Rigging for perch
1/2/09 @ 9:44 AM
OK. It has been years since I have fished for perch on Lake Mendota. Back then we used "mendota rods" with these long weights on them. We did start using some small spinning outfits also, but we still used these long (6 - 10 inch) weights. Is this still the normal weight rig? I have quite a few small rods and spinning reels, so that is good to go, but I am wondering about the latest way to get the jig to the bottom quickly. Thanks.
1/9/09 @ 6:24 PM
Use snap swivels to attach the sinker. Both ends this will help to keep your line from breaking. Washer towards the top. Leader line ( the line going from the bottom of your sinker to your jig/Hook ) should not be any longer then the sinker or it will get caught on your main line while your dropping it down the water column.
1/9/09 @ 5:01 PM
I have used several different flashers when fishing these sinkers and if the gain is up enough usually you can see the top of the sinker and a foot or two below you can also see your jig. Basically you are watching two lines on the screen that move together with the bottom one being your bait. In a school of perch you end up being better off watching your spring bobber or rod tip once they move in close.
1/9/09 @ 2:50 PM
I bought a few from D&S yesterday. It's a piece of copper with a washer on it and the ends hammered flat. Each end then has a swivel on it. My question is am I using it correctly. I tied the end of my line to the sinker. Then on the bottom of the sinker I tied 6-10 inches of line and a jig to the end of that. Pretty much just an inline sinker. Just seems to me like it would be a little difficult to tell exactly how close you are to the bottom. I'm using an FL-8 so I have no zoom. I'm mostly a shallow lake guy so maybe it just takes a little getting used to.
1/7/09 @ 4:37 PM
1/6/09 @ 10:11 AM
1/4/09 @ 6:21 PM
Many bait stores around madison have what would be called a Mendota rig. basically It`s a piece of wire with a washer near the top ( washer is so your locator can pick up your location better ) . Gander may even have some. We use ultra light spinning rods with 4 lb test.
1/3/09 @ 6:02 PM
While I have not done alot of deep water perch fishing I will share what I have done. I have taken a wire hanger and cut 8-10 inch lengths flattened the ends, and drilled some holes in each flattened end. I put a split ring in each end. Then I attach the "hanger rod" to the main line. Then a Perch eye jig attached to a peice of line that is shorter than the hanger rod. Baited with meat of choice. I definately outfished my buddies whith this set-up. DISCLAIMER, this is not my idea, but that of some old codgers that used to fish Winnibigosh, and watch porn for a weekend fishing trip.
1/3/09 @ 4:51 PM
I fished deep water perch for years out in Utah.Up to 50 feet deep. Best rig that I used is described here: About two feet up tie on a jig of your choice, one foot down from that you can either use a flasher, which is just a small shiny spoon with some weight to it, or a splitshot with a 1/4 OZ bell sinker above it. A foot below that tie on another jig. Bait both with waxies or cut bait . Cut bait would be a small perch. When you lower this rig to the bottom with the weight, you can tell just how much to raise it off the bottom when the weight hits. With a spoon or flasher it may be more difficult to tell when it has hit bottom. Also the spoon or flashers tend to flutter off to the side, giving an inaccurate depth. I always used a glow rat finkee on the bottom and a pinkee rat finkee on the top.Keep the bottom jig about an inch off the bottom. Either jig will tell you where they are biting right on bottom or,if up off the bottom you will get them on the top jig. If you get them on the top jig, raise the bottom jig up about a foot and you can start to get doubles.This rig gets the bait down fast and you dont have to wait to try and pull line off to get the bait down quicker.