With the temperature dropping and the days getting shorter, it's time to crack out the light lure rod in search of Perch! Winter Perch fishing can be hit or miss, depending on what you use of course. So to help you, we're going to give you a run down on you can improve your chances of catching a few good Perch this Winter.
Choosing the Right Colour
Before you even hit the water, it's recommended that you have a healthy variety of colours in your arsenal. There's no right or wrong colours of course, but the way you choose your lure colour on the day, should be based on the temperature of the water and the overall clarity. Here's a good recommendation for selecting colours and these also apply to likes of Crankbaits, Jerkbaits and Shads:
- Autumn clear waters: Bright colours, vibrant and striking, allowing for easy detection. Colours such as: Firetiger or Red Headlight
- Autumn coloured waters: Dark colours, producing strong silhouettes in the murky waters. Colours such as: Motoroil or Glitterbug
- Winter clear waters: Bright colours with more realistic patterns. Colours such as: Roach or Shad Minnow
- Winter coloured waters: Dark colours again, producing strong silhouettes in murky water. Colours like: Dirty Roach or even Dark Perch
Cranks / Plugs
Creature BaitsFor the next lot we will be talking about both a bait and a technique because if these two are paired together, you will be catching Perch everywhere. first we'll talk about the bait: Creature Baits. Creatures baits are similar to shads in that they are made soft and can be rigged in various ways. the difference is that they don't have tails, like paddle or T-tails. Instead, you rig these in a way that allows them to jig along the bottom and allowing the appendages that they feature, to create the "swimming" action.
One of the current favourite creature baits is the Molix Freaky Flex! The special appendages create micro-vibrations during the swimming action which, combined with the floating characteristics of the material, guarantee a stand-up effect of the bait while it is jumping off the bottom!