Leash baits

The article will focus on those lures that are suitable for fishing with spaced rigs in general and with a diverter lead in particular. Of course, this review does not pretend to be complete and cannot, given the huge variety of all kinds of rubber on store shelves. I want to tell only about those lures that I myself have fished a lot this year, but, of course, not all interesting brands and models of rubber fell into my hands. I will say right away: we will talk about perch fishing, since it is this fish that makes up the main prey of lovers of the diverter lead. As for pike or pike perch, it is often more effective to catch them with a classic jig, and not with leash rigs.

The size. In my opinion, the optimal twister size for a drop lead is about two inches (5 cm). Some people manage to fish with microtwisters about an inch long, but such lures are not widely used in amateur fishing. Yes, it bites on micro-baits, sometimes quite well, but the size of the prey often leaves much to be desired. Although in competitions, where every gram of catch is worth its weight in gold, such a choice may be justified. On the other hand, using baits longer than three inches hardly makes sense. Perch bite on them not too willingly, besides, heavy sinkers are needed, otherwise the rig will get confused when casting. But in general it is very useful to experiment with the size of the twister. Sometimes increasing or decreasing the length of the bait by a few millimeters noticeably improves the bite of the perch. It should be borne in mind that there is no single system of designating the size of the bait, and “two-inch” twisters from different manufacturers may be of different lengths.

Colour. The question of the influence of the color of the bait on the bite is one of the most controversial. Many experienced spinning anglers claim that the fish does not pay attention to the color of the bait at all, others, no less experienced, say that sometimes even a small difference in the color of the twister can make a difference. The truth, as always, is somewhere in between. In order for a set of lures to be considered universal, there are enough twisters of three colors: light (white, yellow, fluorescent white), dark (green, brown, etc.) and acidic (chartreuse, etc.). With such a set, in almost any situation, you can at least get away from zero, and usually fish well. “Acidists” more often “shoot” at high activity of perch, light lures – in muddy water and when fishing at great depths, well, lures of dark colors are perhaps the most versatile and work almost always, especially in places with clear water and light (to for example, a sandy) bottom.

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A game. Also an ambiguous question. For fishing with a diverter, they try to choose rubber with the most active play, and in principle this approach is justified. But if you actively animate the twister with a rod, relatively “passive” lures are quite applicable.

Buoyancy. In my opinion, floating lures are always preferable. There are noticeably more bites with them, especially during pauses. However, it happens that the fish is more willing to take the bait from the bottom, and not in the water column, and then sinking rubber may come in handy. The only thing is that its animation should be more active in most cases.

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Most spinning players, hearing about Damiki lures, will decide that they are talking about wobblers: it was the wobblers that brought the company fame on the Russian market. Meanwhile, the company also produces silicone baits. The assortment includes twisters of two main options – a classic twister and its two-tailed modification. This season I have been able to test the 1.5 ”F-grub and the 2” Y-grub on the water. Damiki’s range of rubber colors is small and by and large not very successful: only 6 color options, while many catchy colors are missing. Chartreuse Silver can be considered the most suitable option, in second place, perhaps, white (Cream White) or fluorescent (Glow). However, many perches will also like red lures, although I did not notice any advantage of this color over others.

Twisters are made of a rather tough material, so you shouldn’t expect a particularly active and easy game from them. In addition, they do not hold very well on the offset hook and often slide off. The situation is a little saved by “cooking” the baits: pouring boiling water over them for a couple of minutes, followed by drying on a flat smooth surface, for example, on glass. After this treatment, the twisters become much softer and play more actively. But this method also has a downside: an already not too strong bait becomes even more unstable and after 5-6 bites, its tail is usually torn off. Fishing with Damiki Bait is desirable on the current and with active animation of the bait with a rod. It is better to equip two-inch ones with small offsetrs, for example Sasame Rockfish No. 4, for one-and-a-half inches it is better to use small worm hooks with barbs on the forend. In general, this is quite suitable for a diverting economy class bait, although the price is, perhaps, its only advantage.


