What kind of silicone is used for perch and how to choose working models

Perch fishing is exciting fishing for an active predator that feeds on the fry of other fish species. The striped robber does not disdain crustaceans, insect larvae and frogs. This gives fishermen the opportunity to use various bait options, the main criterion of which is their active play. Perch rarely bites on passive baits and only bass (large perch) can attack them. It is about the varieties of baits that we will talk about. We have to find out which silicone is the most catchy for perch and consider the rating of “sailor” baits.

Varieties of silicone baits for perch

Silicone baits for perch can be divided into two types:

  1. Active;
  2. Passive.

Let's take a look at the best silicone lures for perch fishing.


This type of bait imitates fry. If you perform the wiring correctly, then in the water it becomes like a wounded fish. This attracts the perch, forcing it to attack the prey. The artificial bait in question can be considered one of the catchiest baits when “hunting” for a striped predator.

Types of silicone for perch


The peculiarity of the edible twister is its hook-like tail. The ribbed shape of the body copies the caterpillar. Despite the unnatural shape of the silicone bait, it provokes a predator to attack and is no less catchy than a vibrotail. The twister can be equipped with an offset hook when “shooting” snags in the reservoir.


Bait that imitates a worm is often used when the fish is passive, attracting a predator. It does not have its own game, it only animates with slow wiring and shows good results.


The crustacean works well for perch. This is a kind of delicacy for striped robbers. The bait can be mounted:

  • on a jig head;
  • hinge;
  • and without/knot connection.

Crustaceans are passive baits that can simply be dragged along the bottom or used aggressive twitching with a small step. Edible baits that resemble crustaceans attract mainly medium-sized (qualified) minke whales and trophy specimens. It’s very rare for small things to get hooked. Professionals and experienced fishermen advise taking bait measuring 2–3 cm, no more. Having information that there are trophy specimens in a given reservoir, you can use a crustacean 4 or 5 cm in size. In a word, experiment.

Deps Clap Craw

4th place in the ranking of the best silicone crustaceans for the Japanese Deps Clap Craw. The form of this cancer is very unusual. Its elongated body is segmented and has two claws. Several small processes extend from the head part.

This design provides a high degree of efficiency in various fishing conditions. The claws of the crustacean when falling resemble the game of a vibrating tail. In this regard, it can hardly be called passive. Any external influence makes cancer incredibly responsive.

The color scheme is very interesting. The 4” body is conveniently equipped with an offset hook or a double hook with an extended shank. The material is very soft. High density salted materials are used to produce a consistency more similar to that of real shrimp. Thanks to this, the predator does not have any suspicions when approaching the bait and attacking it.

The dragging of the crustacean along the bottom with jerks looks very believable. All large predators readily peck at it, and attacks, as a rule, are very aggressive.

What determines the catchability of silicone?

Today, we can confidently say that the catchability of silicone baits for perch depends on such factors as:

  • color;
  • size;
  • form;
  • smell.

In specialized fishing stores, you can purchase silicone for perch in different colors and aroma. Let's look at each option presented above and determine the specific factor that influences the final result of fishing for a striped predator.


Catching perch with silicone allows you to experiment with the colors of artificial bait. For example, in spring, bright colors are most often effective:

  • salad green;
  • carrot;
  • pink;
  • yellow.

In summer, dark, muted colors work well:

  1. "Machine oil". Brown color with a green tint;
  2. Dark purple version;
  3. Or traditional, black color;
  4. Lures with glitter.

At the first autumn cold snap, you can go:

  1. For edible translucent artificial baits made of silicone.
  2. Often, anglers use white baits, to which the predator actively reacts.
  3. In the fall, you can safely take white baits in combination with red inserts for fishing.

Important! Again, this is not an instruction for use, but just an option. It is necessary to constantly experiment, use different shapes and colors of bait. Only in this case, fishing will end with a positive result - catching a perch.


This is another effective weapon that provokes the striped robber to attack the bait. You can buy nozzles already impregnated with a certain smell, or purchase aerosol sprays. At home, it is not difficult to give silicone a smell. It is necessary to process the bait:

  • meat;
  • fish;
  • shrimp oil;
  • liver extract.

Important! Scented baits increase the catchability of both active and passive predators.

Edible and inedible silicone

The pioneers in the use of edible twisters were sports fishermen. The fish may not completely swallow the edible bait, but only try it. The fisherman's patience and reaction are important here.

Inedible silicone requires immediate cutting. The perch can simply spit out the silicone: you can’t hesitate. Therefore, most pros and amateurs are actively switching to edible silicone baits, which open up a wide field for experimentation.

