How to catch big river perch on crankbaits

Lure fishing ace Sam Edmonds reveals his go-to approach

How to catch big river perch on crankbaits

by Angling Times |

There are a myriad of different lure fishing techniques that can all be very effective in the right place at the right time.

But if I had to choose my favourite type of lure to fish year-round on rivers for perch, I’d be hard-pushed not to go with a crankbait.

Traditionally known as a ‘plug’, crankbaits are one of the oldest types of lures, and there is even a chapter in Bernard Venables’ classic book Mr Crabtree Goes Fishing about how to fish them!

Here's my top five tips for using them...

Nothing beats a big lure-caught winter perch
Nothing beats a big lure-caught winter perch

GO GEARED UP

I always use a wire trace of around 15lb when targeting perch, as pike love crankbaits too. With both species in mind, make sure you always carry long-nosed pliers, a big net, and an unhooking mat.

GO GEARED UP
GO GEARED UP

CHECK THE BILL

Diving depth of a crankbait depends on the angle, shape, and length of the bill – the longer it is, the deeper it will dive. You want the crankbait to be fishing close to the bottom or lightly tapping it.

CHECK THE BILL
CHECK THE BILL

TRY A RATTLER

Some crankbaits have built-in rattles. I particularly like these for fishing in coloured water, or when I feel that the fish need waking up, so experiment with both rattling and non-rattling crankbaits.

TRY A RATTLER
TRY A RATTLER

SHARPEN YOUR HOOKS

Fishing crankbaits close to the bottom means hooks can easily become blunted. They can also be dulled after catching a fish, so keep a check on them, and give them a quick sharpen when needed.

SHARPEN YOUR HOOKS
SHARPEN YOUR HOOKS

COLOUR IS IMPORTANT

When choosing crankbaits, in general I prefer dull colours in clear water and bright or bold ones in muddy water, or in very low light.

COLOUR IS IMPORTANT
COLOUR IS IMPORTANT
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