Successful Perch Fishing For Beginners & Advanced


If you want to fish perch successfully, you should follow some basic principles. Therefore, in this article we will go into essential tips that should help especially beginners and novices. This beginner’s guide for beginners and advanced anglers is therefore divided into different sections.

Here we go into the seasons (spring, summer, autumn, winter), the species (in pose, with feed basket, on the ground), the waters (in the river, canal, lake, groyne, herb), the best times, the weather, perch mountings, as well as the closed seasons and minimum sizes.

In addition you will receive a bonus lesson from us. Here we show you how to successfully fish for black bass and sea bass. This way you can divide the perch fishing into fresh water and salt water and prepare yourself perfectly.

Equipment / Devices for perch fishing

For perch fishing you need the right fishing equipment and the right devices. This is the only way to increase your chances of success with a big perch. In the following we present you different rods, reels, fishing lines and fishing hooks.

You learn what really matters.

Perch fishing rod

Of course you also need a good rod for perch fishing. Because here too, similar to trout fishing or pike fishing, there are special perch rods, adapted to the target fish.

These are not a must, but are highly recommended. Because they have been specially adapted to the target fish perch.

Common perch rods are usually between 1.80 m and 2.20 m long. The average casting weight is approx. 5 g to 30 g. With these barges ud can also land capital perch.

We can recommend short fishing rods for perch fishing, especially if you fish from a boat or go to a heavily overgrown bank. Otherwise the rod can of course be a little longer. A shorter rod gives you more flexibility and more room to manoeuvre.

Below is an overview of suitable perch rods that you can use for bait fishing, worms or spin fishing.

Note: The table can be scrolled left and right (e.g. on the smartphone).

What makes a good perch reel?

With a perch reel you should always follow the manufacturer’s specifications. But do not necessarily pay attention to the size (because these are with most manufacturers and different). Much more interesting is the weight and the line capacity.

Solid perch reels usually have a weight of 200 to 300 g. In addition, the line capacity is usually between 120 and 250 m.

Depending on the size of the water you want to fish, you should also choose a reel according to the size of the water. For small waters, rolls with a smaller line capacity are recommended, whereas for a lake you should choose a larger roll.

We can recommend the AnzeigeOkuma Ceymar XT CXT-40 if you are looking for an all-round reel. It has a corrosion resistant graphite body and a ball bearing with 8 bearings.

The gear ratio is 5:1, which means that the reel is rolled up 5 times during one crank turn.

The line capacity is 240m (0.25mm) and the weight is 283g. Below is a picture of it:

The right fishing line for perch fishing

We recommend you use a braided fishing line as your main line (minimum requirement). This is much better for bait control and is a good indicator.

If you choose a braided fishing line, a 0.08 mm to 0.13 mm braided fishing line is perfectly adequate. This line usually has a carrying capacity of 8 kg.

We can also recommend this indicator braided fishing line for perch.

If you still decide to use a monofilament fishing line, you should choose a line with a thickness of 0.20 mm to 0.22 mm. It then usually has a load capacity of approx. 4 kg. Monofilament fishing lines are suitable for perch fishing, especially for natural bait.

Alternatively you can of course choose a very fine steel leader.

Hooks for perch fishing – hook size

The following hook sizes are especially suitable for perch fishing:

  • 2
  • 3
  • 4 (for worms)
  • 5 (for worms)
  • 6 (for worms or
  • 7 (for worms or bundles of worms)
  • 8 (for worms or bundles of worms)
  • 9 (for worms or bundles of worms)
  • 4 (for worms)
  • 5 (for worms)
  • 6 (for worms or bundles of worms)
  • 10 (for worms or tauworm bundles)
  • 11
  • 12

The hook sizes are suitable (not only for perch) especially for spotting, bottom fishing, feeding, surface fishing, boilie fishing and bait fishing.

Furthermore you should use a special worm hook to fish for perch if possible. This hook has special barbs so that the worm or worms don’t slip off so quickly and stay on the hook for a long time.

For example the worm hooks from AnzeigeCormoran have proven to be very efficient.

Perch bait

Of course there are many perch baits which we would like to discuss in more detail in the following. Not all of them are ideal, but they have all been proven to be true in some way.

By the way: Our favorite lures for perch fishing are classic plugs. With these we were able to land the most and most capital perch on average.

Perch fishing with rubber fish

Rubber fish for perch fishing are especially suitable when the perch are rather slow. For example in winter or on colder days the rubber fish makes a lot of sense.

Therefore it is important that you guide the twisters slowly. Because the perch are not so fast and very sluggish on these days. In the following picture you can see a tricked perch caught with a rubber fish:

We also recommend the drop shot assembly in combination with the rubber fish if you want to play it safe. But which rubber fish should you use now? We have a solution for this as well: We can recommend these rubber fishes for perch fishing.

By the way: If you want to make your rubber fish more catchable in total, we can recommend the book “10 mysterious bait tricks”.

Perch fishing with bait fish / Köfi – Imitation of small fish

When you fish for perch you are not only successful with dropshot, wobbler or Texas rig. On the contrary: even with a classic Köfi (bait fish) you can be very successful at perch fishing.

Adjust the size of your bait fish to the size of the perch you want to catch. This means that it should be 5 to 16 cm long.

If you’re looking for “medium” bait fish, you should choose the smaller version (5 to 9 cm).

The 16 cm long Köfis, on the other hand, are more suitable for big perch.

But which bait fish should you use for perch?

Red-eyes have proved to be the best for us. But even small perch usually work. Because perch also eat themselves and belong to the so-called cannibal fish.

Place the perch hook best on the back or mouth of the bait fish. We recommend baiting at the mouth of the Köfi.

How and where to offer the bait?

Of course the choice of location is crucial when you’re fishing for bait fish. For the summer you should find a spot in shallow water or in mid-water. Alternatively you can try your luck on the edge of reeds or the roots of trees.

In winter, however, you should offer your bait in the deeper water zones. For this you can also use an echo sounder or fish finder before. Offer it in winter just above the bottom.

It is important that you bring the head as close as possible to the shoal of perch. Because the perch are usually very greedy.

It doesn’t matter if you offer it at the bottom or at the surface. The chances of catching it are relatively good in both sections of the water.

Which equipment should I use for the Köfi?

For us, you have proven that perch rods with a length of 3.50 to 4 m are best. Make sure that they have a soft action and that they have a soft cushioning effect when bitten.

A short fishing rod is only recommended if there is really little space available on the respective water.

On the rod a 0.18 to 0.26mm thick monofilament perch line is recommended. The advantage is that monofilament fishing lines are relatively stretchable. This gives you some leeway if the perch is not perfectly hooked.

You only need to use a 0.21 to 0.26 mm monofilament fishing line if you expect really big perch.

You should also use a pose mounting. Use a waggler with a load capacity of 5 to 10 g. This way you can see bites very well.

If you expect big perch, you should also use a steel leader and a small triplet. For small perch a hook size of 2 to 4 is sufficient.

You can read more about the perch mountings below.

Watch the following 17 minute video:

Perch fishing with worm + pose (No artificial bait – only natural bait)

The worm is also a very catchy way to outwit a perch. The advantage of this natural bait is that the perch is hardly suspected because of its naturalness.

