Early in autumn it’s a case of searching for fish. The best way to cover a lot of water is to pick a shad pattern with a paddle tail. One that I’ve caught loads of perch on is the Quantum Q Paddler in the smallest 8cm size.
There are lots of colours to have a go with, but I find something that looks like a fish to be most productive, because smaller bait fish like roach are still scattered about and there are a lot of them for perch to eat!
I fish a Paddler with a dark back and silvery sides on a Korum Squirm Head jig head – a 3g head on canals, 5g or 7g for rivers. Heavy jig heads aren’t needed as perch will normally be in slack areas on running water where the flow is much slower.