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Pro Secret: The #1 Rig for Slaying Early-season Yellow Perch

Stir up the sediment to attract perch. Credit: Gord Pyzer.

Perch Plan

Gord Pyzer shares his simple, lethal twist on the classic drop-shot set-up

Nothing lures in jumbo yellow perch like a cloud of silt erupting from the bottom, making them think another perch is sucking up goodies and spitting out the leftovers. That makes drop-shotting one of the best ways to attract naturally curious perch—and trigger them to bite.

Stir up the sediment to attract perch. Credit: Gord Pyzer.
Stir up the sediment to attract perch. Credit: Gord Pyzer.

To stir up bottom, I typically use a heavier 3/8- to 3/4-ounce ball-shaped weight at the end of my rig, depending on the water depth. I then secure a minnow or scented soft-plastic worm, grub or tube about 16 inches above it on a thin-wire, razor-sharp #6 or #8 drop-shot hook. After I lift up the rig and pound it into the bottom two or three times to create a dust storm, I leave the weight on the bottom, draw my line tight and wait for that telltale tug.

Gord Pyzer

Gord Pyzer

Fishing Editor Gord Pyzer is widely regarded as Canada's most scientific angler. Known in fishing circles as Doctor Pyzer, he worked for 30 years as a senior manager with Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources before devoting all his energies to fishing. A member of the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame, the award-winning writer is also an internationally sought out speaker, tournament angler and field editor with In-Fisherman Magazine and Television. As well, he co-hosts the Real Fishing Radio Show with Bob Izumi. Catch Gord on the Outdoor Journal Radio Show live every Saturday morning 8:05AM EST. If you're in southern Ontario, tune your radio to Sportsnet 590 The FAN AM or visit www.fan590.com and listen live online.