The chances of success are naturally correspondingly higher. The worms are eaten by both small and large perch. Therefore you can offer this fishing lure for almost all perches.

Make sure that the worms look as alive as possible. Because this usually attracts the perch even more.

Which worm is the right one?

We can recommend the following two worms for perch:

  • Canadian tauworm (for big perch – order here)
  • Dendrobena (for small perch)

By the way: If the worm on the hook sticks out strongly to the left and right, there is a danger that it will only eat the tail or head of the worm. This is a great pity, because this way it “escapes” you.

Therefore the worm should be wound on the hook as completely as possible. You can achieve this by “winding” the worm several times onto the hook.

What does the fishing equipment for the perch bait worm look like?

Be sure to use a continuous float when perch fishing. This makes it easier for you to offer the worm at the right depth.

Avoid using too big poses. Because this usually confuses the perch.

In addition, pluckers are difficult to spot. Big swimmers, often scare the perch away because of the higher weight and the stronger resistance.

For perch fishing, use hooks in sizes 4 to 18, preferably even a display worm hook. This prevents the worm from “slipping” off the hook due to small barbs.

For mounting we recommend a float mounting. For this you need a stopper, a (steel) leader, a continuous float, a swivel and a hook with worm.

You can read more about the assemblies below.

By the way: Perch often bite shortly after the bait is cast. It can therefore be worthwhile to cast the bait from time to time.

Perch fishing with wobbler

One of the most catching artificial lures is definitely wobbler when fishing for perch. Here it can happen that the bites come stroke after stroke.

The advantage of the plugs is that they imitate the swimming behaviour of a “real” live bait. Because they only differ very little from real live fishes in their swimming behaviour.

What should the perch wobbler be like?

It is crucial that the perch plugs look as realistic as possible.

The following characteristics are crucial for success or failure:

  • Form
  • Size
  • Color
  • Similarity to fish living in the water

What they eat depends of course on the season. And of course you should also make the choice of the plugs dependent on this.

In the summer, for example, fish fry is on the menu. Therefore the plugs should be as small as possible.

In autumn and winter the plugs should be much bigger. A 10 cm long wobbler can therefore also bring perch of a corresponding size to the light of day.

Not only the season but also the current menu is important.

If, for example, bream are currently on the menu, the plugs should be as “high backed” as possible. With smelt, however, slim plugs are required.

The right color

The following colors have proven to be particularly effective for perch fishing:

  • Ayu
  • Baby Bass
  • American Shad
  • Blue Gill
  • Pearch
  • Silver Shiner
  • Wakasagi

These are extremely realistic colours that are often found in nature. More striking colors are the following (which have also proven to be very good):

  • Gold/Red
  • Red/Black
  • Gold/Black
  • Firetiger

Very realistic are for example the display Lucky Craft Wobbler. Here even the individual scales are colored.

Fishing for perch with spinner & spoon

Another very interesting lure is the spinner and spoon. This is a rotating metal disc that is very attractive for many predatory fish.

The spinner and spoon are only very remotely reminiscent of a natural fishing lure (such as a bait fish). Nevertheless, they are extremely catchy and are used by many anglers as artificial bait no. 1.

This is mainly because they are relatively easy to handle. They are “only” cast out and then caught again. They then make the “natural” rotating movement all by themselves.

Furthermore the wear and tear is not as high as for example with rubber fish. Spinners can usually be used over and over again.

What we also like very much about spinners is that they are very “usable”. That means that you can use them almost everywhere. No matter if in a lake or a river.

Spinners can be used for perch fishing for both beginners and advanced anglers.

To use it you just have to cast the lure and then “crank it in” again. In between you should still influence it a bit to increase its attraction.

For example by stopping suddenly when you catch up and letting it sink a little or by simply accelerating it jerkily. Because in this way you imitate an escape attempt that makes many perches curious.

In rivers or streams you always throw the spinner upstream and then lead it back to you with the current. This way the spinner always stays at the desired depth and the lure comes “from the front” for the perch. This makes it easier for him to grab the potential prey.

But the decisive factor is always that the spinner blade always rotates around its own axis. Otherwise it does not provide the necessary stimuli for the perch and does not bring the necessary and decisive effect.


With chatterbaits (also known as “shakers”) you can search very large areas within a short time.

And it doesn’t matter if the perch is on the rocky edge of a cliff or on a weed. The location is almost irrelevant.

Because the chatterbait mainly works with weights. This makes it possible for you to map the running behaviour at different depths.

But which rod should you use best?

We can recommend the Graphiteleader Vigore Nuovo 64L Spinning for perch fishing.

This rod has a very good, springy action which saves your wrist during permanent use.

How to fish for perch with chatterbaits in spring

In spring you should count chatterbaits with weights of max. 7 g.

You have the best chances of success especially in weedy bays. Here the water usually warms up faster than in muddy / loamy or even rocky areas.

On the other hand, if the weed reaches the surface, you should use chatterbaits with offset hooks.

Just crank the chatterbait monotonously. From time to time you can also stop the chatterbait to let it sink to the desired depth.

You should pay attention to this in summer

In summer you often have the problem that the perch simply do nothing and just “wait” very calmly on the bottom. Especially during the day this phenomenon is well known.

Now you should let a 2-inch flash-J, which is as gaudy as possible, sink to the ground on a chatterbait bait weight of about 5 g.

Then “twitch” the line a little to activate the perch. This has proven to be the best option for the summer.

Fishing with chatterbaits in autumn

In autumn the perch are also very deep in the water again. For this you should look for heavy chatterbaits of 9 to 15 g (note different bait sizes) in mid-water with regard to bait guidance.

When you have found a site, you should “throw over” it and then pull the bait over it with regard to the bait guidance.

Usually the perch will then bite all by itself.


Another catching perch lure are the so-called wormsticks. They are an insider tip for many perch anglers.

The wormsticks manufactured by Yamamoto even have an additional attractant. Many perches cannot resist this at all.

You can decide whether you prefer to use the wormstick in shallow water or up to a depth of 5 to 6 m. The baiting is done in shallow water at the so-called splitshot rig or by wacky style in deeper waters.

The variety of different colours is very large. Especially the colours green and pumpkin red worked best for us.

We can recommend the ad Yamamoto 9-10-369 Senko worm in 12.7 cm in the colour green / Pumpkin red.

Lead head spinner

You can also fish successfully for perch with so-called lead head spinners. Lead head spinners can usually be offered in different ways:

  • for searching for perch
  • for bait guidance close to the bottom

Spin Shads are available in different weights and bait sizes of 3, 5, 7, 14 and 22 g. So you can adapt and offer it individually to the respective water situation.

The best perch montages

Of course there are some montages that we don’t want to withhold from you and which are very suitable for perch fishing. One of them is the Carolina Rig. The other one is the classic basic rig. We will show you both.

In order to always have the right rig, we also recommend our book “the best fishing rigs”.

Perch fishing with the Carolina Riga

The first perch angler who successfully fished with the Carolina Rig is actually from Carolina. Hence the name. His name was Lloyd Deaver.

