Before moving on to specific lures, I would like to briefly talk about the general principles of fishing with “chain” type lures. In my opinion they are more versatile than traditional sheer lures. Chains are suitable for catching active fish, and for the wilderness, when the predator becomes more capricious and picky. In addition, if you take perch fishing, it is easier to search for fish with these spinners – primarily due to the fact that the problem of the size and weight of the bait is not as tough with them as with ordinary ones.
At the same time, I would not say that there are no shortcomings in chain lures. Firstly, they catch mostly perch and attempts to “cut off” it with the help of a larger bait do not help well here. More precisely, the pike is also interested in large chain lures, but because of the hook that has been taken out, it is picked up somewhat worse and there are many empty bites and descents. On the other hand, when fishing for perch, the hook is a dignity. This can be explained by the feeding mechanics of this fish: the perch lacks the bait with its mouth, but draws it in with the stream of water, and it is much easier for it to pull in a light hook than a heavy spoon. In fact, whatever the weight and size of the bait itself, the hook will end up in the fish’s mouth anyway. The main thing is that this bait should interest him. The second problem follows from the way the perch is fed: the hook sometimes turns out to be too deep in the mouth of the fish and it can be difficult to get it, which slows down the pace of fishing, and even makes you nervous.
It is believed that chain lures are unreliable due to the fact that the chain may not support the weight of large fish. Probably, in some ways the skeptics are right: the chain may not stand the weight of a real “crocodile”, but. How often do we come across these crocodiles? And it is hardly worth making increased demands on the reliability of the bait, designed mainly for perch. Nevertheless, I can say that all my spinners withstood the load of 2 kg without any problems. With its further increase, the links of the chains began to deform and stretch, but even with a load of 3 kg, the chain did not break. When was the last time you came across a perch weighing more than 3 kg? So I think never.
But if, nevertheless, doubts about reliability will interfere with normal fishing, you can generally remove the suspension and equip the lure with an ordinary single hook or tee, since the design of these lures allows you to do this without problems. True, the result will be a completely different spoon, and the fact that it will remain the same catchy is not at all a fact.
Working with these baits also has its own characteristics. Too active and sweeping play is contraindicated for them, since the hook can catch on the fishing line. It is best to raise the spoon 10-15 cm at an average speed, smoothly, avoiding sudden jerks. The specific technique of the game depends, of course, on the chosen place and the activity of the fish. It can only be noted that these spinners allow for a greater variety of game options. For example, you can give them a little shake by nodding when the color drop hook dances in place, without moving too much. During periods of deafness or just inactive biting, this can be useful. Increasing the pause while playing the bait can also be effective. The hook continues to move even after the lure has stopped, and the fish can attack the bait at this very moment.
One more point – on all the considered lures there are no winder rings and the question may arise about the method of attaching the bait to the fishing line. In my opinion, they, like wobblers and balancers, are categorically contraindicated for fastening with a blind knot. Therefore, it remains either to use fasteners or knit a non-tightening loop like Rapal’s. The clasp is more comfortable, the main thing is that it is not too large and heavy. Well, when using a loop, the quality of the fishing line will turn out to be important, since not all of them hold this knot well, which was well shown by the recently conducted line test.
And a little about the tackle. Disputes about the need to nod on a fishing rod for vertical lure have been going on for a long time, and anglers are unlikely to come to a consensus here. The truth, as always, is somewhere in between: in some cases you need it, but in some you can do without it. But fishing with chain lures is the case when the nod will be useful. And the point here is not so much in some special accuracy of bites on these baits, but in the very variety of the game. Swinging a spoon in one place or a particularly delicate game is much easier and more convenient to perform when you catch with a nod. In different stores, the cost of Finnish spinners with a chain today ranges from 220 to 250 rubles.