Jig perch

What bait is better to use. How to fix some drawbacks of lures. How to make the game more high-frequency. Extra bait during sluggish biting. Flavors.

What perch will you catch?

One of the most common fish in our Russian waters is, of course, perch. Before fishing, you should immediately determine what prey is a priority: a lot of small perches or the search for a larger humpback?

Usually small snacks gather in large flocks, medium ones - in smaller flocks, and the most seasoned humpbacks closer to one and a half to two kilograms already live as hermits and lead a solitary life, as befits a real predator. Since baits also need to be prepared in advance for a certain perch, then you must be prepared for the fact that you can not catch a large one or catch one, two. To catch these humpbacks, vibro-tails, twisters, and foam-fish can already be 5-15 cm in size. Moreover, quite often vibro-tails with a size of 8-12 cm come across perches weighing 200-300 gr.

Vibration tails

Of the narrow shafts, Long John is considered to be rather catchy and popular. Shad type abdominal tails are also used. If necessary, Long John can be made from the bait shed by cutting off the sagging abdomen with a knife. The most catchy are baits that can actively play even at a low winding speed. MANN`S products fully possess these qualities. Vibro-tails of this company are made of very soft silicone and structurally they already have the ability to play at low speeds.

How To Fix Some Vibration Tailings

Some of the drawbacks of baits, which you can’t always check when buying, can be partially corrected by making a flexible suspension of the vibro-tail to a sinker such as “cheburashka” or “eared sinker” through the winding rings. In this case, instead of a single hook, the hitch is equipped with a double, which will avoid many empty bites and breaks in the tail of the vibrotail. Both methods of equipping the bait have pros and cons. And here we need to take into account this pattern: vibro-tails, mounted on a jig head, play best with a light weight, and when weighting the equipment is heavier, it is better to make a flexible suspension with the help of clockwork rings to a sinker with ears. On a heavy jig head, the best vibrotail may not work at the full capacity of its capabilities. With a rigid attachment on the jig head, it is also important to balance the weight of the bait and the load. As with an excessively heavy jig head, the vibrotail may not play with a very light load. At the same time, the wiring itself can be quite acceptable, but if the vibro-tail falls to the bottom, its tail will not fluctuate. And this stage of the bait game is also considered very important in the list of phases of the game. In order for the vibro-tail to play in full and on the fall of the bait down, you need to increase the speed of the fall, which is achieved by weighting. That is, you need to put a heavier jig head. There are also tricks to improve the game of the bait, especially small vibro-tails, which are very difficult to lift and "start up" very tight. They simply refuse to play due to the mismatch of their sizes with the quality of rubber and design features. At the same time, small vibro-tails are considered the most catchy among perch vibro-tails. To make such a vibratory tail play, you can warm up the bait in hot water and stretch it in length at the tail (Cook rubber, cook). At this point, the rubber will become thinner, which will contribute to a more active game of the tail. You can also change the angle of inclination of the tail heel, that is, make it steeper and closer to an angle of 90 degrees, select the longitudinal grooves in the body of the bait at the tail or draw points. All these operations are done with a red-hot metal rod with a rounded end or with a device such as "Stayer", "Pattern", "Smoke" for burning on wood. To change the angle of the heel of the vibratory tail, you need to touch the device or the rod slightly at the bottom of the heel, on the border between the body of the bait and the heel. And immediately after touching the red-hot needle, move the heel in the direction of the angle of 90 degrees.

To "sew and flog" to the end, if necessary, you can make the vibro-tail game more high-frequency. This is if after operations to change the angle of the heel and give the tail grace and subtlety, the bait will suddenly respond excessively widely even to slow wiring. You just need to trim the heel and make it thinner. Then the tail will work more actively and with a small amplitude. And vice versa, if you want to make the tail thicker, it is enough to build on the heel from the outside a layer of silicone taken from some unnecessary bait. This is also done with strong heat.

In some cases, you can slightly modify the load of the jig head. Often, a lead spike spoils small silicone baits, tearing it at the point where the bait is pricked onto the spike. During grip and sweeping, a sharp movement of the silicone body on the hook of the jig head is inevitable, which leads to damage to the bait. You can simply wind a wire or kapron thread at this place and grease with waterproof glue. Then the silicone will not slip.


