Drop Shot Fishing.
By far the most successful drop shot lure I've used is the Berkley Minnow, especially in pink. The Perch pattern has also caught some decent fish, but Pink is definitely my 'go to' colour. Size 6 Drop Shot hook and if it's not too weedy, I start with the hook about 8" off the bottom.
I use 20lb Berkley Whiplash braid on my drop shot set up. Some people may say it's too heavy, but at 0.06mm diameter, it's incredibly thin and there's no loss of sensitivity. 6lb fluorocarbon for the trace, 7g drop shot lead and size 6 hooks tied on using a palomar knot.
My rod and reel of choice are the fantastic Berkley Urban Camo 5-9g 7ft drop shot rod, coupled with a Penn Conflict 1000 reel. The rod has a very sensitive tip to detect those small bites but the mid section has enough power to handle larger fish and those inevitable snags. The reel is smooth, robust and also fit for saltwater use, should you fancy some LRF. Both are a joy to use.
I use approx. 24" of 6lb fluorocarbon and tie on the hook using a Palomar knot at roughly the halfway point.
7g drop shot ball leads are about right for most scenarios. As I said above, I normally start with the depth set at approx. 8" but the beauty of the drop shot leads is that you can adjust the depth by simply sliding the weight further down.
I have used up to 3" shads and size 2 hooks if I think there maybe a chance of a bigger fish. Berkley Ripple shads are a good option.
Here's some of the Perch I've caught recently. Largest 46cm (approx. 3lb 4oz)