But many people also call it simply C-Rig, which is shorter and easier to pronounce.


Here are the most important advantages of the C-mount for us:

  • Easy guiding of the assembly
  • Easy assembly
  • Less “material” necessary
  • Ideal for the reason
  • Also suitable for beginners
  • There are generally fewer false bites (because the actual age bait floats)
  • You get to the bottom quickly
  • You can “feel” the bottom very well
  • The fish does not have to “overcome” any resistance from the weight (more frequent bites are possible)

The biggest advantage of the Carolina assembly is that the lure normally “floats” in the water completely independent of the cartridge lead used.

This in turn has the advantage that the weight of the cartridge lead can be relatively high and you can achieve significantly more casts. This also makes the so-called “basic contact” all the easier.

Furthermore, the lead sinks relatively quickly. The number of missed bites also decreases in relation to heavy jigs.

This makes it particularly attractive for many perches.


Unfortunately there are also some disadvantages of the Carolina assembly. We have listed these below:

  • The bite detection can sometimes fail
  • It can cause the perch to bite on the lead

But basically the advantages outweigh the disadvantages and make the assembly very valuable when fishing for perch.

How is the Carolina assembly structured?

For one of the most popular montages in perch fishing you don’t even need much and it is relatively easy to assemble. Below are the most important tools and lines you need for the C-Rig:

  • 13er main line (braided) 0,7 m FC (0,30 – 0,34 mm)
  • Cartridge lead (bullet)
  • (lock-) bead
  • Swivel, 0.5 m FC (0.24 – 0.28 mm)
  • Offset hook

The following illustration shows the structure:

By the way: The Carolina Rig can also be used in shallow water. Here you should just try out what works best for you.


Here is a short video about it. It goes just about 3 minutes:

Ground fishing with the basic assembly

The basic assembly should not be underestimated when fishing for perch. It is a good alternative to the classic Carolina assembly.

However, it is important that you pay attention to some things when setting up. We will therefore introduce you to the most important features in detail.

What do you need for the basic assembly?

Below are the most important utensils you need for basic assembly. These include:

  • lead
  • rubber bead
  • swivel
  • steel leader
  • bait

By the way: The steel leader is very important because it can be bitten by pike. This way you prevent the whole leader from being “bitten off” directly.

How is the basic assembly structured?

The construction of the basic assembly is relatively simple:

First the lead is put on the main line. Then you thread the rubber bead and fix the swivel. Afterwards the steel leader including the bait to be used is mounted to the swivel.

The following illustration shows you the construction:

For the basic assembly you should definitely use a rod with a relatively fine tip.

We recommend the indicator buying TETON L perch rod. With this one you can detect even the smallest plucker.

What else should you pay attention to?

If you use this assembly, you should not forget to feed the perch beforehand (preferably a few days).

Often a couple of dew worms or maggots help to suggest to the perch that this is a new and promising feeding place.

If there is a frequent false bite you may want to change the hook. Often the perch hook used is then too large or too small.

Perch angling with pose on pose mounting

The pose mounting is suitable for perch fishing because it allows you to offer natural bait without any problems. It is also relatively easy to assemble.

We also use it because bites are clearly indicated when a bite is made.

What do you need?

You need the following utensils for pose mounting:

  • Lock position (e.g.
  • Vortex
  • Lead shot (1, 2 or 3, depending on weight)
  • Leader
  • Hook (size 4 to 6)
  • Bait (for example:
  • bait for the fishing boat)
  • if necessary thin steel leader (if there are pike in the water)

The range is relatively manageable.

How is the assembly structured?

First of all the locking position is attached to the main line. Then lead shot is “jammed” so that the bait sinks better. To connect the whole thing with a swivel you should use a clinch knot (a popular fishing knot).

You can now attach the leader including hook (size 4 to 6) to this. The following illustration shows the assembly in a simple way:

By the way, if you want to use a small bait fish, you should bait it in the head area.

Don’t forget: If you are in a water where there is a lot of pike, you should definitely use a thin steel leader.

In the following we will explain how to use the assembly in the best way.

How do you use the pose assembly?

When fishing for pose, the pose assembly is ejected first. In this phase the bait then sinks a little.

Now the lure is very slowly retrieved with a few pauses. This makes the worm or bait fish even more lively.

What you should know: When you reel in the bait, the bait usually rises again. During the occasional breaks it sinks again.

Therefore it is recommended to “hang in” additional lead clamp just above the leader. In summer you should offer the bait mainly in mid-water. In winter, however, it is sufficient to position the lure close to the bottom.

It is also possible to leave the pose mounting “in peace”. This is because the dew worms “fidget” all by themselves and thus attract attention.

At the bite: If there is a bite, you should also set the stop directly. Because the perch often swallow the bait completely. If you set the bite immediately, you prevent the hook from being swallowed too deeply.

Perch fishing with a feed basket assembly

The special thing about the feed basket assembly is that the hook and bait “stay” in the same place. This is the place where the perch are located.

This allows you to offer your bait even in places where you don’t have a good view of it (e.g. when mounting a pose).

The feed basket ensures that the perch are attracted and in the best case also grab the other bait (with hook).

The right food

The food itself consists of its own relatively simple mixture of the following ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Corn
  • Made or worms
  • Water

Of course you can also buy a ready-made feed mix. But we have had very good experience with perch.

You do not therefore always have to use ready-made mixtures.

However, you should be aware beforehand whether you want to fish in a running water (to a river or stream) or in a still water (lake or pond).

Because depending on the type of water you should prepare the consistency differently. The following applies:

  • Running waters: firm consistency
  • Still waters: softer consistency

So if you need a softer consistency, you should simply use a little more water in the mix.

Assembly structure

But what do you need for the feed basket assembly? Below are the most important utensils you need:

  • Display feed basket (running along the main line)
  • Carabiner swivel
  • Bead
  • Swivel
  • Fluorocarbon leader
  • Hook with thaw

The lining basket assembly is a continuous assembly. This is because the feed basket can move freely on the main line. This has the advantage that when the fish picks up the bait, it does not immediately feel resistance through the feed basket.

In addition, when you bite into the bait it is immediately visible at the rod tip that a bite has been taken.

First you thread the carabiner swivel onto the main line. Then hang the feed basket onto this.

Now follow the bead (prevents the feed basket from “tearing off” the leader) and the swivel for the leader. At the very end you place the bait including hook.

The following illustration shows the assembly:

In principle the assembly is similarly simple as with the pose assembly.

Application of the feed basket assembly

The feed basket assembly is placed in the water in a similar way to the other assembly and sinks to the bottom at the appropriate point.

Here the feed begins to decompose (therefore special feed is also advisable). If it is a calm lake, the food will spread around the lure after a while.

This will first make the perch aware of the new feed.

In the best case they will then catch the thaw worm directly to get some variety.

The tip of the rod acts as a bite indicator because no pose is used.

Note: If the feed basket is placed far from the shore, the perch will usually not be suspicious.

Fishing for perch in different waters

If you want to fish for perch, you can of course do so in many different waters. These include rivers, canals, lakes and also at the groyne.

