Angler’s How-to Series: Top and Bottom Rig
Sure-fire tips on catching yellow and white perch.
The top and bottom rig is one of the most universal rigs, used by Angler’s up and down the East Coast and throughout the Chesapeake Bay. It is a simple rig, but it can yeild great results.
The high and low rig are run off a little loop, a #4 or #6 hook will work best for the perch. You may need to go bigger if you are after larger fish, like Krogers.
- First need to tie a clinch knot on the main line that runs down from the rod to a barrel swivel.
- Next, snell it up with a little loop and take the little hole in the bar and run the hole through the loop.
- Then, take the hook through the loop and pull it tight to secure it.
- Lastly, attach the weight at the bottom. You can use varying weights from 1/2 oz. to 3 oz. according to your preference.
Bait: Bloodworms are best! You will have success, though, with minnows, grass shrimp, or crabs.
Note: Perch have a really soft bite.
Once you cast, and hit the bottom, give the rod a few quick sharp yanks. Don’t just let the fish eat up the bait. Once you feel you’ve got a bite, give the rod another, but bigger, quick yank to hook the fish.
This rig can be used either on the shore or off a boat, in up to 25 ft. of water.
Best of luck to you!