Advantages of lures with a chain

A few years ago, our anglers used exclusively winter lures with welded hooks. Spoons, in which the hook is attached by a chain, have appeared relatively recently. In the old days, such a spinner was often called “Swedish”, although in fact, spinners with a chain came to us from Finland, where there are many manufacturers of them. A lure with a chain at first glance resembles an ordinary winter sheer lure to which a small jig or even an ordinary hook or tee is suspended with the help of a chain. In the latter case, during the fishing process, the hooks are equipped with a color bait or bait of animal origin. However, the fish perceives this combination in a completely different way.

A spinner with a chain can be imagined as fishing with two tackles at once: a spinner and a jig. This combination works best for perch. Not every striped one will dare to attack a large victim, in this case – a balancer or a spoon. After all, the perch can be passive in winter, or simply full, or, perhaps, it has not yet grown to a large bait. So the perch is grabbed by the jig suspended on a chain, and the vertical spoon in this case acts only as a weighting agent. And the smaller striped predator will see its competitor in the spoon, from whom he will certainly want to snatch food from under his very nose. A more active and larger predator will appear: pike, pike perch, the same perch, – will be tempted by a larger bait. The pike may remain hungry, but, of course, it will not go down to the level of the jig, but it will take it on the spoon. Although often a perch, attacking only a jig on a chain, opens its mouth so wide that the spoon is in most cases in its mouth.

However, the most important advantages of the combination of a spoon and a chain are the acoustic and visual effects that this tackle creates. Try to find the “sailor” on the pond using a jig. After all, the jig is small, the vibrations are weak, you can hardly see it. With only one jig, you have to look for fish yourself, making many holes. This is where a spinner with a chain comes in handy – such a big thing, noisy and noticeable. A perch is a curious fish, or rather, with certain reflexes. He hears from afar, he floats to the noise – see what is flashing here. And he will choose what is better to grab – a spoon or a jig.

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Another advantage of the new concept is the exceptional flexibility and flexibility of the hook connected to the bait chain. It is known that a fish, attacking a prey, sucks it in with a stream of water. It is enough for a perch to take only a light breath, and a small hook instantly appears in its throat. Having choked, the fish may try to spit out the snag, but … alas, the hook has time to stick, even to the bony one, in the mouth of the predator. It can be added that the chain can be replaced with a piece of, albeit less practical, thin fishing line. However, in the opinion of many anglers, this also loses one more important factor in stimulating the fish’s appetite – the characteristic rustling when playing the chain.

The “chain” fishing technique may differ slightly from the trolling technique with welded hooks. This is due, first of all, to the fact that the “chains” are more prone to overwhelming the hook for the line. Therefore, the game should often be somewhat softer and with less amplitude. The pause between swings, on the contrary, can be significantly longer. The jig is slightly out of phase with the spoon and is in motion for some time, fingering the links of the chain. During a pause, it is often useful to play with a spoon bait with a jig (as when fishing with an ordinary fishing rod with a jig) and provoke the fish to bite. There were cases when, for example, a perch or roach took better a jig lying on the bottom, while the spoon was suspended in the immediate vicinity of it. At the same time, the bite felt like a partial unloading of the weight of the spoon – like a classic bream bite.

With a shaky bite, the silvery glare of the hanging spinner and small shakes can be helpful. The leash or chain can be put longer and thinner, you can change the colors of the jig, and also reduce the jig and the hook and try to add different baits: bloodworms, fish eye, pieces of fish or artificial colored hairs. The question of the types, sizes and colors of lures is so controversial, it is important that the weight and size of the bait are commensurate with the depth of the reservoir and, to a lesser extent, with the size of the fish, unless, of course, the conversation is not about fishing for large pike perch or pike. When fishing for the latter, no matter how strange it may seem due to the completely unimpressive size of the jig hook, a spinner with a chain actually has an important advantage. The fact is that when a pike bites, the body of the spinner easily slides out of its mouth (like the chain, by the way), and the hook tends to catch on the gills, palate or lip edge. At the same time, the chain of the second spoon makes up a rather reliable tandem – a leash – and does not allow the toothy to reach the defenseless fishing line.

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Practice shows that a hook of size N914-No.8 (international classification) is enough to catch both large perch and even pike perch with its hard fanged snout. There is also an opinion that in the version with a chain there are fewer descents, since the hook is often deep in the mouth of the fish. But this, on the other hand, is already a disadvantage. Try to free the caught fish from such a hook! What if the bite, which often happens, is quite short? If you spend a long time with one perch, you won’t catch the other two. In this case, it is useful to have a pair or three of the same favorite spinners. It’s easier to detach the lure from the clasp and put another one than to waste precious time. The fish is on ice and will not go anywhere. You can do the extraction of hooks during the calm period of the bite, and even at home in a comfortable environment.

By and large, the definition of “spinner with a chain” is indistinct and does not describe the game of the spinner itself. In principle, under each sheer lure you can hang a chain on a fly lock, and new lures often have such lures, but at the same time, each such bait will have, to some extent, its earlier playing technique. The game of many lures with a suspension is a series of small side-to-side glide glides, during which the lure moves slightly to the side and comes back. The spinning of the spinner around its axis when returning to its original position is not considered its positive quality. It is better if the lure returns to its original position without rotating.

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Some of the lures with a suspension have the ability to glide to the side, deviating from the vertical axis. If this game can be controlled, they talk about gliding spoons. Large perch is often caught on a model with a pronounced planning game. Some spinners have a prowling game. The lure first goes with the lower end forward, but from time to time for a moment it rapidly plunges with the upper end forward. By a vertically falling vertical spoon, we mean a metal shuttle that does not have any independent game at all. There are few such models. The main trump card of a steeply falling lure is the sinking speed, which is most valuable for deep fishing. Since the spinner does not have a game as such, the model is ineffective with a weak bite.

Spoons do not fit well under the chain, which in their usual design fall into the water in a horizontal position and lower, swinging their sides. Such a spoon, loaded with additional weight in the form of a chain and a jig, will no longer occupy a horizontal position, and its play will turn out to be unpredictable. It is impossible to recommend any of the best spinners. Instead, anyone can find a lure model to suit their style. Fishing with one lure may be more enjoyable than another. And the fish itself will quickly show what kind of bait it prefers in a particular reservoir. Many companies produce initially assembled chain lures, such a lure is adjusted by the manufacturer to the game he intended for standard conditions. Even a slight change in the rig can have a significant effect on the performance of the bait.

Many are probably worried about the question – how much weight can the chains on the lures withstand? Actually, chains come in different thicknesses. The average line corresponds to a line of 0.2 mm in carrying capacity; if the fish you catch can really be pulled onto such a line, then you can also chain it. Thick line approximately corresponds to 0.23-0.25 mm. It should also be borne in mind that sometimes the chain twists and still breaks due to deformation of the links at the bend. Periodically check the condition of the chain before lowering the lure into the hole.