Lucky John Tioga is considered a favorite among edible baits . The stores have a large selection of edible materials of different shapes and sizes. This bait is recommended for beginning amateur fishermen. In addition, these slugs do not harm the reservoir and are safe for fish. The catchability of vibrotails is determined by their shape. Once in the water, the artificial bait creates frequency vibrations, provoking the predator to attack. Even a passive perch cannot resist this edible dessert. In addition, if the first attack is unsuccessful, the predator can make a second attack.

How to increase the effectiveness of silicone baits

The effectiveness of fishing depends on the quality of the silicone. Experts recommend using flavoring agents and adding brightness and color to increase the catch. Let's look at the effectiveness of applying stripes and specks, as well as the use of glitter.

Stripes and specks

If translucent light baits are used, then in the tail part of the silicone and back, it is recommended to apply chaotic lines and specks. This is done with a regular felt-tip pen.


Shiny baits attract predators, causing them to react to the shine. If there is no option on sale that suits you, you can do the coloring yourself. Nail polish with glitter is suitable for these purposes. The rubber can be covered in one tone or its individual parts can be highlighted with a bright color.

Often fishermen throw away spoiled bait: the perch bites off the tip of the rubber when attacking. You can build a non-standard object from two halves. The algorithm of actions is as follows:

  • the edges of two parts of silicone are heated over a candle;
  • pressed tightly against each other.

One of the non-standard solutions, as practice has shown, is a hybrid of bait and wobbler. This combination will provide a bite on any body of water.

Rating of silicone baits for perch

The rating of catchable baits includes:

  • twisters;
  • vibrotails;
  • slugs.

The most famous and promoted brands:

  • Lucky John;
  • Ukrainian Fanatik;
  • Relax.

Today we will focus on silicone vibrating tails:

  1. Boxer 3.5 from Fanatik . Lures made from edible silicone. You can choose different colors.
  2. Ponton 21 Awaruna . Jig baits with high quality action. Vibrations are transmitted to the entire surface.
  3. Bugsy shad Lucky John . The rubber works when the minke whale refuses to feed and behaves passively.
  4. Swing impact . This is an oblong ribbed rubber. The tail plays actively during any retrieve.
  5. Tioga Lucky John . An interesting bait option, which, thanks to its elongated tail, provokes striped bass to attack even in remote places.

Secrets of perch hunting

  • The best time to catch “striped” fish with a twister is dawn. It is at this time that there is a good opportunity to catch a trophy predator. In the evening, active biting is also possible.
  • Catching perch at night is almost impossible.
  • Perch prefers a schooling lifestyle. Therefore, you should not stop wiring if one predator chased the bait, tried edible silicone and did not attack it. Often, a hungrier bass can react almost immediately.
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Equipment for fishing with silicone

There are approximately 10 most common equipment options, “tailored” to different quiet hunting conditions and wiring techniques. The following fastening methods are considered to be working and most effective:

  • jig head;
  • hinged design;
  • diverter leash;
  • drop shot;
  • tyrrett;
  • Texas rig option;
  • Carolina rig;
  • split shot.

It would be unfair to just name the types of equipment. Therefore, we will look in more detail at each of the presented types of equipment for catching a predator.

Jig head

This type of fastening is considered a fishing classic. She is favored by experienced fishermen and “first-graders”. The head weight is aggregated with a fixed hook. In stores you can buy jig heads weighing from 1 to 10 grams with hooks of various sizes. The jig head can be of different shapes, such as:

  • ellipse;
  • hoof;
  • ball.

There are other options.

Hinged design

This option involves using:

  • head weight;
  • offset hook.

It is possible to use a double or tee. The difference is that the weight has two eyes: one for an offset hook, the second for a leash with the main fishing line or cord. In this design, edible twisters are constantly in motion with active oscillation. The effectiveness of twisters and vibrating tails on a hinged structure has been confirmed by practice. This type of equipment is suitable for attaching passive worms.

Retractable leash

This option uses:

  • main line;
  • weight;
  • additional leash with bait.

If it is necessary to feed light bait over a long distance, a retractable leash is recommended. Feature: the weight controls and does not allow the silicone to move out of the biting zone. This is important if perch fishing takes place in the current.

Drop shot

The design of this equipment is similar to the previously considered option: a diverter leash. As you can see, in the picture the baited hook is attached to the main fishing line or cord. The weight is located at the bottom of the structure.


Tirette works effectively in snarled areas, at the bottom of a reservoir. Sinker, shaped like a plow.

Texas rig option

A modernized version of equipment for catching predators in snags. The bait is attached to an offset hook. A weight is put on the main fishing line or cord, which can be made in the form of a bullet with two through holes at the edges. Behind it is a bead that protects the hook knot. Feature: the load moves freely along the fishing line.

Carolina rig

This is not a separate species, as many people mistakenly believe, but a variety of the Texas variant. In this case, as shown in the figure, the hook with a silicone nozzle is located on a separate leash.

