Jibs for stepped wiring

You can endlessly argue about what a jig is and how legitimate it is to include fishing not only with rubber and foam rubber, but also with other types of lures. What is more important to me is the fact that fishing with step wiring with oscillating spoons in certain situations is very effective. This fishing is not very widespread, so it seems to me appropriate to share my own experience in this type of fishing. For me it all started a long time ago, with one fishing near Podolsk, on a dam blocking an unnamed river. We caught perch, bait – a twister on a 4-gram jig head. The bite was good, but the perches very often cut off the tails of the twisters.

Eventually my supply of baits ran out and I put in a small spoiler from my winter set. He led her with a step, and it turned out that the perch took on it no worse than on rubber. In terms of the number of bites, the spoon was not inferior to the twister, but it flew much further. That fishing stuck in my mind, and the thought never left me that once a perch takes a perch on a stepped wiring, then you can try to catch other predators in this way. True, the matter usually did not go further than reasoning, but several oscillating spoons suitable for stepped wiring have constantly been in my box since then.

The turning point came at one of the trips to the Rybinsk reservoir. We were fishing together with a friend, very good took pike perch interspersed with bersh. But then the biting stopped. We were sure that the fish had not gone anywhere, but simply for some reason stopped taking. The friend continued to fish with a jig, changing the size of lures, color, using foam and polyurethane foam, but he had no bites. And I remembered my spoons. I put one, more for luck, and the oscillator worked! Almost every second posting was followed by a bite of zander.

At first we chalked it up to a coincidence, but on the second day it all happened again, though not with pike perch, but with perch. We were fishing on a small sandy navel not far from the coast. We stood at thirteen meters, threw at five. Perch took both silicone and foam rubber, and took it very actively. But now, as it usually happens, the bite begins to weaken. Posting after posting – and silence. I put on a shaker – and the bites resume! I wondered. Put on the twister again. Five wires – no bites. I cling to the shaker – bite on the second cast! I change the iron to foam rubber: five wires – nothing. Again a bobber – a perch on the very first drive! There could be no question of chance.

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Why does the oscillator continue to fish when the usual jig ceases to interest the fish? Perhaps the fact is that during jig fishing, the predator quickly “gets used” to a certain type of movement of the bait and stops responding to it. This is especially noticeable in those places where many spinners gather. To stir up the predator, you have to change the rhythm of the wiring, experiment with the weight of the load, etc. And all these tricks do not always help. But as far as oscillating lures are concerned, as far as I can tell, “addiction” does not come to them – apparently for the reason that these lures are used extremely rarely.

Step rockers

Alas, it is almost impossible to buy a lure suitable for jig in a store. Therefore, I make them myself and, if necessary, I can conjure over the bait until I achieve the desired game. The main material for making spinners is cupronickel. The shape is elongated, I did not reveal clear proportions and rely more on intuition. Moreover, the ratio of the size of the surface of the spoon and its weight is of great importance. If this combination is chosen correctly, then the bait plans and hesitates when it falls. On a step, such a spoon falls at least twice as long as a regular jig, which allows you to more carefully fish the most interesting places. The main requirement: the spoon should play during the fall, hesitate, but never go into a spin. Most often I solder two cupronickel plates, but sometimes I use one plate and solder tin on one side.

All my lures can be divided into three groups. The first is very thin spinners with relatively massive soldering in the back. Shifting the center of gravity far back provides a stable position of the spoon during casting, which increases its range. With stepped guidance, the spoon easily breaks off the ground and rises high enough even with a short pull. On the fall, the spoon plans, while the front lighter part of it fluctuates noticeably. Due to their stability, such models are well suited for fishing narrow clean corridors among snags, as well as in cases where maximum casting is required.

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The second group includes spinners, in which the center of gravity is slightly shifted forward. At first glance, such a design is unequivocally inferior to the previous one: the spoon flies worse, the amplitude of oscillations when falling on a step is less. All this is true, but such a spoon sinks to the bottom with the front heavier end and the hook never first contacts the obstacle. As a result, it becomes possible to use it where there are many hooks at the bottom. At the moment of touching the bottom, I make a pull and the spoon soars up again, while the hook simply does not have time to go down and “catch” the snag. To reduce the likelihood of snagging, I usually equip such models with a single hook with a coil and a small tassel. It is difficult to say how much the red thread increases the number of bites, but the fact that the winding seems to hold the hook when falling is a fact.

In the third group, you can include spinners that have more or less the same thickness along the entire length. These lures do not have any special advantages associated with a displaced center of gravity, nevertheless, they quite successfully catch both pike perch and pike. Their purpose is to harvest gentle river bed dumps. Their main advantage is their relatively large weight and wide play, which is very attractive for a large predator. It is noteworthy that even the spoons intended for catching zander should not be too narrow: then the game of the spoons deteriorates, and the zander takes on it worse.


The discs described are very well suited for catching different edges. It happens that a predator, a pike perch or a large perch, keeps at the top edge, but not on the edge itself, but shifted further to watering. Problems arise when using conventional jig lures. Let’s say we stand at 14 meters, the cast is 3 meters, for watering. The question arises: how much weight to put? This is usually 14-16 grams, depending on the flow. But with such a load, it is simply impossible to guide the bait along the watering itself: plowing of the bottom begins and collecting all the snags. And with less weight, you will not catch a stall. The lure, due to its good gliding properties, allows one cast to fish at different depths.

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In the event that the lure on the wiring periodically touches the bottom, it is better to use the option with a single hook. You can put a twister on the hook or even replace a regular hook with an offset one and turn the bait into a non-hook. True, I rarely use this option, since a spinner with a twister is effective only when fishing for perch. Sometimes vibrators help out in the most difficult places. Not so long ago, on Rybinka, near Bork, local fishermen shared with me one good pike perch spot. The depth is only three meters, but with a deaf snag. According to them, the pike perch grabs the bait there only when it knocks on the snags during the wiring. It is clear that catching in these conditions with ordinary jig baits is a hopeless business, but
an oscillator in combination with a single-piece worked there too.

Lures used for stepped guidance work well in the water column and even near the surface. This is of great importance when fishing for asp. Recently I was convinced of this on the Volga a little lower than Volgograd. The three of us were fishing from the same boat. They carefully approached the boiler and made casts, trying to throw it over. One could catch two or three fish from one place, then the cauldron crumbled. On the next cauldron, when all the signs of the presence of a predator had disappeared, I began to carry out the oscillator in the water column, catching horizon after horizon, to the very bottom. He took two decent asps at about three meters, and when he switched to stepped wiring along the bottom – the depth there is about five meters – the bite resumed with renewed vigor. That is, when the cauldron disappears, this does not mean at all that the asp is gone – it can simply sink lower.