There are times when a perch will take any lure you put in front of it, even if it canât fit the lure in its mouth it will have a go and end up getting hooked. Last winter I hooked a perch of (I would estimate â I didnât bother weighing it) around a pound in weight on a 17cm crank bait. I was actually fishing for pike, so it wasnât an intentional catch, but I was pretty surprised when I slipped the landing net under a perch that was only a little bigger than the lure I was using!
The above doesnât happen very often, and if you intend to lure fish for perch I would never recommend using large crankbaits, or any large lures for that matter â I was just trying to illustrate the point that perch will have a go at any lure you care to drag past them, if they are so inclined.
If you want to lure fish for perch small lures are the way to go. There was a time when small 1g â 5g spinners (such as the Mepps Aglia and Ondex spinners) were the lures to use and catch perch, and over the years many anglers have caught decent sized perch using these lures.
Small spinners still catch plenty of perch, however they also attract the attention of pike. This is not a problem if you want to catch pike as well as perch, but if you only want to catch perch the small jack pike can be a nuisance fish. When using lures that attract pike you need to use a wire trace, to avoid bite offs, and wire traces often dissuade âtackle shyâ perch from having a go at the lures.
Small spinners may not be the most popular lures for perch at the moment, but it is always worth having at least one with you.
Times have changed and the most popular lures for perch fishing are the plastic and rubber variety, and there are hundreds to choose from. The type of plastic/rubber lures includes worms, shads, small fry, micro fry, spiky fry, shrimp, crayfish, micro grubs, grubs, twin tail grubs, paddle tail grubsâ¦â¦. the list goes on and on.
It is difficult to believe the plastic/rubber lures catch perch, and when I first saw them I thought there was no way perch would have a go at them. Even when I saw video evidence of anglers catching perch using plastic/rubber lures I was sceptical, but that soon changed once I actually caught my first rubber lure caught perch. I am now a plastic/rubber lure convert and I seldom use anything else when perch fishing.
Perch fishing related articles
Below are some perch fishing links you may find interesting and/or useful:-
- âBait casting for perch on the Norfolk Broads. If you want to catch big perch from the Norfolk Broads bait casting for them is a great way to go about it, and this post explores and explains how to do it.â
- What bait to catch perch from the Norfolk Broads? If you want to maximise your chances of catching perch from the Norfolk Broads you need to make sure you are using the right bait. This post explores the best perch fishing baits out there that will help you increase your catch rate.
- Float fishing for perch on the Norfolk Broads. Float fishing is a great method for catching perch on the Norfolk Broads, and this post explores and explains the best way to do this.
- The best perch spinning rod. Arguably, you can use any fishing rod to spin or lure fish for perch. If, however, you want to get the most out of lure fishing for perch you need to use the ârightâ fishing rod, as explored in this post.
- My drop shot set up for perch. Fishing an ultra-light lure using the drop shot technique has become my favourite method to fish for perch in the Norfolk Broads, and it has been very successful. In this post I list the fishing gear I actually use drop shot fishing on the Norfolk Broads.
- Jigging or drop shotting for perch on the Norfolk Broads? Using lures is a great way to catch perch from the Norfolk Broads, but is the drop shot method or jigging method the best? This post explores this.
- Dead baiting for perch on the Norfolk Broads. A killer way to catch large perch from the Norfolk Broads is to use dead bait. Most anglers appreciate dead bait is a great way to catch pike, but not many realise dead bait is also a great way to hook larger perch (Perhaps I shouldnât mention this!). This article explores how to use dead bait to catch perch.
- Worms and grubs are best lures for perch. I have spent a long long time lure fishing for perch and my experience has shown the best lures to catch perch are artificial worms and plastic grubs, and this is explored in this article.
- Can I use monofilament for drop shotting? All articles and tutorials on drop shot fishing mention using braid, rather than monofilament, as the main reel line. This is fine, but can you actually use monofilament line on the reel for drop shot fishing? All is revealed in this article.
- Advantages of drop shot fishing for perch. Drop shot fishing is, without a shadow of a doubt, the best way to catch perch and there are many advantages associated with drop shot fishing, as explored in this article.
- 3 things to consider when buying a drop shot rod. If you are serious about having a go at drop shot fishing for perch you need to make sure you use the right rod, and before you go and spend your hard earned cash and buy the wrong thing take a look at this article, which gives info on the 3 most important considerations.
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