Split shot

Equipment is necessary when fishing for stripers at shallow depths. The silicone is on the main line. And at a distance of 300–400 mm, as shown in the figure, a float pellet is located on top.

Edible food for perch fishing

Date: November 6, 2015 | 227

Another review from the series about catching perch with microjigs and edible silicone baits. Now it’s time to consider fishing for perch with a spinning rod from the standpoint of soft baits. And here I will analyze the main types of edibles that are used to successfully catch perch. I will try to form a certain image, a set of characteristics of silicone baits that are optimal when fishing for striped fish.

There are a great variety of soft baits made from edible silicone. I describe a lot of them in reviews on this blog, but so far I’ve only touched on the tip of the iceberg. It would be very bold to say that our river perch can be caught using absolutely any food item. Although, perhaps this is so... This predator can be greedy and picky about its prey. Even the largest ones, up to 6” or more, with the strangest shape, designed for saltwater fish living off the coast of Japan - you can catch a large humpback salmon!

However, this does not mean that such baits will be optimal. And we are interested in precisely those types of edibles that are most likely to catch perch.

In principle, I consider all the characteristics of silicone that affect its catchability and suitability for catching, in particular, perch, when reviewing specific types of edible fish. This:

— Shape, type of bait (twister, slug, crayfish, etc.);

— Type (active-passive);

- Size of the bait;

- Color;

— Properties of silicone, softness, edibility – presence of attractant, salts and their properties.

Perch can be caught on absolutely all forms of edible silicone . In some conditions one type will be more relevant, in others another. There will be a number of thoughts about the preferences of perch among edible forms, but a little lower.

Are active or passive tires better for perch ? Here, too, the situation is ambiguous. But, conditionally, an active perch bites better and more efficiently on active forms of edibles (vibrotails, twisters). Passive or not very active perch, as I see it, can often be caught using passive food (silicone worms, slugs, crayfish, etc.).

The size of the food for perch can be defined more clearly. For small perch, lures measuring 1.5”-2” or even smaller work well. Average perch can be caught well on 2.5”-3.5” lures. And large perch can be caught more confidently with rubber measuring 3-4”. I would not classify baits larger than 4" as special perch baits. Where it is rare to find large perch, edibles up to 3" will be optimal.

The color of silicone lures when fishing for perch is a very controversial topic. In different bodies of water, at different times of the year, these can be completely different colors. So in the spring, in relatively dark water, I prefer to use brightly colored edibles for perch: salad green, yellow, carrot, pink. In the summer, I prefer to catch perch with dark colors: brown with a greenish tint (machine oil) or dark purple and black. Lures with an abundance of glitter in the silicone structure often work well for perch. Also, edibles made of translucent silicone are very successful in catching perch. These colors are especially good in the fall, in cold, clear water. Sometimes pure white baits or combinations of white and red catch well.

But, these are just my observations on the color preferences of perch. Surely, in reservoirs of other regions the situation may be completely different... So, I will be glad to hear your observations on this topic in the comments.

According to the properties of silicone , of course, the softer the silicone, the livelier, more elastic the bait, the more saturated the material is with attractant - the better the silicone bait can be considered. When the perch is active, you don’t have to pay much attention to the softness factor of the silicone and its edibility. But, for passive perch, especially in summer, in warm water, and in late autumn, when the perch also becomes lethargic, the factor of edibility and mechanical properties of silicone becomes more important.

So, we quickly went through perch preferences regarding edible parameters. Now let's look at the main types, forms of silicone baits and, so to speak, the attitude of the perch towards them. I will not mention specific companies and models. There are too many catchable edible species on the market today, and many are excellent for bass. So, I’ll just give general outlines, and let everyone choose soft baits for perch based on the thoughts given here, from their experience and the available range of edibles.

Twisters and perch fishing . It’s not for nothing that I started with twisters. I wouldn't say that this is my favorite form of soft bait. But, putting aside any prejudices, personal sympathies, objectively, the twister is the No. 1 bait for perch, among silicone, and, perhaps, in general. The most versatile, the most effective in different periods of the year, in different bodies of water, depending on the varying degrees of perch activity.

Catching perch with twisters can be done with a classic jig, microjig, when the bait is attached to a jig head or a swivel mount with a single or offset hook. Also, twisters are widely used in rigs such as lead, drop-shot, split-shot, Texas rig, etc.

Twister, as an active bait, is good because it can be carried out evenly in different layers of water and with various active plays, more typical for working with passive baits. When wiring, the tail of the twister emits high-frequency vibrations. It is the perch that has been noticed to be partial to such high-frequency vibrations emanating from the bait.

So, if I were asked to name one, the best type of silicone, which is most likely to catch a perch, I would be torn, but I would name a twister.

A variety of twister subspecies work well for perch. And with a narrow body, and with a thicker one; both with the usual twister body length and with an elongated narrow body; both with one tail and with two.