We will show you below how you should best behave in the different waters. Because the conditions are really different.

Perch fishing in the river

Big perch can be caught not only in the lake. No big fishing equipment is necessary either. Because often just a pose and a worm are enough to get the perch in your sights.

This means that you can often achieve more in flowing waters than you think.

But when is the best time to fish for perch in the river?

For us, summer has proven to be very good, especially in the river. And here you should watch out for the early morning hours in particular.

Because now most perch go in search of food. This then takes about 2 to 4 hours. Afterwards the sunfish usually leave the area again and stop searching for food (for the time being).

Which parts of the river are particularly interesting?

You should not concentrate on just one spot. It is much more interesting if you change locations and places from time to time.

Perch like to hike and usually never stay in one place.

You should pay particular attention to the following places:

  • Roots
  • Overhanging trees
  • Reeds
  • Water lilies
  • Washed-out banks

Here they like to “hide” to ambush other, smaller fish.

If you then notice that they are not in one place, you should change the place after a short time.

With what method & what equipment do you fish on the river?

For us, pose fishing has proved to be the best. The following equipment is particularly effective for us:

  • Waggler
  • Pose
  • 0,14 to 0,18 main line
  • Fluorcarbon leader (0,15 mm)
  • Lead shot
  • Stopper
  • Perch hooks (size 5 to 6)

Make sure that the pose is at a slight angle in the water (overdeep). In order for the line to float on the surface, you should grease it additionally. This way the danger is not so high that it “gets caught” in the plants.

When fishing for perch we use a thaw worm as bait. Tau worms have the positive characteristic in the river that they attract a lot of attention through their twists and turns, despite the currents, and thus tempt the perch to bite.

Make sure that it sinks slowly when it hits the water surface. This way the chance of a bite is even higher.

Also try to approach the whole field systematically in larger fields of water lilies. That means from beginning to end. At the beginning you should also throw the water lilies over them first and only tackle them directly if no bite has been taken.

By doing this you are only entering the “more difficult” part when it is really necessary.

Plane as “fathoming time” approx. 5 to 10 minutes.

If you are fishing in Seeroen fields, you should not use pose mounting. On the other hand, hang the thaw worm directly with the hook on the main line and then let the lure sink slowly. This way you avoid line twist and increase your chances of catching a perch.

As soon as it tamperes with the lure you should set a hook immediately.

Fishing for perch in a channel

If you want to fish for perch in a channel you should try spinning or bottom fishing. Because here too you can come across a variety of perch if you know where they are.

Also make sure that you pull in the lure a bit faster (not too slowly). Many perch are only really “awake” because of this.

In the following we will go into more detail about the different conditions.

Which lure is the right one on the canal?

We usually use rubber lures (with fork tail) and plugs with a size of 6 to 14 cm. Alternatively you can also use spinners in size 3, 4 or 5.

Try to use different coloured perch lures on the channel and try them one after the other. Here the lure can also have a more “gaudy” color.

Because perch react differently to different colour contrasts. This can also improve your chances of catching them.

As an alternative you can also use a silver shad (12 to 14 cm) on an unleaded offset hook. Make sure to cut the “shovel” off the tail. You can usually do this with a small knife or scissors.

Because this will make the shads look like a battered fish when you pull them through the water just below the surface.

Perch react very well to the shads.

How do I find the shoals of perch?

The best fishing bait won’t help you if you don’t know where the perch are

That’s why it’s important to find the perch shoals first. You can use an echo sounder or a fish finder in the channel for this purpose.

However, you need a boat for this. Often the perch in the canal are also directly at the sheet piles or at the stone packings.

But you can also meet perch at harbours or bridges. Here you have to “stretch” and keep the perch in the water until you find a suitable spot.

Perch fishing on the lake

Finding the robbers in the lake is usually the biggest challenge. Because nobody knows exactly where they are.

But once you have found the shoals, the chances of success can be even greater. Because often they then strike one after the other in rows.

Where do you find the perch in the lake?

If you really want to find places where most perch anglers can’t get to, you should organize a boat. Because it doesn’t necessarily have to be near the shore.

They are often found in the middle of the lake. If you don’t have your own boat, you can usually borrow one for little money.

Of course the easiest way is to use an echo sounder. With this you can quickly explore shallows and the structure of the water.

But even if you don’t have an echo sounder at your disposal, you can find perch relatively easily. You can use a depth map for this purpose, for example, which shows you break-off edges and other bottom structures.

For Schleswig-Holstein you can find free maps here.

If you do not have a depth map available, you should orientate yourself to the local conditions. For example, look at whether there are headlands. These usually continue under water – a hint for sloping shores

A nearby beach is also often a hint for shallow waters. Shallow running waters are particularly suitable for summer. In winter you should fish deeper (at the bottom) in the lake.

If you haven’t found any perch in one place, it’s advisable to change places and fish the lake systematically.

But if you found a good spot a little further from the shore you should definitely mark it. Because the next day it is very difficult to find it again “by feeling”.

For this purpose, for example, winding buoys are suitable.

Which bait should you use for perch fishing on the lake?

For us, 20 cm long rubber fish have proved to be the best. They should have lead heads that weigh at least 18 g. With these you can also fish larger areas relatively quickly and easily.

Perch are especially fond of not too big lures. If you are targeting perch you should be careful with the pike. Because they very often misuse perch bait.

At the lake the chances of success for a perch increase enormously

The following also applies to rubber bait: If no bite has been taken, you should keep the colour and only change when you have found a suitable spot.

If the perch bait doesn’t work you should try to offer the bait a few meters above the ground, especially in summer. Because here they often follow the shoals of food fish.

Here you should definitely try the rubber fish on the lead head again. Let it sink a few meters first and then slowly crank it back in.

The probability that a perch will strike now is very high.

Perch fishing at the groyne

Groynes have the advantage that many perches hide here in sandy hollows.

However, the groynes have the disadvantage that they are relatively uniform and you are forced to search longer. This makes the search for big perch particularly difficult.

If the groyne water is subject to the tides you have the advantage of being able to see structures (preferred hotspots of the perch) in the water immediately. These include for example:

  • Deepenings
  • Holes
  • Obstacles
  • Gullies

If you can’t recognize the structures easily, you have no other choice than to run and systematically “search” for possible structures.

Which bait is the right one at the stage?

We have had very good experience with so-called display rattle plugs. They are very similar to the arbour in the correct design and have proven to be extremely catchy for us.

Alternatively, you can “tune” it with a waterproof felt-tip pen to increase your bite count. Often a few dots or circles on the plugs are enough for this.

Just try different variations.

Which equipment to use on the stage?

Of course you need some equipment to be successful on the stage. We have prepared a small overview list of the most important equipment for you below:

  • Spinning rod (2.5 m to 3.20 m long, casting weight from 20 to 30 g)
  • Stationary reel (multi reel possible) with good brake
  • braided fishing line (max. load 7 kg, round version)
  • Landing net (extra long)
  • if necessary. Steel leader

In addition to the spinning rod and the stationary reel, a long landing net is required. This is because you often stand at the stage rather unsteadily and it can easily happen that you slip. Especially when trying to land it this can mean the loss of the fish.

