chance of catching a pike, therefore you need to use a wire trace at all times. I appreciate perch are more finicky and tackle shy than pike, and a wire trace may discourage the perch attacking your lure, but a wire trace is essential.
The type of lure will have a big impact on the chances of catching perch. Some pike anglers will claim they have caught big perch on huge pike plugs and crank baits, and whilst I have no doubts over this (I have seen it happen myself) I would not recommend using these lures if you want to catch perch. The best lures for big perch are the rubber bait variety, and artificial grubs, worms and small shads are among the best. My personal favourite is an artificial grub on a jig head, and this has been my most successful perch lure for the last few years.
Lure fishing for perch on the Norfolk Broads isn’t easy, and if you want a challenge this is it. I agree that casting a lure for hours on end and not catching anything, or hooking in to a small jack pike, can be frustrating but the sense of achievement when you hook in to a large perch makes it all worthwhile. One thing I will point out is that the Norfolk Broads is a stunning location, and even if you don’t catch a large perch whilst lure fishing it is still enjoyable, and not wasted time.
Lure fishing for perch - the drop shot set up
The drop shot method is a great way to catch perch on the Norfolk Broads, and it is one of my all time favourite methods to catch these awesome fish. Below is all you need to catch perch from the Norfolk Broads using the drop shot technique.
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