Vibrating tails and perch fishing . Another type of active silicone baits. Edible vibrotails for perch are usually narrow-bodied and not very long (up to 2.5”-3”, rarely more).

I really love catching active perch with these vibrating tails. Vibrating tails are used mainly in classic jig rigs on jig heads or a hinge. You can carry it along the bottom, in the depths, and near the surface (depending on where the school of perch is playing pranks). In addition to simple uniform wiring, when catching perch with vibrating tails, it is important to use pauses, wave-like wiring and light twitching. Often, perch loves active wiring. So, sharp short jerks, interspersed with even retrieves and pauses - this is a normal set when catching perch with vibrating tails.

Slugs and Bass Fishing . Slugs can be considered a more pike perch bait. However, edibles of this class can also be used perfectly for catching perch. For perch, we use small, narrow-bodied slugs made of soft, flexible silicone. Slug bass are most often caught using a drop shot, drop leader, or Carolina rig. Classic jig rigs are used less often. Still, the slug, as a passive bait, performs better in drop-shot, pull-out and other spaced rigs.

You can also make the following remark: if you are going to purposefully hunt for large perch, then it is worth giving a special place in the active set of baits to slugs measuring 3”-4”. Large perch often stay on rather steep slopes of river edges. Tackle mounted according to a drop-shot or retractable leash and with a slug as bait is one of the surest ways to catch a humpback salmon.

The movement of slugs when fishing for perch can be either quite sharp and chaotic, or smooth and wavy. No one here will give you a panacea. You need to experiment with wiring, supplying bait on a specific day, in a specific place.

Silicone worms and bass fishing . Silicone imitations of worms, large bloodworms, insect larvae, and small leeches are some of the most lethal baits for perch. An edible of this shape works great for striped predators of various sizes.

Silicone worms are a passive bait that must be set in motion with a spinning rod and played. Swivel joints of hook and sinker, various rigs where the bait is on a separate leash, as well as the “wacky” style, when the worm is hooked in the middle area, are well suited for installation.

It’s good when a silicone worm floats freely in the water column or near the bottom on a retractable leash. Or they use installations with minimal weight with it, so that the equipment moves easily and smoothly falls to the bottom during pauses. This behavior of silicone bait in the form of a worm is very well perceived by perch.

The size of the silicone worm for perch should be selected based on the size of the fish in the pond. If they want to catch everything, they shouldn’t be too big with the size of a worm. This is usually 2”-2.5”. If they want to cut off small things, then they use a worm of at least 4”-5”.

Crayfish and perch fishing . Silicone crayfish are also a fairly strong category of edibles in terms of catchability for perch. Imitations of crayfish are doomed to success for the banal reason of similarity with a living prototype - small crayfish... And even if this similarity is very distant, it doesn’t matter. Perch are a real thunderstorm for young crayfish! And, as one of the favorite food items, a silicone crustacean is also quite suitable.

Perch is excellently caught on crayfish mounted on a jig head, on a hinge, and in spaced rigs. Mostly, crayfish are a passive class of rubber and they need to be animated by the fisherman. The perch likes it when the crayfish is minimally enclosed, when it floats smoothly and slowly falls to the bottom during a pause in the game. Sometimes, perch responds well to the crayfish slowly dragging along the bottom of the reservoir. At other moments, on the contrary, there are cuts, hysterical jumps along the bottom, caused by aggressive twitching with small steps, simply vibration of the tip of the spinning rod, in parallel with tosses and slow reeling.

You can catch medium and very large perches using silicone crayfish. Small ones are also found, but less often. You shouldn’t take the crayfish too big for perch either. In the pressurized reservoirs of the European part, silicone crayfish with a size of 2”-3”, no more, are optimal. If there is a chance to cut down a humpback, then you can set it at 4”, or even 5”.

Creatures and bass fishing . Of course, such a diverse class of soft baits as cuttlefish and hybrids also perform well against perch.

It is clear that these baits do not have clear prototypes in our reservoirs, but this does not greatly bother the indiscriminate perch. For an angler, a fairly voluminous bait with various branches is a good chance to provoke a fairly large perch. You should not try to catch perch with creatures that are too large. Optimal is 2”-3”. Larger, only for hunting especially large perches.

How to conduct cuttlefish when fishing for perch? It’s difficult to say for sure, because there are a lot of types and variations of baits that fall into this vague, residual class. Experiment. Since most cuttlefish are passive rubber, they must be animated with the tip of the spinning rod. Dragging along the bottom, tossing, aggressive vibration, long pauses. Here is an approximate set that makes up the picture of the bait’s path in front of the amazed perches’ eyes. And how to combine it, what to focus on - this is where the creativity and art of a spinning jig player is manifested.

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