Therefore it is even more important to bring the perch ashore quickly and safely (with a long landing net).

We can for example recommend this display from DAM.

An extra steel leader is recommended if you expect pike in the water. These can also be caught as by-catch.

The fishing line should be a braided line with a load capacity of approx. 7 kg. It should be a round line (in cross section) that sinks relatively quickly with the fishing bait. A “flat” line offers a higher water resistance and therefore sinks less fast.

Which method of groyne fishing should I use?

Try to place your lure as far out downstream as possible and then reel it in quickly against the current. In doing so, the plugs can touch the ground from time to time by “bumping” to attract the perch even more.

The wobbler can therefore be offered relatively deep. 20 to 30 casts should be enough to get a real overview of the groyne field

If you could land a perch, you should change the place for the time being to get some peace in the water.

After a few hours you can try your luck again. Often you will get another bite.


Perch are also present in Bodden. Especially in the area of Rügen there is a high chance to pull a perch out of the water. Especially in autumn we have had good experience with this.

For all who don’t know what Bodden is: Bodden is a shallow bay-like coastal water which is partly considered flooded land.

Here is a picture of the Bodden so you know what we are talking about.

Sometimes you can fish perch over 45 cm in size here if you try your luck in the right place.

Therefore it is even more important that you prepare yourself optimally for the Bodden.

Which bait to use on the Bodden?

The following baits turned out to be the best for us:

  • Balance jigs (for example this one from Angel Berger)
  • heavy lead spinners
  • small spinners (in summer)
  • spinners (size 2 to 6 in winter)
  • turn signals
  • Rubber fish (15 cm)
  • (dew) worms (in summer) (as recommended by Canadian worms)
  • Bait fish (for example roaches or small herrings)

Especially in summer you should use smaller baits. The big perch are more likely to be found in colder waters where the oxygen content is higher.

Small baits also have the advantage that fewer pike fall on them. In winter you can offer slightly larger perch baits.

Where is the Bodden most successful?

Perch like structures. Fairway edges for example offer such structures. Here they often stay in larger groups (4 to 12 perch) to wait for other (smaller) fish.

But sometimes they also travel alone. Where the shallow water meets the deep water you usually have the best chances.

You should also look out for perch in shallow water, especially in summer. Sandy spots between herb banks are particularly suitable. Sometimes they are also on the surface when the weather is good.

Alternatively, you can also find perch in the harbour of Sassnitz (they love to stay in harbour basins), on the Darßer Bank off Perow and the Oderbank.

In winter you can find them at depths of 3.5 to 6 metres. You should also try your luck at sheet pile walls. But don’t lead the bait too fast. Especially in winter they tend to move a little slower on the bottom.

Perch fishing depending on the weather

Of course the weather also plays a big role in perch fishing. So you get completely different results when it rains than when it’s sunny. Even at night, under certain conditions, there are some opportunities.

In the following we would like to show you what you should pay attention to in different weather conditions

Perch fishing in hot weather

Many people ask themselves whether they should go to the water when it is really hot and there is a strong heat outside. Are the perch then not too lazy or too sluggish to “bite”?

Yes, the perch have less desire to “rob” when it is hot. Often they just stand and do not move at all. Therefore you cannot avoid to “drive” them a little bit.

With a slowly guided rubber bait you will not get very far. You have to animate them properly to “strike”.

In the following we show you what you can do to make your hide a real success.

Which bait is the best for hot weather?

We have had the best experience with jerks or plugs. And this time it’s all about size: the bigger and more noticeable the lure, the higher the bite probability.

The following lures have proved to be particularly good for perch fishing:

  • Westin Swim (you can order this wobbler here for a special price)
  • Megabass Kanata
  • Rapala Jointed Deep Husky Jerk (with rattle)

You can’t go wrong with this lure.

Which fishing method should the perch bait be offered with?

When it’s hot, the main thing is to fish rather untypically. So give up the “normal” fishing methods and instead expose the bait to strong and striking stimuli.

The following stimuli are meant:

  • visual stimuli (caused by lures with eye-catching colours – you can also “pimp” them with a waterproof pencil)
  • acoustic stimuli (caused by aggressive fishing)
  • fast stimuli (caused by a fast bait)

So it’s important that you offer the bait fast and aggressively. Fast movements are the key to success.

What do you need to pay attention to with your equipment in midsummer?

As you have to fish very actively, you should of course make sure that you lose as much weight as possible both on the rod and the lure.

This means that when you fish perch in hot weather you should use a light rod and lighter bait.

The bait should be as unplanned and uncoordinated as possible. You can also lead it more aggressively.

It can happen that you “pass” the lure directly at the perch. But that does not matter. Because the perch are usually animated by this and then bite even more.

Just give them some time.

Perch fishing before, during or after the rain

If you want to catch a perch before, during or after the rain, there are a few things you should consider. Especially when the weather has changed, this can have a strong influence on fishing.

In our experience it is indeed crucial when you fish. The air pressure is different depending on whether you decide to fish before, during or after.

And this is why the fish react differently.

Before the rain starts

Do you know this? Actually the sun is shining but suddenly dark clouds appear. The chance of it starting to rain increases from minute to minute. The temperatures also drop noticeably. But what can you do?

To be honest, your chances of a bite are now higher than before. Because at this point the air pressure changes and it drops by one hecto-Pascal (hPa).

Therefore you should not go far (as most people probably do), but lay out another rod.

Of course, the “approaching” rain is no guarantee for a catch, but your chances increase anyway.

So use your chance to increase your odds of catching a perch.

During the rain

Perch fishing in the rain is not recommended. If you have been fishing so far, you can pack up with a clear conscience.

Of course you may bite from time to time, but you shouldn’t fish in the rain. Because the chances of catching the coveted predator are slim.

Even worse is a thunderstorm. There is a danger of being struck by lightning and therefore it should be avoided at all costs.

But when the rain cloud passes you by for a few kilometers, the chance looks different again. Many perches seem to feel this and start to snap.

So: As long as you don’t get wet and there’s no thunderstorm in sight you can keep trying your luck on perch. Otherwise it means: pack up first!

After the rain

When the rain has stopped, your chances of catching perch are usually the best.

Because now a lot of white fish come to the surface which of course attracts some perch. Also the oxygen content in the water is now much higher than before. Because the rain and the wind has added a lot to the lake water.

This of course also increases the energy reserves of all the fish which can lead to a real chase in the water.

The next 1 to 2 hours after the rain are very promising. So if you don’t want to get wet, you should go to the water after the rain if possible.

Perch fishing with wind

Wind has a decisive advantage: it increases the oxygen content of the water. The wind also ensures that the nutrients are better distributed in the water.

The increase in the oxygen content can be felt mainly in the areas of the shore towards which the wind blows. This in turn ensures that the algae population increases and the fish feel even more comfortable in that area.

In addition, the wind often blows many small insects onto the surface of the water, which in turn attract many small fish, which in turn attract perch.

So the wind has a positive influence on the water and can help to “activate” many perch. However, the wind direction has less influence when fishing for perch. It doesn’t matter whether it comes from the north, east, west or south.

