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Perch Help

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Going out of one of the east side resorts in a sleeper next week. Would love to get into some perch. Can anyone offer any suggestions to the bait or baits of choice? Live\artifical? Jigging\bobber? Etc.

All help uis appreciated.

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Try using a 1" long jigging spoon (swedish pimple, buck shot, forage minnow) with a small treble hook. Tip the treble with a minnow head or 3 lively waxies (1 per hook). Jig it from 3" to 18" off bottom. Once the fish start coming up for it, keep raising it slowly. From my experience, the higher a fish comes up after the bait, the more likely he is to hit it.

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I'll agree with what Rather B said, but if you continue to have fish come through and they won't take, don't be afraid to set the bait on the bottom for a while. And pound the bottom to stir it up a little. It may be just the trick to trigger those jumbos. It has worked quite well for me in the past. Good luck. Wish I was going frown.gif

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EVERY TIME I FISH MILLE LACS, I DROP THE JIG AS FAST AS POSSIBLE TO THE BOTTOM, COUNT TO 5 AND JUST SET THE HOOK AS IF A FISH WERE THERE. MANY, MANY TIMES, A PERCH HAS ALREADY GRABBED IT AND JUST SETTING THE HOOK GIVES IT NO TIME TO DROP THE BAIT WHEN IT FEELS TENSION.

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Thanks guys. Does it make any sense to put down a bobber line in addition to jigging? If so, what type of presentation would you use?

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I would. You never know exactly what they want... I would put down a fathead or crappie minnow on a small jig like a demon or teardrop. You may find a waxie or some eurolarve will work too. If there are a few guys in the house, have everyone try different things to get a pattern established about what is good and not so good and go from there. Don't be afraid to ask the resort and its employees for and tips and recent info. Have fun and Good Luck grin.gif

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When we were up last year we caught most of our perch on bobber lines with a crappie minnow. They just wouldn't really bite on the jigging spoons.

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i actually prefer to set a tip up instead of a dead stick right next to me int he shack. i set it a little ways away from me. i always drill a second hole right next to it. when the flag goes up, i grab my pole and jig the hole next to it hoping there are more than one fish there. the fish seem to move in and out all the time and spreading it out a little bit is not a bad idea.

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i guess my recommendation would be to try anything. if you arent getting bites, change size of presentation and action. if nothing seems to be working, mobility is key. there are multitudes of spots to try and hopefully be successful.

good luck to everyone. good fishin'

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Hello BGP,

One thing you may want to do is bring multiple sized jigging spoons, preferably 1/8 oz & 1/16 oz. I usually start out with the 1/8th oz tipped with maggots or minnow head. If the fish are or become finicky, try downsizing to the 1/16th oz with a smaller portion of maggots or smaller minnow head. If they still are turned off try a dropper rig. Pull the hooks off of the 1/16th oz jig, tie on a 6" 2lb piece of flouro. use a small hook, i use a single egg, but any size 8 or 10 hook will work. Use subtle jigging motions to get them to commit. This tactic has worked wonders for me in the past! Good luck!

-nate

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