Perches are marvelous, beautifully colored predators. It turns out that it is not that easy to catch them, as they are not always as tempted by the bait or a lure offered, as we would like them to be. Only a proper observation of their behavior and experience in angling will bring us closer to a proper tactic that will let us win with them.
In current times anglers cannot complain about the lack of equipment. Most of us owns more than one rod made especially for a particular technique, fish and fishery. It is no different when it comes to the lures. Each predator angler has a multitude of lures in his toolbox including the favorite ones that give him the biggest success ratio. We tend to remember very well which lure attracted specific types of fish and name it a “killer”. There is a wide array of colors, shapes and patterns available. What drives us while shopping for a lure then? Is it an intuition or a desire to win with the fish? The answer is simple – it is both.
Perch is a bit of a water foodie. Quite frequently it can be a bit picky – instead of attacking immediately it tends to play with a potential prey in a sort of a cat and mouse game. How long it follows the lure without a strike can be observed while angling in shallow waters. Frequently it shadows the lure down to the boat or shore. Remaining without a strike in such situations we tend to wonder what went wrong, going through all the available equipment we have in the toolbox.
That’s how I managed to score as well!
Speedo lures – they made me succeed and win with the capricious perches. What are they? What makes them different to other lures? Why are they so effective?
Let’s start at the very beginning and let me share my thoughts on their look and construction with you.
Speedo is a soft lure of an average size with a ribbed body and thinner tail. Its action is quite usual yet incredibly aggressive, emitting intense vibrations underneath the water. Softness of the lure allows multiple sized hooks to be applied with no threat to its action that is mostly focused on the end of the tail. Speedo is different to other lures in terms of softness that changes with the water temperature.
I found out many times how effective that model is. In times when the perches were extremely picky it was Speedo that opened the fishery for me and helped me in the crucial moments. I cannot imagine lack of that lure in the toolbox during any contest, where I tend to show up every now and then. It is a really important factor of my angling world and a major contribution to all my successes.
While going through my fishing equipment, among all the lures that I tested, I chose the most effective ones and placed them in the box labelled killers. I will not lie saying that most of the items placed there have a Mikado logo on them. It is commonly known that each fishery has its own specifics and requires particular lures. My observation and experience showed that Speedo is a universal lure that makes even the pickiest perches, living in any waters, break. That is why it 100% deserves to have a permanent spot in the killer box.
My most effective colors are: nr 349, 350, 360, 362. Size 6.5cm.
Michał "Dziubas" Jandura
Mikado Fishing Team