When the wind is blowing AnzeigeCrank wobblers, blinkers or spinners are particularly suitable as perch lures. These have a very distinct play of their own and are more controllable in the lead when hauling in.

Perch fishing at night

Normally the perch is a predator fish that is most active during the day. But it is also possible to outwit it at night.

Because especially at night they like to be in swarms. So once you have found them, the chance of landing one is very high.

Where can you find the robbers at night?

The following hotspots have proven to be particularly catchy at night:

  • Sheet piling
  • Flat gravel banks
  • Underwater edges
  • Entrances from harbours (pay attention to current edges)

Individually (i.e. if you are travelling alone) we have had the best experience on sheet piling. But also at port entrances, the chances of finding some loners are very high.

Here you can watch them on the current edge. Just try several places until you find the best one.

Which perch lure works best at night?

The dark surface lures are recommended as lures at night. Because they have a strong contrast to the dark night sky.

You can also use dark spinners. If they make additional noises (for example by rattling) they attract the attention of the predators particularly strongly.

But there are other lures that work. Below is a list of all the lures that have proven to be particularly catchy at night:

  • Buzz bait
  • black plastic worms
  • jigs
  • dark spinners
  • dark surface baits

The indicator buzz bait is an excellent lure for moonlight fishing. We recommend to keep the black feathers to increase the contrast and not to replace them.

The typical noises when pulling in are completely normal and tempt the perch even more to bite due to the pressure waves.

Also include a large buzz bait in your fishing bag when the perch are active. The smaller buzz baits are recommended when there is no activity.

Jigs are an alternative. Especially if you are in the undergrowth, gravel banks or on the rocks. The bait should always be led slowly. At night try to lead the jig as close to the ground as possible.

The jig can be a bit bigger if you like.

Or use black plastic worms. These have also proved to be very effective in the past. It doesn’t matter if the worms are also a bit bigger. The bigger the bait the higher the chance of a capital big perch.

You can also enrich the worm with some attractant (we recommend the display attractant from Ryba) to get it even more on your plan. Because they can see less at night (although they have very good eyes for fish). Therefore the sense of taste and smell is all the more active.

Be careful not to offer the bait too quickly. It is advisable to use a slow but steady bait.

What else should you pay attention to?

When night fishing for perch a small light source can make a big difference. Because more perch tend to stay here because they can see better when they’re hungry.

Light sources include the full moon, lanterns that light sidewalks or light from nearby houses.

So if you have the choice between a completely dark and a partially lit spot on the lake, you should choose the lit spot first.

Perch fishing by season – what to look out for?

Of course not every season is optimal for perch fishing. And that’s why it’s important that you distinguish between spring, summer, autumn and winter. Because the different seasons naturally change the conditions to be successful on perch.

We explain here on what you should pay attention to.

Perch fishing in spring / spring (March, April & May)

If you want to fish in spring / spring you should consider months like March, April and May.

Because before the actual spawning season (pay attention to closed seasons) it can often be observed that the perch move from deep to shallow water.

Often they can be found on the bank. But this is only half the truth. Because near the shore there are mainly the younger, smaller and not so experienced perches.

The larger perch, however, are located elsewhere.

Where are the big perch in spring?

The following areas have proved to be particularly suitable for us:

  • steep edges
  • transitions to backwaters like oxbow lakes
  • ridges
  • perch mountains

You definitely can’t do much wrong with this. But in spring you should look for perch especially near deeper places. Because here they like to stay on structured grounds.

Similar to perch fishing in summer, autumn and winter, you should also get a water chart. Alternatively, you can use Google Earth to locate and better recognize structures.

Even a fish finder or an echo sounder can’t hurt here. Because with it you can detect trenches, changing structures and depressions relatively effortlessly.

Pay particular attention to steep edges where the ground falls flat from the shore. Here capital big perches often stand in a water depth of 2 to 3 m.

Because here the perch have the chance to disappear quickly into deep water in case of danger.

Which bait in spring?

The spring before spawning is one of the best times to fish for perch. The following baits have proved to be particularly catchy for us in spring:

  • Rubber baits
  • Jigs
  • Crankbaits

Usually you can’t go wrong with these.

Perch fishing in summer / midsummer in the heat (June, July & August)

Perch fishing in summer (especially in June, July & August) is not always easy. Because, when they are not hunting for prey and therefore swimming to the surface, it is sometimes difficult to find them.

Especially in midsummer and in the heat, they often hide in the deeper waters.

But the nice thing is that they are usually always in shoals. So you can often meet many of the same species at once. Once you have found them, your chances of catching them are particularly high.

Once you have found them you can quickly land several perch.

The question is whether you have the patience to find the perch?

Where do you find perch in summer?

The big problem is that theoretically the perch can be everywhere. But in practice it often looks completely different: Because they like to spend a lot of time in carefully selected places.

The best way to reach these places is by boat anyway. Not everyone has a boat and most anglers prefer the safe shore. And perch like to stay in places where they haven’t had the worst experience most often.

So you increase your chances of success with a boat and places that are not so heavily frequented.

Often you can also get charts when you rent a boat. Here you can find depths, heights, break-off edges and also perch mountains.

An alternative here is a fish finder.

The following places have proved to be particularly useful in summer / midsummer:

  • Water islands (especially on the flat slopes)
  • Break-off edges

You should also search for them depending on the time of day. For example, during the day in summer (and especially at the height of summer) they can be found at depth.

When is the best time in summer to fish for perch?

When it starts to dawn and evening, the perch like to come into shallow water.

Also pay attention to special signs in the water in the morning and evening: if smaller fish suddenly jump out of the water, there may be one or more perch close by.

This phenomenon is also supported by the fact that suddenly circling seagulls fall into the water. This is because they want to catch the jumping smaller fish.

Watch out for gulls circling around above the water.

Once you’ve found a good spot with your boat, you should definitely drop an anchor here.

What equipment should you use in summer?

In summer you need a rod that is as sensitive as possible. The following is an overview of the equipment you should use in summer:

  • soft rod (length 2 m to 2.70 m (depending on the depth – the deeper – the longer) casting weight 5 to 45 g) e.g. the AnzeigeDAM Effzett Perch special rod
  • Perch reel (size 2000 to 2500)
  • braided fishing line (capacity approx. 4 kg)
  • Fluorocarbon (1,5 m length, 0,18 to 0,3 mm thickness)
  • use steel leader for possible pike

If you stick to it, you won’t do much wrong to outwit the perch.

Perch bait in summer & the right fishing method

For us, the following baits have proved to be especially useful in summer or midsummer:

  • Natural bait (worms)
  • Wobblers (optionally also wobblers intended for the coast)
  • Rubber fish (4 to 8 cm with 2 to 6 g jigging head)
  • Spinner & Blinker (if then in a smaller version)
  • Gambler

We have already landed a lot of perch.

You should lead the plugs through the water as shallow and fast as possible. Here it doesn’t hurt if you pull them through the water a bit jerkily to attract the attention of the perch.

In clear water you should choose dark colors (black and brown) for artificial lures. Because then it makes sense to make the lure look as natural as possible.

In turbid water bright colours (e.g. neon) are an advantage.

