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Drop shot­ting – how to choose the best lures for big­ger perch

SO YOU’VE bought all the equip­ment, you’ve found some­where to try out drop shot­ting, but you’re not sure which lures work best...

There are lit­er­ally thou­sands of lure pat­terns on the mar­ket, most of which will catch perch, zan­der or pike.

How­ever, choos­ing the right lure is more im­por­tant on the bank than it is in the tackle shop.

All you need is a hand­ful fea­tur­ing dif­fer­ent colours and sizes and this should see you put some fish on the bank. By test­ing out dif­fer­ent lures on the day, you’ll soon dis­cover the hot ones!


Hav­ing a se­lec­tion of dif­fer­ent coloured lures is more im­por­tant than a wide choice of sizes.

The old adage is that bright lures such as char­treuse score in murky wa­ter, while nat­u­rals work bet­ter in clear wa­ter. How­ever, it is more im­por­tant to con­trast your lure colour to the colour of the wa­ter to help make it more vis­i­ble to the fish.

For ex­am­ple, don’t use a brown lure in muddy wa­ter. If you’re un­sure, just keep try­ing dif­fer­ent colours and pat­terns un­til you start to get bites.


Many of the top lure an­glers will have this pat­tern in their drop shot tackle box. They work re­ally well with this method as they are easy to ma­nip­u­late. A light move­ment on the rod will im­part a life­like move­ment to them as the small ta­pered tail flut­ters a lot more eas­ily in the wa­ter than say a shad tail lure.

Start with one around an inch long, but try smaller if you are strug­gling for bites or there is a shoal of smaller fish in your swim will­ing to feed.

Pin­tail lures are very com­mon in the tackle shop and man­u­fac­tur­ers of­fer a wide va­ri­ety of colours, some­times in the same pack.


These lures can be as small as 1cm in length and are a great op­tion, par­tic­u­larly if you want lots of bites – their mod­est size will al­low smaller perch to take the bait rather than sim­ply fol­low it.

How­ever, don’t be fooled into think­ing mi­cros only catch small perch – an­glers reg­u­larly catch fish of 4lb-plus fish us­ing lures as small as this. It’s all about match­ing the im­i­ta­tion to the real fry which the perch are feed­ing on.


Larger ver­sions of this kind of lure have been used suc­cess­fully by pike an­glers for years, but Fox Rage has re­cently brought out a smaller pat­tern for jig­ging and drop shot­ting.

Mea­sur­ing 8cm in length, it has a buoy­ant plas­tic body, and its fur-like tail cre­ates a vi­bra­tion in the wa­ter un­like that of any other lure.

Flies could be a real game-changer on the lure scene, es­pe­cially for pike and perch on large waters.


The most com­mon lure pat­tern, shad tail lures are avail­able in a range of sizes, from half-an-inch up to a foot long. They are great for jig­ging, and tac­tics that re­quire or al­low more move­ment in the lure in order to make them life­like.

The small ver­sions can be used for drop-shot­ting, as their large, pad­dle­like tails cre­ate lots of vi­bra­tion in the wa­ter. They come in many dif­fer­ent colours and styles. Spiky ones work well for zan­der as they cre­ate a lot of the vi­bra­tion favoured by the species.

Curly tails, too, can be drop shot­ted and work well when pulled along the bot­tom very slowly. Sim­ply move the weight close to the lure to po­si­tion your bait on the deck.


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