How to choose a wobbler. Part 1

Manufacturers of spinning lures offer anglers the widest selection of wobblers, in addition, most models are available in 3-5 sizes or more. Which one to choose and in which case? Perhaps the lack of information that helps a beginner to navigate this issue is the reason that the owner of the wobbler does not dare to use it. And in vain, because this bait always catches, except when it remains lying in the box. Let’s outline the principles of selection of these lures for fishing in specific conditions. Some fishing shops offer up to several hundred models of wobblers, so that the consumer’s eyes run wild. Consultants are not your help here: they simply cannot physically try such a number of baits, and even if they caught with some of them, then most likely not in the places where you usually do it. Most anglers buy wobblers haphazardly, without considering the future fishing conditions. Statements that, they say, this wobbler is for pike, and this one is for perch, are unfounded, if you do not specify what is the depth in the place of intended fishing, how strong the current is there, whether there are snags, whether you intend to hunt for large fish.

Taking into account the specific conditions of fishing, you can correctly choose a wobbler. In deep, fast water conditions, when the fish is at the very bottom, we choose sinking hooks from RAPALA for fishing. Why? All sinking models, although less maneuverable during the drive, are not carried out by the flow of water to the surface; they can be caught by casting upstream and lowering the lure to a predetermined depth (up stream). In addition, compound wobblers are the most mobile of the sinking lures. This is why the RAPALA CDJ lure can be considered optimal for the given fishing conditions. On packages with wobblers from different companies – Rapala (Finland), Ugly Duckling (Yugoslavia), Duel (Japan), Yo-Zuri (Japan), Daiwa (Japan), Rebel (USA), Cotton Cordell (USA) – you can often find inscriptions Shad or Minnow (Shad wobblers are sometimes called Plug or Crank). Outwardly, these lures are somewhat reminiscent of a tadpole, their front part, equipped with a blade, is much wider and sometimes thicker than the tail part. They have a fussy game in a narrow corridor. The best specimens are effective on the current, they are not turned sideways by jets of water.

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Wobblers of the “Shad” family are both floating (they are more suitable for fishing in stagnant water) and sinking (these are best used in the current). When you need to fish the bottom layers of water, the “Shad” model with a large blade is preferable. The large area of ​​capture of water and the large angle of attack make the bait quickly reach the set depth of retrieval. Shad models have a very steep, almost vertical trajectory with a center of gravity that is maximally mixed to the blade. The flip side of the coin is the frequent overlaps of the line due to an imbalance in the bait. The Japanese manufacturers of wobblers acted very wisely: the system of channels with balls inside almost excludes overlaps, and the bait penetration rate remains high. By the way, Korean counterparts can serve as an excellent alternative to expensive Japanese wobblers.

Scope of Shad wobblers – deep flat areas. However, if the depth of fishing is already very great, then it is better to look for a replacement wobbler. Shad models with large blades are unlikely to help out even if it is necessary to “hold the bottom” at a depth of 6 m or more. And further; they all put a lot of stress on the rod, sometimes the tackle becomes just a pity. In addition to the speed of reaching the bottom, it is also necessary to remember about such a characteristic of wobblers as the ascent rate. When fishing at the bottom, when your wobbler now and then pokes its nose into the unevenness of the river bed, its ascent (rebound) should also be controlled. If you fish on a muddy bottom or in thickets of bottom vegetation, then keep in mind: the faster the rebound, the better. In this case, it is worth giving preference to wobblers with a body shape resembling a pear. Models from Berkley, Daiwa and Rapala have proven themselves well. Rebel lures work pretty well. I assure you that other companies have models that are no worse

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If you are fishing in places where the bottom is hard enough (small stones, sand), and the bottom relief is quite varied, then equip your rod with a Shad model with a wide but fairly flat body. The most striking example is the “CC Shad” (CC – Permanent Contact) by Cotton Cordell. They float up more slowly and more easily take their original position, in which the bait pokes into the ground and, as it were, digs in it. It is good if, during the ascent, the bait also trembles seductively (Fenwick and Duel also have such models) thanks to the tunnels-channels that go not along, but across the body of the bait. The balls in them make the bait vibrate. The channel system significantly increases the catching power of the lure and is used not only in Shad wobblers.


This family of lures is also called stick (stick) or simply wobbler (wobbler). A distinctive feature is a squared shape, like the body of a gudgeon or bleak. Wobblers “Minnow” are characterized by a wide variety of play when driving, as well as good handling of some of the most successful models. For example, “Original” Rapala has a wide, very active play; model HJ (Husky Jerk) demonstrates a more modest game and seems to “show off” her sides; “Cristal” Yo-Zuri waddles from side to side, and “luv” Nils Master writes a very effective snake when playing. Note that many “Minnow” are produced in all three versions: sinking, floating and neutral buoyancy (suspend).

Let’s start with floating wobblers. When choosing a model, pay attention to the shape of the blade. If it is small and narrow, then the bait trembles fine; if it is wider than the body of the wobbler, then it will most likely move in a wide corridor equal to 1/3 of its length. Pay attention to the location of the blade and at what angle with respect to the horizontal axis it is installed. The further it is from the front loop, the wider the wobbler will play. If the blade is close to the front loop, the game will turn out to be smooth, with swaying, and the trajectory of movement will resemble a smooth sinusoid. The activity of the bait’s movements depends on the area of ​​the blade.

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