The range of sizes and colors of Mikado Twister lures is very wide, but we are interested in three sizes of twisters – 38, 52 and 57 mm. Of the features of the lures, I will note a very long movable tail, which begins to play even on the slowest wire. This allows the Mikado Twister to be used both on current and in still water, especially when fishing for passive perch, which requires the slowest possible retrieval. As for the color options, Mikado has plenty of them and you can always choose the right color for almost any conditions. It is better to equip twisters with a length of 38 mm with small single boxes, but larger baits are already quite suitable for offset workers. For 52mm hooks # 4 from Owner will be optimal, and for 57mm hooks # 2-3 by Owner or VMC.

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The bait equipped with a hook has a slight negative buoyancy and, during a pause, hangs for a while in the water column, after which it begins to sink. At this moment, bites most often follow. Oddly enough, the smallest twisters turned out to be the most working for me, but the “average” ones – 52 mm baits. Fishing technique with the Mikado Twister can be very different – from slow, even retrieve to active play with a rod. In general, Mikado Twister is a very interesting option that can be safely recommended to fans of the diverter. If these twisters were produced in an “edible” version, they could well compete with the lures of more famous and well-known brands.


Of the entire range of Mann’s, 50 and 75 mm lures are most suitable for fishing with a diverter line (the length is indicated by the manufacturer for a lure with an extended tail). Twisters are made of very soft and elastic silicone, they hold well on the hook. The body is relatively thin, optimal for fitting with offsetrs (with thicker twisters, the number of empty bites is usually much higher). But the tail is very powerful and creates strong vibrations regardless of the speed of the drive. The choice of colors is not very large, but if you follow the above “theory of three colors”, bait of three colors is quite enough: for example, white, light green with sparkles and smoky green metallic. The latter, by the way, can claim the title of a hit no less popular among perch coppers of “machine oil” or “beer to the point”.

For equipping 5 cm twisters, the already mentioned Sasame Rockfish No. 4 offset hook is optimal, and for a larger model – the same “four”, but from Owner or VMC (the hooks of these companies are slightly larger in size). Mann’s twisters worked best in stagnant water or in slow current, especially at low retrieve speeds when fishing for a passive predator. However, active play with a rod and fishing on the current are also not contraindicated for them. Interestingly, compared to their “edible” sibling Mann’s Hard Nose, I did not notice much difference in attractiveness to fish. Perhaps, only a quicker sweep is required: the fish holds the bait in its mouth for less time and throws it faster when it senses a catch. In general, I can say that Mann’s twisters have fully met my expectations. When using sensitive gear, the fishing efficiency with them is very high. This is facilitated by well-chosen proportions of the body of the bait, which allows to reduce the number of empty bites to a minimum.

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Frankly speaking, the range of this American manufacturer on the Russian market does not have many lures suitable for purposeful perch fishing. This is understandable: after all, the baits produced by Gary Yamamoto are focused primarily on bass. The two-inch GY Grub is a nice exception in this regard. This lure is aimed at all kinds of American “small things” (Crappie and Panfish), but it is quite suitable for our perch. The lure has classic proportions – a moderately “plump” body and medium-sized tail. There is no mention of the “edibility” of this twister on the packaging, but, apparently, all Gary Yamamoto lures are edible to one degree or another. This is manifested, in particular, in the fact that the fish sometimes literally chews the bait. Therefore, there is no need to rush to the sweep. At the first sign of a bite, you can (and even need to) pause for one or two seconds.

As for the colors, you will rarely find this bait on the shelves in more than 5-6 color options, and even not the most attractive ones. Of these, I would say the Lemon color is the most optimal. This twister is very difficult to use and requires the active participation of the fisherman during the posting. Firstly, the bait’s own play is not very pronounced, especially in stagnant water and with slow wiring, and secondly, the twister sinks rather quickly and, with slow wiring, simply drags along the bottom. So the main wiring option is a kind of twitching (with sharp jerks), during which the bait behaves in the same way as a minnow wobbler: it zigzags from side to side. This is facilitated by the flattened shape of the head of the lure. It is best to equip this twister with the smallest offset makers. Overall, the Gary Yamamoto Grub turned out to be a very effective bait, albeit a difficult one, to which you need to pick a key. But the game is worth the candle: the twister sometimes catches fish even when other anglers are completely barking.