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The best rig for late-season perch, crappies and bluegills

In season: Panfish

Increase your catch with this double-jig rig

Catch more fall #perch, #crappies, #bluegills and other panfish with @GordPyzer’s secret double-jig rig Click to Tweet

The next time you find late-season crappies, yellow perch and bluegills spread out along the lake bottom, here’s a technique for catching twice as many fish. Take a 10-inch length of four-pound fluorocarbon leader material and attach it to your mainline leader of the same material using a simple double or triple surgeon’s knot. Tie it on so that it terminates about 10 inches up from the end of the main leader; that way, the lines will never tangle.

Use a surgeon’s knot so this double-rig won’t tangle

Next, tie a 1/8-ounce white, silver or gold ball-headed jig to the end of each leader and thread on a two- or three-inch white or white pearl curly tail grub. Flip the rig over the side of the boat and let out enough line so the jigs are within a foot or so of the bottom. Then drift with the wind or use your electric trolling motor to pull the boat slowly along. Double-header, coming up!

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 and listen live online.