Just got home from fishing after the first week of the Orillia Perch Festival, and it was the most beautiful day yet, that had me out there fishing in a T-shirt. The fishing started off slow, but has picked up at the end of the week with fish upwards of 12 inches being caught.
After multiple people throughout the week asking me and my Father how we're doing it when everyone else is struggling to simply catch the fish they need to enter the contest, we always told them the same thing, "You need to use a dropshot rig!" Sure there's other rigs that work well like a simple float, or a pickerel rig, but what over head and shoulders out performs the rest is the dropshot.
The rig is simple, tie a dropshot hook (I use a red coloured hook, not sure if it makes a difference or not) so the the hook is facing downwards, then a foot or so underneath the hook you tie a bell sinker of your choice of size (I find quarter ounce works best). To hook the bait use a small too medium sized minnow and push the hook through the top of the head, and out of the bottom. This rig will work in the hardest of times, even when no one else is catching fish.