Perch fishing is just plain fun to do, and they don’t taste too bad either! While walleye fishing can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it, perch fishing goes back to the day of one rod (or two) and putting tasty morsels into the cooler. It is even more fun, when you make your own rigs and have a lot of success!
My favorite type of perch rig is the crappie styled one. Typically these will start out at $1.49 at your local bait shop, and depending on the material, can cost as much as $3.99 each! In the link below, from a previous post I made, you can make your own in minutes for less than 75 cents! Throw in the fact that you did it yourself, you double your fun, and have the satisfaction of knowing you made your own + it WORKS!
The “Tightline Rig” is the newest thing on the scene, this set-up has three hooks tied in a staggered series on the line, the theory is you will feel the slightest bite and increase your catch rate. Unfortunately it has some fatal flaws, but can be resolved when you make your own for less than 50 cents each. First flaw is that the top hook gets no action at all, its just too far out of the strike zone. The 2nd flaw is that the hooks are just too close together. When you hook up with a fish, you will get another hook into the meat along its backside at some point.
The solution is easy, tie on your snap at the bottom, within the first two inches run the line (typically 20 or 25 lb test) twice through a 5 mm bead and slide on your #6 gold perch hook, then run another 5 mm bead down the line and loop the line through once. Repeat this process 8 to 10 inches above the first hook, and then 20 inches or so above that, tie on a crane swivel. If you are already using a snap and swivel on your main line, you can skip the crane swivel, and just tie a double loop knot to connect too. Now, to get your third hook on the line, down at the snap, attach an eight inch snell when you put your weight on. You will catch more fish simply because you have now three hooks in the perch’s natural strike zone….easy peasy!
Now that you are making your own perch fishing gear, its time to get organized! You do not want to open an old styled tackle box that looks like a cheap tool box. I have your gear ready when you need it, not moving a tangled mess around to get the things you want. You can use an old cat litter bucket like the one I used in the next link, or if you don’t have cats, go to the local Menards, Meijer or craft type place and get a small five gallon tote with a lid. Organize your snells, rigs and weights, so they are ready when you are!
To wrap this up, you can pick up a few pointers from the following previous posts, and they should help you put more fish in the box at the end of the day.