Perch rod – The right rod for perch fishing
Let’s get one thing straight: there is no such thing as the ideal perch rod. There are too many lures and methods that require different characteristics from the ideal rod. Catching perch is not easy. The predators are extremely nimble and above all suspicious and use the entire water column for hunting. Therefore, the perfect fishing technique must first be found in order to get from there to the ideal perch rod.
Finding the right perch rod
Perches are not very big fish and capital specimens are rather the exception. A perch rod is therefore characterized by its low weight and is therefore particularly fatigue-free.
First and foremost the choice of the right rod action is decisive. Perches have quite thin skin in the corner of the mouth. In order to prevent this skin from being slit, the tail should also be positioned more in the soft area. The desired action of the rod will depend on the chosen fishing technique on the one hand and on the desired casting distance of the lure on the other.
Rods with tip action, which also taper quickly towards the top, are the preferred rods for spin fishing. Such rods have a rather stiff backbone and indicate every bite immediately. The Shimano Yasei Perch is recommended here. With a net weight of only 97 grams and a length of 195 cm, this highly responsive rod can be used for vertical fishing as well as for street fishing for perch. With a rod of this type, the blank bends all the way into the hand section under full load, but has enough backbone to land even large perch or pike. A high degree of sensitivity ensures that even the finest bites are detected.
Choosing the correct length
As the rod length has a direct influence on handling and casting distance, a few points should be considered when choosing a perch rod. If the choice should be between a 2.70 m, 2.40 m or 2.10 m rod, the chosen water is certainly the deciding factor. If there are many trees and bushes, casting with the shorter rod is much easier. Often longer rods are also more top-heavy and less suitable for methods such as twitching hardbaits. Shorter rods can also score points when fishing from a boat. Only when you need to cast really far, a longer rod is a good choice.
The perfect casting weight
Perch can be very strong. However, in our latitudes large specimens are rather rare, which is why you do not need a too strong rod. A cast weight of five to 15 grams will satisfy most requirements.
However, if you are aiming for a deep water with a lot of currents, the casting weight can be chosen a little stronger. More than 40 grams will rarely be needed.
The suitable reel
Perch reels are usually chosen to match the rod in size 2500. It is important that enough line can be wound on such a reel and that the weight matches the rod. A good balance in the reel seat is crucial. A finely adjustable brake, a clean gear and clean line laying are also mandatory. A good average for the ideal gear ratio is 5.0:1.
The Shimano Stradic can be recommended as an excellent reel for perch fishing.
Which rod is suitable for which fishing technique
At the beginning of perch fishing, when only small spinners, plugs and spoons were available, the triumph of the lures has given us a variety of fishing methods, which accordingly place different demands on the ideal rod. The rod should in any case lead to the ideal lure placement, bait guidance and bite detection.
When jigging on perch, a rod with a solid tip is recommended. This means that the tip of the rod is not hollow, as is the case with conventional spinning rods, but is made of full carbon. It therefore functions as an extremely reliable bite indicator and enables extremely fine fishing. Every bite, however delicate, is transferred via the blank into the rod hand. Even with minimal bait weights, such perch rods are charged. When jigging, the lure should be guided in jumps over the bottom of the water. A rod that is not too pliable and transfers the movements directly to the lure is ideal for this. As soon as the lure hits the bottom of the water, this must be immediately noticeable in the rod. Due to a reliable feedback of the rod, even the finest bites can be easily felt. The right perch rod for jigging therefore scores with a taut tip, a good haptic feedback and a certain amount of drilling pleasure.
Especially with changes in weather or air pressure it is often an advantage to avoid too much jumping of the lure to not irritate predators. In this case it is advisable to switch from jigging to lazing around. The characteristics of the matching perch rod for this are similar. Rods that are too hard prevent optimal bite recognition and good bait contact when lazing around. The rod should therefore be relatively taut and have a good feedback, but it must not be hard during the fight with the fish in order to avoid the slitting of the perch mouth. These two characteristics are best combined in lightweight rods made of carbon fibre. Rods with a Solid Tip tip are also the best here. As such a tip gives way, the lure can be inhaled by the perch without resistance. As soon as the rod is lifted, the impulse from the tip is transferred into a uniform load. So even when fishing with the finest tackle, there is no need to fear a broken line.
As vertical fishing usually uses slightly heavier heads to reach the depths, the corresponding perch rod must have a slightly higher casting weight. A good average weight here is ten to 30 grams.
The length of the rod is chosen slightly shorter for vertical fishing. No extreme casting distance is required here – a 2.10 m perch rod is quite sufficient.
For spinning with small plugs, mini-cranks or small poppers a short ultralight perch rod with a casting weight of two to seven grams is the ideal tackle. Thanks to the short lever the lures can be worked cleanly. The blank of the rod should be chosen quickly and have a parabolic action.
In conclusion, there is no such thing as the ideal perch rod. The requirements of the different fishing methods for rod action are too different. Factors such as casting distance or required bait weights also play a role in the decision making process. So if you want to use different methods, you will have to buy several rods, for better or worse. However, if you are aiming for a good all-round perch rod, you should make sure that most of the required characteristics are covered as well as possible. In this case a shorter rod with a medium casting weight is best.