Fall Slip-Bobber PerchBy Eric Brandriet - September 21, 2021
Slip-bobbers or floats are often thought of as non-effective or for someone who can't catch fish by other means but are key in catching some of the biggest perch. Everyone's arsenal should have room for slip-bobbers/floats simply because they can deliver and maintain baits at specific depths. Being able to place them in exact locations with the ability to drop baits straight down is a big advantage. An Okuma Dead-Eye Pro 6.6 ML rod paired with an Okuma Ceymar C-10 reel allows for pinpoint casts putting floats in exact locations. Light line like 4-6lb fluorocarbon allows easy casting, low visibility and easy line movement through the bobber allowing for a quick drop.
Northland Tackle Lite-Bite Slip Bobbers are favorites due to easy casting and high visibility in all conditions. Keeping it simple under the bobber with a split shot and a single #6 octopus style hook can be very effective. Larger profile baits like fathead minnows or small horizontal jigs tipped with plastics and/or spikes for added scent are proven big perch favorites. Minnows, nightcrawlers, spikes/wax worms are all perch favorites and should be rotated regularly when action slows. Pay close attention to how bait is rigged, perch will let their preference be known so it can be easily replicated.
Perch are far from a "winter only" species providing great fall angling action. Cool temperatures coupled with an all-day bite makes it a prime season to get family and friends on the water.
Who does not enjoy seeing a bobber go down and instantaneously setting the hook on a JUMBO PERCH?
Be safe and good luck on the water this fall season!