It is important that you first present the lure on the bottom and then slowly reel it in. This way you can get a feeling for whether the perch are really in the right place and especially at what depth they are.

In medium water you should wait until the lure is in the right place and then slowly reel it in. The fishing line should always be under tension.

This way you can set the stop at the right moment.

Perch fishing in autumn (September, October & November)

You can also be successful on perch in autumn, i.e. in September, October and November.

In autumn, however, perch mostly retreat, which limits their biting behavior to small areas and only short biting times.

Once you have found such a spot you should definitely remember it (e.g. by using the corresponding GPS coordinates).

Because there is a high probability that they will be here more often in autumn.

Where exactly are the perch in autumn?

Especially in the months when the weather changes slowly, the perch are at different depths. These include in particular:

  • seaweeds (on steeply sloping ground)
  • edges
  • structured areas
  • roots

Because especially when temperatures fluctuate, the perch are often found in deeper regions.

During the day, they are mainly found in shallow water. In the evening you may find them in deeper water.

That the perch adapt their swimming behaviour to the temperatures is mainly because they follow the whitefish. And whitefish are usually more sensitive to temperature.

Therefore it makes sense to adapt the bait to a white fish.

Which perch bait works best in autumn?

You should use baits in autumn that are most similar to normal food fish.

The following baits have proved to be the most catchable for us in autumn:

  • Skirted-jigs
  • Spinnerbaits
  • Suspending jerkbaits
  • Lipless Baits (with rattle)
  • Schooling Baits

Perch can be influenced mainly by visual stimuli. Because they can see very well and have good eyes.

We recommend using green-yellowish jerkbaits in autumn when the water is slightly greenish.

Here is a suitable picture:

If the water is very clear, you should use natural colors. These include black and brown perch baits.

Winter perch fishing (December, January & February)

In winter, i.e. in December, January and February, the perch are usually particularly strong. Because they have just eaten their fill to survive the long period of hard winter.

Also the scales are often very pronounced and they have fewer injuries due to the winter rest.

And you can usually see that at first sight:

The catches that are made in winter are often remembered all the more.

However, it is important to find the shoals of perch. Otherwise it will be a very cold and long hide.

Where do you find the best spots in winter?

For us the following places have proven to be particularly effective in winter:

  • Bridge piers
  • Pier piers
  • Holes and deeper places
  • Intersections in harbours
  • Side arms

Here they look for shelter to avoid being discovered by other fish. But they also hibernate here relatively effortlessly as they feel most comfortable here.

It can take a long time to find the right place. But, if you could find the right place, you can often find a lot of conspecifics here:

The shoals of perch are often at a depth of 2 to 3 meters.

Which perch bait should be used in winter?

We recommend to offer the perch rubber fish with a lead head (8 to 14 cm) that is placed close to the bottom. This corresponds approximately to the size that the perch often encounter in the wild.

Make sure that the lead head has a weight of 8 to maximum 20 g. Especially if you have several lead heads with you, this will give you maximum flexibility. You can also try out different depths.

Once you have found the right spot, you can use a rubber fish with a shovel or a shad with a long fork tail.

An alternative are hardbaits which you can use in winter.

It is important that you try as many different lures in different colours as possible.

Which fishing method is right for winter?

With the lead-headed rubber fish you can fish relatively easily in 3 to 4 metres of water.

Make sure that you fish as close as possible to the bridge piers and boats. This is where they usually prefer to be.

If you want to be successful at perch fishing, you should also use the so-called Drophsot method. Together with a Drophsot mounting you can use this method to guide the lure very slowly (just right in winter) over the bottom.

You should use this method especially on sunny winter days when the water is very clear.

Perch also have feeding times that you should take into account. So you may not catch anything in the morning, but in the afternoon, in winter, you may pull out one perch after another.

Because they very often leave their hiding place at the warmest moments of the day.

And then you have to offer the bait in the right place at the right time

What else to look for in winter?

The slower you lead the bait, the better Since pike could also be a nearby species, you should always use a steel leader if possible. Alternatively a fluorocarbon leader is also suitable.

This should have a thickness of about 0.4 to 0.6 mm.

Following a detailed video. This video lasts 22 minutes and is worth it:

Seasons and minimum sizes / the right size for the perch

Below you will find the current seasons and minimum sizes of perch, perch, sea bass and sunfish in Germany. If you want to view the table on a smartphone, then consider it a better view crossways.

Rods you can use for bait fishing, worms or even spin fishing.

Note: The table can be scrolled left and right (e.g. on a smartphone).

Note: Perch fishing during the closed season is strictly forbidden (no matter whether it is perch, chub, sea bass or sunfish) and should be adhered to in any case. Otherwise there is the threat of severe penalties in Germany.

In principle, however, perch fishing is allowed during the pike season, provided you specialize in perch. However, you should then immediately put back any pike you have caught.

There may also be waters where perch fishing is not allowed during the pike season because the risk of landing a pike is too high.

It is therefore best to inquire about the waters in question before you take up residence.

Bonus: Black bass & sea bass fishing

This bonus lesson is about black bass and sea bass fishing. Both perch and the special catch characteristics are explained in more detail below.

Black bass fishing

This section is about perch fishing in rivers and lakes. Perch that live in fresh water. That’s why we start fishing directly with the black bass.

First of all we want to focus on the black bass. In Germany there are many lakes in which this perch is now at home. Originally it came to us through stocking measures from the USA and is now a very popular target fish.

It lives there mainly in eastern North America. The black bass comes from the sunfish family and can grow up to 70 cm in size. At such a length it can weigh 5 to 6 kg.

However, the living conditions must then be excellent. The normal sizes include perches of 30 to 40 cm. Black bass prefer to eat crustaceans, insects and smaller fish.

Especially if you are planning your next fishing trip to the USA or if you want to fish for him in Germany, this article is just right for you.

The right perch rod

As a rod you should rather use a small perch rod. These are much handier for fishing from a boat.

Most of the time they have a strong backbone as black bass can often be very aggressive and aggressive. You can use it to keep them away from surrounding weeds, branches and stones better and more selectively. We can recommend the perch rod Favorite White Bird WBR-682SUL-S. Here is a picture of her:

She is 1.80 m tall and therefore has an ideal length. Furthermore she has a casting weight of 5 – 25 g and a total weight of 99 g. Therefore she is very light. Also the perch rod has a transport length of only 96 cm. In addition, it has a particularly strong backbone, which easily withstands the flight-like movements.

The right reel

We like to use the AnzeigeBalzer Metallica Ace Mini 1018 for black bass fishing. It is small, light, handy and weighs just 200 g.

In combination with the Favorite White Bird perch rod you can also fish very well from the boat. If a standard stationary reel is not enough, you can try your luck with a small multi reel or Baitcaster reel.

These usually have the added advantage of an integrated electronic brake system.


We mainly use dead bait fish for perch fishing. However, they also react very well to various artificial lures. If you want to use artificial bait, we recommend soft plastic bait if you want to save some money. Additionally you can use them in almost all depths without any problems.

Many anglers also swear by plugs or plastic lures that float on the surface.

