Originally Posted by big saw
On a serious note. I noticed in your earlier posts that you were having difficulty getting a limit. As I've mentioned in the past I use artificials and have since the 90's when you could fish all night at the refresment stand and pound 'em all night. Nothing new. Being able to adapt to both live bait and artificials has brought me tremendous success when perch fishing,
Thank you. I can admit poor results along with the splendid. That problem has only been the 4 times I've tried this season, been blasted by NE winds every time. When no one else, bait or arties is doing any better, I know it's not me. I'm normally a done quick and early guy with time for breakfast and a morning nap. Last year it was limits in 45-60 minutes almost every time out.
My foundation for perch fishing is like most, live bait especially minnows. Bobbers, bottom rigs, jigs, split shot and minnow. You name it. I don't need help with any live bait presentation. As you said, they are easy to catch.
About 4 years ago, I discovered that I, personally, could do better without the bait and normally can smoke the bait fishers that are within eyesight. Bad days are not improved with bait as I never see the bait guys doing better (w/one exception below). If the fish aren't hitting, they either are not there or are not feeding period. On the slow days, I see more fish coaxed to hit artificials than bait.
The exception is the when the perch turn their attention almost exclusively on softshells. It gets tough (not impossible) to use anything else and I'm known to purchase a pack of the mush and use it on spinners with excellent results about once every two years.
All through the cold months is when I get my live bait practice. If you watch my 3 kayak videos from this winter and spring, minnows were harmed exclusively.