As a rule, when catching a perch, small baits are used: spinners up to 4–5 cm in size and the same balancers. For active perch, this is the optimal size. Larger lures less suitable for perch, but may be interested in pike. True, she most often responds to broader, planning baits. One way or another, but even if there is a lot of pike in the pond, most anglers catch it on the toes. Among the spinners for a perch, I prefer models with a single hook: it is easier to remove fish from them, and the hooks are much smaller. In addition, they are easier to release by unhooking, if you still hooked. This is important, as good spinners are expensive. For example, handmade silver baubles are sold in stores for about a thousand rubles. It is well worth it, but it doesn’t raise a hand as a consumable.
Usually for perch are used highly elongated baits – “carnations” of various configuration, with a single crochet. Depending on the width of the spoon the game of different models can vary from almost vertical to relatively wide. When fishing you should have different options with you and pick the one that will work most efficiently. It is almost always useful to add a small red cambric to the equipment of the perch lure or put a red spot on the lower part of the lure. As for balancers, among the products of well-known companies – Rapala, Kuusamo, Nils Master, Karismax – there are many small models, well suited for catching perch. There is often a question about leashes. I can say quite definitely: when catching a perch, the leash is contraindicated. In my practice, there were only a few cases when a perch was actively taking on baits with a Kevlar leash, but this happened on completely “wild” bodies of water, where anglers appear extremely rarely. On actively visited reservoirs, it is better to abandon leashes completely.
The line for catching perch is to use only monofilament. All cords, even marked “Ice”, are not very suitable for winter. The main drawbacks are frosted over, do not dampen fish jerks, the diameter is much larger than that indicated on the package. Pletenka more informative, but this advantage when using the gatehouse almost loses its relevance. It is good only when catching perch at great depths, where instant hooking is required, and, perhaps, when catching a good pike with large balance weights, but such catching will begin later on large reservoirs. When fishing for trolling, fishing line can be used with a diameter of up to 0.18 mm, but it is better within 0.12–0.14 mm – this is quite enough for fishing with small spoons. Choosing the diameter of the fishing line, you must consider the size and weight of the bait. The fishing line noticeably sails in the water and thereby affects the play of the bait. For example, a heavy lure with a length of 4 cm can stretch a fishing line and 0.16 mm while playing normally, but if the bait is light, then a relatively thick fishing line will knock the game down.
Technique of fishing
The technique of playing when catching perch, at least in the first light, is quite simple: a wave – a pause. The hand should move easily, without tension, the lifting height of the lure is 30–40 cm. To make the hand less tired, it can be placed on the knee of the outstretched leg. Where biting a large perch is possible, you should release the reel stopper and hold it with your finger. In the case of a strong jerk, the finger manages to pass the fishing line with a slight braking. The length of the pause in the game may be different. It all depends on the activity of the perch. The more active it is, the shorter the pause. When sluggish kleve pause can reach 20 seconds. Perch very often takes exactly a pause. This is due to the fact that at the time when the hand is already immobile, the bait continues to move. Even after 10–15 seconds, it can still continue to turn around its axis, which may attract the perch.
One way to activate the perch is that the spoon after a sharp toss is not lowered down, but left at the top of the lift. After a pause, again, toss and lure again do not allow to fall. It turns out intermittent rise with short pauses. This often brings results, especially when the perch is nearby, but does not dare to bite. Apparently, he cannot calmly look at the prey elusive in the upper horizons.
Features of fishing
There are many nuances in catching perch. Traditionally it was thought that on a fresh hole it was helpful to start with long strides. The spoon was lowered to the bottom and then several sharp and maximum sweeps were made to attract the perch to the hole. In recent years, many baublers have refused from this method, since perches, apparently, simply run away from these unnatural movements. It also turned out that the perch does not like the vertical fall of the bait to the bottom. Experienced sharpeners begin to fish the wells from top to bottom, practically from the edge of the ice. In most cases, especially at first frost, the perch squeezes the fry upward and takes either directly under the hole, or in the middle layers. Therefore, the best option is to start fishing directly from the ice and catch all horizons, consistently extending the line by half a meter.
Even if the bites start at the very bottom, the perch rises with time and bites go higher and higher. In rare cases, the perch remains at the bottom. In this case, there is a way to activate the bite, which often helps in the deaf, but it can be effective in first place. It can be used where the bottom is sandy or at least fairly dense. The spoon is lowered to the bottom, paused, then, focusing on the bend of the nod, it is loaded so that the hook remains at the bottom and the body of the lure rises. For some reason it provokes a predator. The perch, often quite large, often sucks in the bait with sand or presses it to the bottom, clinging to the “tie”.
Catching a perch on a lure or balancer is very dynamic and gambling. Probably for this reason, the ranks of the baublers are constantly multiplying. According to forecasts, this year the ice should rise by the end of December, which means that first ice is just around the corner.