I will start off by saying that you will catch perch jigging on the Norfolk Broads, and you will catch perch drop shot fishing on the Norfolk Broads. The big question is, which one is best?
Many anglers will argue that jigging is best when the perch are more active and chasing the fry fish around, and using the drop shot method works best when the perch are more sedate and waiting for an injured bait fish to swim past. This may be true of some venues in the UK, but it isn’t true of the Norfolk Broads.
During the summer months, i.e. when the perch are more active and chasing the fry jigging a lure on the river bed, or the bottom of the Broads isn’t going to yield many fish. During the summer months the fry fish are right close to the water’s surface and as you’d expect, so are the chasing perch. When the fry fish are near the surface the perch aren’t going to be sat near the bottom of the water. Well, some perch may decide to lie and wait on the river bed, but the majority of them are chasing the fry fish high in the water.
If the fry fish are near the water’s surface you need to present your lure near the surface too. You can do this using a floating lure or you can do this using a long drop shot rig. Casting a jig to where the fry fish will see it go through the shoal and down to the river bed. You may be lucky and attract the attention of a perch on the drop, i.e. as the jig heads to the river bed, but you have to be in the right place at the right time, and everything needs to fall in to place.
In the colder months, i.e. when the perch are less active, many anglers consider the drop shot rig best as it allows you to effectively pin the lure in one place and keep it moving until a perch decides to have a go at it, and the good thing is you can stick the lure right on the bottom or as high up in the water as you wish. In the winter months a jig will get down to where the perch lie in wait, but having to reel in the jig to get it moving means the lure will soon be pulled away.
Jigging for perch on the Norfolk Broads is at its best in the colder months rather than the warmer months. The perch may be more active in the warmer months, i.e. and more likely to chase after a jig, but the jig won’t remain where the perch are, i.e. high up in the water. During the colder months the jig will at least be where the perch are, and if you manage to pull it past a perch you may be lucky and the perch will have a go.
Fishing the drop shot method works equally well in colder months, when it is meant to be the ‘best method’, and warmer months, which jigging is meant to be the ‘best method’.
If you want to maximise your chance of catching perch on the Norfolk Broads, and want to catch the most perch you can fishing the drop shot method is the way to go.