Although many perch fishermen use a prerigged wire perch spreader, which positions two minnows horizontally, French prefers a vertical rig that has a slip sinker between two hooks. He believes this lighter, sliding rig makes it easier to detect subtle takes. "Once they turn on, the bite is fast. You don't want to miss anything. Usually you can hook one, give it a few seconds, and get another on the second hook," he says. "The key is to keep your rig on the bottom, though. Often, white bass will hold above a school of perch. If you're catching them, you've got your baits up too high."