Got on the River yesterday at mid-morning to find chocolate water, a big mayfly hatch on the ramp and a NW wind blowing steady @ 20 mph announcing a cold front was controlling the barometer. Not exactly prime conditions. but fish will eat if you either trigger a strike or torment them with an in-your-face presentation. Because visibility was <1′ I figured dipping a Perchanator with a taste of crawler tight against woody cover was the best option–especially with folks on upcoming trips wanting panfish.
Caught about a dozen gills, perch and one crappie just lowering and wiggling the Perchanator tight against the limbs, frogging around rather than camping on fish cuz this was a mission of discovery. There are two major keys to success in this presentation: a 10′ pole and 12 lb. superbraid line. If you’re fishing where the fish are you’re gonna get hung up. the long pole and stout line make it easier to get back to fishin’ quicker, besides allowing access to spots way back in the sticks.