Relief fishing is usually called fishing for various underwater irregularities: navels, braids, rollers, etc. Predator is extremely rare on flat sections of the bottom. By their nature, both zander and pike are more ambushes, and various bottom irregularities are quite suitable for this role. You can catch in such places with a variety of baits – a jig, on turntables and beams, even sheer spinners, but often the wobblers give the best results.
Cranks and Shades
Of course, far from all types of wobblers are suitable for fishing at a depth of several meters. The surface mine cannot be driven even by 3-4 meters. Therefore, krenki and shades with a depth of 1.5 meters are most often used. These lures appeared on our market more than 20 years ago and were originally used for the most part for trolling and track. However, spinningists quickly appreciated their effectiveness and began to use it for catching as well.
Both krenki and shades can have a very different working depth. There are models with a slight deepening, there are even going almost on the surface, but some, with a large blade, are deepened to 10 meters or more. There are many different models, but not all are suitable for catching. For example, catching a throw-in with a wobbler with a depth of 7-8 or more meters is simply unrealistic. The reason is that it is impossible to throw a lure into a long distance – these baits generally fly poorly, up to a maximum of 35-40 meters. But in order to drive such a wobbler to the working depth, even with the fastest winding, a minimum of 20 meters will be required. But after it reaches the desired depth, the path upwards already begins, so that as a result, the working area will have zero extent.
When casting models with a depth of 6-7 meters, the situation is slightly better, but the working area will still be only a few meters. Such models can be caught by fusing them downstream over a long distance, but this is a separate issue. For catching on casting at distances of 30-40 meters, wobblers with a depth of up to 5 meters are used. In this case, the work area will be already quite long. However, the most popular option is bait with a depth of 3-3.5 meters. They quickly go to the desired horizon, their working area is maximum, so they are well suited for fishing on terrain. One of the first on our market appeared such wobblers produced by Rapala, Daiwa and Americans – shads and krenki from Bomber, Cotton Cordell and Rebel. Now the choice of such lures is very large and we are no longer talking about specific models, but about dozens of companies that have entire lines of such wobblers.
There are several wiring options. Firstly, uniform with low speed. Wobbler – the bait is persistent and strains the rod well, so that all the nuances of his game are transmitted to the fisherman. You feel the touch of the bait on the scythe – which means that everything is correct, the bait is going exactly as it should. The second main wiring – with pauses of 2-3 seconds. The behavior of the wobbler on pauses depends on the type of model. Among krenks and shads there are both floating models, and suspenders and sinking. It should be borne in mind that if you drive the wobbler with stops, it is better to use a suspender so that it hangs on a pause in the same horizon. However, in some places it is preferable to floating, but with a slight positive buoyancy. It is convenient to catch them, say, in those cases when the bottom rises smoothly at the place of fishing, especially when fishing from the shore. Then the floating model literally “licks” the bottom.
In some cases, a predator responds best to uniform wiring, but with periodic accelerations. When deepening the wobbler by several meters, twitching is no longer used, but the speed of the wiring can be different and vary from the slowest to the fastest. However, in most cases, perch and perch, the best is the usual uniform wiring with low speed.
It should be noted that any predatory fish, including chub and asp, is caught on wobblers. With the chub, everything is more or less clear, its fishing for wobblers has already become a spinning classic, but with asp it is more difficult. Most anglers still believe that asp is best taken on fast-moving baits, and it is simply unrealistic to conduct a wobbler in this way. Nevertheless, the wobbler can certainly be called asp bait. Only to catch a asp on it is necessary in certain conditions. So, in spring and autumn, with cold water, when the fry is kept at a depth, this fish often takes on wobblers much better than on other baits.
Game, rattles and coloring
All krenki and shades have their own game, that is, they create vibrations of a certain frequency in the water. Therefore, each time you have to choose the bait for specific conditions, and for this you need some experience and constant experimentation with both bait and wiring. It should be borne in mind that the mood of a predator can change several times, even within one day. He prefers extremely smooth movements, then fast. Wobbler game depends on the design features of the model, on the size and shape of the blade, its location relative to the body. So, at the Cotton Cordell SS Shad wobbler, the blade does not come out from the tip of the nose, but a little lower, due to which the bait got a very wide, we can say, swivel game. For this wobbler for several years I was caught just a huge amount of pike and zander. Nevertheless, it is impossible to say that the pike definitely loves a sweeping game. No less successfully I caught her on the old Papala Shad Rap, and his game can hardly be called wide.
When fishing overhead, the speed with which the bait penetrates to the working depth is of fundamental importance. In this regard, the championship, perhaps, belongs to the Wally Diver Model of the company Cotton Cordell, it has a metal ball in its blades, which makes the bait go down a steep path. The wobbler’s catchability is largely affected by the presence of metal balls in the body of the bait. They can play a different role: attract a predator with their sound, due to moving through a special channel to the back, increase the casting range. However, to say that rattles – capsules with metal balls – always increase the catchability, it is impossible, sometimes they give a negative effect. An example of a clearly successful version of the rattle is the already mentioned Cotton Cordell Shad. It is “charged” with small metal shot, which gives a very good combination of game and noise from balls.
However, models that do not have a loud sound also catch fish well. One of these wobblers – the already mentioned Rapala Shad Rap by the company – I once set my own personal record. It was at the Ruza reservoir at the opening of the season. In the morning, open competitions were held and the catches were good – 6-7 kilograms of pike perch and pike. I swam out after dinner and stood on a well-known spot on a flooded road. I caught only one wobbler and during the time from lunch to evening I caught 56 zander. Almost everyone, of course, was released back. I put the boat a little to the side in order to throw the road and draw a wobbler across it. The bait periodically touched the bottom, and then there was a bite. At a depth of just 2.5 meters was a “sports” pike perch, weighing from 800 g to 1.5 kg. Despite the fact that recently a large number of new, very effective wobblers have appeared, this record has remained unsurpassed.
Now about the colors of the lures. The debate about its effect on catchability has been going on for many years. In my opinion, the coloring of the wobbler is more important for the angler than for the fish. For example, for many years I like wobblers with a blue back and a red spot on the abdomen. Once upon a time, my fascination with woblers began with them, and this my subjective preference remained for many years. However, next to me, other fishermen no less successfully catch on completely different colors. The only general regularity that can be really traced is that it is better to catch bright colors in muddy water, and natural ones, although this is manifested to a lesser extent at a depth of 3 meters.
The catch of the wobbler still depends most of all on how deep the bait goes and on its game. It must be emphasized that the distance at which the bait goes above the bottom is of fundamental importance. The smaller it is, the better. So periodic contact with the bottom of the blade is not only permissible, but also desirable. This serves as evidence that the bait is at maximum depth. A wobbler can go even higher, say, half a meter from the bottom, but in this horizon the number of bites decreases markedly. Sometimes you have to lead the bait and a meter from the bottom, but this is a necessary measure, permissible only where there are snags and other obstacles at the bottom.