The choice of mounting for fishing black bass

We use a typical pose mounting for black bass. This is usually completely sufficient. Here we can recommend the indicator species perch pose with a weight of 7 g. If you want to save some money, then have a look at the display here.

The following is an illustration:

And this is how a pose assembly for perch fishing looks like in practice:

The right boat

Since the lakes are often very large and black bass often change their location, motorized fishing boats are particularly popular in the USA.

Most of the time they are equipped with a fish finder, additional electric motors, swivel chairs and brackets to securely attach the perch rods.

As a rule, the faster the better. Here is an example of a typical fishing boat which is often used for perch fishing in America:

You should have little trouble with this.

This is how you proceed: Ejection, drill and landing

When fishing for perch, the more precise and farther you cast, the better. Because perch often hide under small shelters where they wait for their next prey.

That’s why it is essential for successful perch fishing to hit exactly this spot precisely and accurately. You can find this special spot for example with a fish finder.

If you are interested, we have tested and presented 5 fishfinders in this article.

If the black bass bites, you should set a start immediately. This will immediately hook the perch hook deep into the mouth. Otherwise there is a risk that the hook will be released again.

However, you should also not proceed too jerkily in order not to injure the perch too much or in the worst case tear off half of the lower lip. It is also important to exert some pressure on the perch so that it doesn’t hide immediately in its den.

Of course you should definitely have a landing net with you. To do so, place the landing net under the hooked fish as soon as it looks out of the water and is near the shore.

So you can easily lift the perch onto the fishing boat.

To be as gentle as possible you should hold the fish between thumb and index finger on the lower jaw. This will make it easier for you to hook it off.

Here is another picture that illustrates the procedure in more detail:

Afterwards you should put the fish back into the water.

Sea bass fishing on the surf

Of course, besides perch fishing in fresh water, perch fishing in salt water is also very popular. Two species of perch have proved to be particularly catchy here. These are the sea bass and the striped perch.

In this article we will only deal with the sea bass because it is more common in our areas.

Especially in the North and Baltic Seas, shore fishing for sea bass has become a very popular method. These include the Portuguese, French and Dutch coasts.

You will encounter many sea bass on all coasts. The reason is relatively simple: sea bass like to stay close to the coast because they find a lot of food there and like to rob.

And of course this is also a big advantage for the angler.

The right rod to fish for sea bass

First of all we want to look at the right equipment. Because only if this is right can you increase your chances of success in a big bass catch.

A good sea bass rod usually has an overall length between 3.30 and 3.60 m. It should also have a casting weight between 55 and 100 g.

We can recommend for example the DisplaySavage Gear Salt CCS. It has a total length of 3.30 m and a casting weight of 40 to 120g.

Here you will also find a picture of her:

We have tested various surf rods that are also suitable for sea bass fishing.

The right reel

Of course the right reel is also crucial. We recommend a smaller multi reel or a standard stationary reel. With multi-reels, a line capacity of 250 m is often sufficient.

If it is also designed to carry 7 kg, you can also use it to land the larger bass. Here we recommend the displayPENN SPINFISHER SSV3500.

She has already cut a very good figure fishing for sea bass in the past. This is a high quality stationary reel with quite a lot of power, which is also suitable for other sea creatures.

The correct mounting

Especially when shore angling we recommend a sliding lead mounting. You will need the following:

  • Lead
  • Bead
  • Swivel
  • Fishing hook (No. 1 to 3/0)

The following picture illustrates the assembly:

With the help of the sliding lead assembly, the lure is offered on the bottom when perch fishing.

This assembly is very easy for beginners to understand and has already provided for really big catches.

Choosing the right fishing spot

Of course, the fishing spot is also decisive for success in perch fishing. Beginners and people who don’t have much in common with fishing usually only see waves. But the trained eye often sees much more than that there.

Because with a little practice you too will find out relatively quickly where the perch are lurking. Wolf Bass move along underwater gullies and depressions to go hunting there.

You look for Tobias fish, crabs and various species of shrimp there.

They stay mainly in the quieter areas. Basically right between the waves where the water is a bit deeper.

That’s why we strongly recommend waders, because you have to go deeper into the water to catch them.

Tips on fishing technique

A light overhead cast often brings you very close to your target. Distance casts are rarely required. Keep your perch rod as still as possible and keep your sights on your target point. This is usually the best way to achieve success.

When the bait is in the water you should keep the rod steady and hold the line between your thumb and index finger. That way you really feel every little pluck of a possible bite.

When you start to drill, you should make a quick and precise start with a tight line. The best time to do this is when the water is running towards the sea again and the fish is pulled out to sea.

Now you should slowly pull the fish towards you and if necessary take it out of the water with a landing net.

How to hold it

Once the sea bass has been pulled out of the water be careful. There is a certain risk of injury. Its dorsal fin is pointed and the edges of the gill covers are slightly sharper. It is best to hold it by its lower lip, as they only have small tooth cushions.

Depending on the legislation you should simply put him back in the water. And if it’s allowed, it will end up on the grill:

Many anglers really like it.

Fishing for sea bass on rocks, herb banks and the shallow

Of course, sea bass can’t only be caught on the surf. Sea bass are predatory fish and therefore they like to fish on shallows, rocks and herb banks.

They find a lot of food in these places.

The right equipment

As described above, we recommend the DisplaySavage Gear Salt CCS. You can also use the model described above as a roller.

However, we advise you to use a braided fishing line, especially in rocky areas. This line is much more durable than a monofilament fishing line and cannot break so quickly. Here a load capacity of 8 to 15 kg is absolutely advisable.

Especially near the shore we also recommend waders. We have tested and evaluated various angling pants here which have also proved to be very suitable for use at the sea.

Artificial bait for perch fishing on the coast

We advise you to use artificial bait. This display wobbler set has proven to be particularly suitable for this purpose.

You only need your fishing line, a swivel and a carabiner which you attach directly to the lure.

This allows you to change the lure very quickly if one of the lures does not catch. The following picture should illustrate the structure more closely:

We have had a lot of good experience with the assembly.

Choosing the right place to fish

Of course, the right place is crucial for success. Sea bass are mainly active from the cover. This is where rock formations and deeper gullies are particularly suitable. So take a look at the coastal section even at low tide.

On the following picture you can see very well what we mean. Especially in the front shallow area, many fish find refuge from the current.

Even the places where there are gullies in the water between the rocks are often visited by perch.

Even places where the water is shallow because the rocks are near the surface are visited by sea bass. In addition, the deeper channels are excellent for placing the bait accordingly.

Drill with the sea bass

Most of the time the sea bass is in a safe place in the shallow water. So put a lot of pressure on it to get out of this place.

This makes it harder for the sea bass to find a shelter again. Hold the braided fishing line on the perch rod tightly to prevent it from escaping.

Then pull it carefully and step by step to the shore. Make sure that the fishing line doesn’t come near the rocks as much as possible. Because nothing is more annoying than when the line breaks just before the end.

Take a few photos with him afterwards and let him go back into the sea.

Final words

We hope that our beginner and advanced guide to perch fishing at sea and in fresh water could help you a little bit. If so, we would be happy if you share it or recommend it to your fishing friends.

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