HOW DO I GO ‘WEEDLESS’?
PAUL’S 10-MINUTE MAKE
SNAGGING up can be a real problem when lure fishing for perch, as often the fish can be found tight to the bottom, especially when the water is cold. Fortunately, there is a simple way of avoiding this that will eliminate snagging and tackle losses.
Although weedless rigging looks like a recipe for missing bites and bumping fish, it actually makes no difference to the number of fish you land.
You will need to buy some wide-gape hooks to rig your lures weedless. These need to be bigger than normal, as the hook has to be wide enough to go right through the bait. A 1/0 is right for most perch-sized lures of 2ins-3ins.
If your lure doesn’t have a belly slot, carefully cut one using a craft knife.
Hook the bait like this, so the cranked eye is holding the bait in place and the point lies flat with the back of the lure.
When a perch bites down on the lure the hook is pushed through the bait, exposing the hookpoint.