As well as small vibro-tails, small twisters cause the greatest number of bites, it is clear that the fish are smaller. Twisters are also very catchy lures for catching perch. But the problems with these lures are common. And small twisters sometimes work poorly due to the hard base of the tail. At the same time, operations with stretching and thinning the bait do not always lead to the desired result.

When choosing a bait, one should take into account the fact that the length of a twister with its tail extended will sometimes be much longer than that of a vibrotail of the same seemingly dimensions. When buying a bait, you need to watch it in full length. Twisters come in many forms. Some of them resemble some kind of fantastic sea animals with two or four tails. Under certain conditions, these strange lures are very effective in catching perch.

Another factor to consider

With high-quality and soft rubber, it is better to put an offset hook, since it can be drowned without consequences in good silicone and the hooking will be just as reliable as with an open hook. And in this case, the narrow Long John, vibro-tail, twister, artificial worm will be already unobtrusive baits, capable of catching in the coarse places characteristic of the habitat of perch. One example of such a bait can be the so-called “Texas” rigging, where a passive silicone worm on an offset hook that does not have its own game and is closed in front with a sliding sinker in the form of a revolving bullet passes completely through “strong” places. Moreover, this equipment is very effective in catching a predator, in particular medium and large perch.

Foam Fishes

Speaking of foam fish, it should be noted that for catching perch more often 5-8 cm long baits are used, but the so-called sports "foam" are even smaller, somewhere around 3 cm. They take desperately flocking small and medium perches. Moreover, for such miniature foam-rubber fish, a special jig-head is not required. Winter tungsten mormyshka may well come up. In addition to factors of the attractive appearance of foam rubber baits for predators, odors are also widely used, in particular, they impregnate baits with fish blood, mucus, and various attractants are used. Sensas products for perch fishing have proved to be quite good. Foams soaked with these fragrances can bring success to the most protracted beaklessness. When using such attractants, baits can effectively work on a long pause, just lying on the bottom.

Foam-fish also showed themselves well and on flexible fastening of equipment to a sinker with ears. The peculiarity of the vertical biting game of foam rubber fish in combination with the hinged suspension of the snap gives a very good effect when the perch is sluggish, especially if the bait is saturated with attractants.

Polyurethane foam lures have also been used successfully in catching perch.

But their feature is that they do not have their own game due to the rigidity of the material. Therefore, the hook should be in the rear, and the installation of equipment is best done in a flexible or articulated version. Especially for catching perch, small baits are more often used. As well as in jig fishing with foam lures, stepped wiring is also used here, in which the lures are poked into the bottom by “noses”, jumping briskly from one “step” to another, making short movements along the arc. But when using these passive lures that do not have tails and a flexible body like twisters, vibro-tails and worms, a more varied and not quite classic step wiring is required - a short winding, a pause ... Here you can use twitching of the rod tip, something like twitching, alternation of different lengths of pauses, in short, the more diverse the wiring with elements of unpredictability, the greater the chance of a good biting perch. Even wiring can be very effective when fishing on active baits, that is, having tails: twisters, vibro-tails, Long John, and worms.

Spinning for fishing

For an effective game of lures, it is better to use quick-action rods with various jig nods, fiberglass flexible tops-gatekeepers and other sensitive devices. This allows you to subtly feel the bait and bite during complex and varied wiring.

Lure Color

When fishing at shallow depths and slow wiring, the colors of the lures are very important. Perch is especially active in the first place to red, then yellow, lemon, green. Successfully used for coloring lures and combining these colors. In clear water and during sluggish biting, perch sometimes responds better to baits of neutral and nondescript colors.

Additional lures

And in conclusion, I would like to mention very effective additional bait for catching perch, which are placed above the main jig bait. This tandem is called differently: "train", "herringbone" . And often on pieces of white and red cambric, mounted on a regular hook, pecks better than a jig. Also in this quality, various wools, bunches of synthetic threads and even foam balls are used. During sluggish biting, it is these simple baits that can help a bored fisherman.