âAt present small plastic and rubber lures are the âgo toâ lure for perch anglers however it is always worth carrying a small spinner too. There will be days when the perch simply refuse to take a plastic or rubber lure dangled in front of them, but will instantly hunt down a small spinner and it is days like these when having a small spinner will be the difference in netting a perch or two and blanking.
There are loads of small spinners available, however the Aglia and the Ondex lures are the ones I would recommend. Both of these small spinners have been around for years and they have been catching perch for years. The Aglia and Ondex lures are more expensive than the âcopy catâ lures around but they are superior. The Aglia and Ondex replicas use cheap materials, use weak hooks and last five minutes. The Aglia and Ondex lures will last several years, provided you donât overcast and hook a tree or bush of course.
Small spinners are light and typically weigh 1g â 5g. To get the maximum casting distance using light lures it is important not to fish too heavy. A light lure rod with a fast taper and a small fixed spool reel loaded with 8lbs â 12lbs braid is ideal for perch fishing. This set up will give the maximum casting distance, itâll be sensitive enough to provide plenty of sport with the smaller perch and it will also have the backbone in reserve to land the larger fish.
One of the biggest problems using small spinners is they also attract small jack pike. This is not a problem if you donât mind catching pike as well as perch, but if perch are your target species avoiding the ravenous jack pike can be a challenge. The only way around this is to fish on regardless and try to fish through the pike.
If there are pike in the water you will need to use a wire trace to avoid any bite offs. Wire traces affect the way small spinners work and their action in the water. The thicker and stiffer the wire trace the more the action is affected so you need to use the thinnest wire traces you can find.
The cheap wire traces are thicker, stiffer and usually plastic coated which significantly affects the action and effectiveness of small spinners. These wire traces are not suitable for these type of lures, and I would never recommend them. These traces are fine for plugs, crank baits and the like but not for small and lightweight spinners.
Single gauge, non-coated wire traces, whilst more expensive, do not affect the way small spinners work in the water hence I only use this type of trace lure fishing for perch.
If there are no pike in the water, such as the case with some of the commercial fisheries I spin for perch, I donât use a wire trace and use a fluorocarbon leader instead. Fluorocarbon is virtually invisible in the water, unlike the braided mainline I use.
Even though small spinners have a swivel on them the rotating action of the lure creates line twist if the trace or fluorocarbon leader is tied to the braided mainline using a leader knot. An additional swivel significantly reduces the line twist (it does not entirely eliminate it) so I always use a barrel swivel between the wire trace/fluorocarbon leader and mainline.
Many anglers favour the plastic lures and seem to totally ignore small spinners, and I really do think they are missing a trick. The plastic and rubber lures are excellent and do catch perch, but on those days when no matter what plastic/rubber lure you try you canât tempt a perch a small spinner is always worth a try.
Perch fishing articles
Below are some perch fishing links you may find interesting and/or useful:-