Review of silicone baits

The variety of soft plastic baits on store shelves is simply amazing. In any case, the question of what bait to buy in order to spend money with maximum benefit is very relevant. In the last issue, we talked about lures that have proven themselves well in fishing with a diverter lead, and today we will expand the topic and talk about rubber in general – regardless of the fishing method and the expected production. Since it is impossible to grasp the immensity, we will restrict ourselves to the one that we have been able to test in practice this season. Recently, it seems that the classic jig is gradually losing ground, giving way to easier-to-learn, and often more catchy, leash rigs, first of all, a diverter leash.

In addition, the recent tendency to fish with wobblers in the cold season also makes itself felt. There is a rational sense in all this. A recent example: literally one and a half to two weeks ago, the same perch could be caught with deep wobblers much more successfully than with a diverter lead and a classic jig. But at the same time, this does not mean at all that one can forget about the jig at all. You can easily give examples of how exactly the classic jig brought success, while other methods were out of work. In addition, do not forget that the catch of jig wheels is usually much larger than the fish caught on the drain. The jig also has one more important advantage: if with the help of wobblers you can fish only the coastal zone, at most – the near edge (we are talking, of course, about medium and large rivers), then for the classic jig the area of ​​the available water area increases several times.


Yum is a well-known brand among the advanced perches. The first and main feature of these baits is their “edibility”. According to the manufacturer, Yum rubber mimics the smell of wounded fish, which attracts a predator (technology “live prey” – Live Prey Technology). In addition, salt is introduced into the material of the bait, which also contributes to an increase in its “edibility”. They say that even a float rod can catch pieces of Hume twisters, and the nozzle can not be changed all day. I have not conducted such experiments, but the fact that the “edibility” of these baits is not an empty phrase: I myself was convinced more than once. The perch is in no hurry to spit out the twister, which allows for some delay in the hooking. Moreover, it is often even useful: the fish can more accurately grab the prey and the number of retirements will be minimal. I would also like to note that with a small light hook, Yum’s rubber floats, which is an absolute plus when fishing with spaced rigs. There are many color options, the only problem is that the most catchy colors are sold out very quickly.

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Total length 43 mm, body length 27 mm. This is a well-known lure, which is similar in shape to the classic twister, but with a relatively small tail, which at the same time has a very active play. The second feature is the ribbed body, which makes the bait more “noisy”. There is a lot of salt both in the twister material and on the surface. The bait is supposed to be planted “sideways”, so that the tail is in the horizontal plane. This is indicated by a smooth area where it is convenient to place the offset tip. Such editing allows you to achieve an easier game, especially on the flow. However, these twisters, planted in the classical way, play well. It is best to equip this lure with either a small single-cutter or an Owner J-Hook # 4. The Wooly Curtail worked best for me in a drop-shot rig, although it can be used on a drop lead and in a classic jig.


Overall length 42 mm, body length 28 mm. This bait is known much less and mainly from translated articles by foreign authors. She has an unusual shape: a ribbed body (like Wooly Curtail) and a flat double ponytail. A special platform is provided on the body of the bait for withdrawing the tip of the hook. It is best to equip the Wooly Beavertail with offset hooks No. 3-4. The posting is supposed to be active, with short and rather sharp jerks, during which it plays its best. Wooly Beavertail’s most successful work was on lead rigs. When fishing with other methods, the game of this lure looks, in my opinion, more constrained and not so attractive.


In the case of larger lures, I would not undertake to single out those of them that catch mainly pike or mainly zander – here everything depends more on the presence of one or another fish at the point of fishing. This year my main baits for catching these predators have become Mann’s vibro-tails, although, of course, my arsenal is not limited to them only.


Overall 70 mm. Mann’s distributors say the bait is similar in shape to juvenile salmon. Of the features I would like to note a relatively large and powerful tail, which creates powerful vibrations even at the minimum speed of the drive, as well as a “spike” in the upper part of the tail, which also has a certain effect on the game. The pointed head part, apparently, involves equipping with a single hook, since the bait is very deformed on the jig head. Equipping with a double is possible, but in this case it is better to trim the head of the vibrotail. But if you cut the belly, giving the bait even more sweeping outlines, it will be possible to equip the vibrotail with a large offset hook, for example Owner J-Hook No. 1. In general, the use of a single or double is preferable – with them the bait, in addition to the characteristic movements of the tail, also begins wiggle the whole body, which attracts fish well. I also note the good range of this bait. You can fish with it both in stagnant water and in the current; the intended catch is large perch, pike and pike perch.

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Overall length 70 mm. The body shape of this vibrotail resembles that of Samlet lures, but there is no “spike” on the tail, and the tail itself is somewhat smaller. In addition, the Dodger’s body is narrower. But the main thing in it is the presence of ribs in the tail part, thanks to which the vibrotail is noticeably different from its analogues in its game. Mann’s Predator and Relax Kopyto also have ribs. Dodger differs from them, first of all, by a noticeably better range due to a narrower and more compact body. It is also better to equip this vibrotail with a single or double, but the size of the hook must be approached more carefully so that it does not interfere with the game of the bait. There are no contraindications to the installation of the bait on the jig head, but the appearance in this case turns out to be very unpresentable. The Dodger is more active than the Samlet, with more frequency but less amplitude and less swaying. The bait can be used both on the current and in stagnant water, the main prey is large perch and pike perch, although there are reports of successful catfish and shuka fishing with it. According to my observations, the shuka still responds better to more “fleshy” baits like the Predator.


The total length is 98 mm, with a tail unfolded about 120 mm. This is another unusual lure from Mann’s, although something similar has already happened – remember at least Delalande Sandra or Orka Mermaid. The body here is from the shad shad, and the tail is from the twister. Unlike the aforementioned lures, the tail is much longer and narrower, which is why it does not hold its “twister” shape not only when the bait moves in water, but also simply in the air. For greater “noise” in the tail, five holes are made. Their effect is especially pronounced when fishing in muddy water, when even on a dark Maker the fish bite more actively than on almost the same twisters, but without holes. You can equip the bait with doubles and jig heads. It is not very suitable for an offset operator because of the “pot-bellied” body, so in strong places it is better to use hooks with wire protection from snags.

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The Maker works best in stagnant water or light currents. With an increase in the flow rate, the bait plays worse – the softness of the material makes itself felt. The main catch of “Maker” is pike, and of the most different sizes – from half a kilogram of laces to solid specimens. The perch is no less actively interested in him, but he often just “rolls”, clinging to the tail. This bait is also suitable for catching catfish, but for zander the results are still quite modest. Perhaps it is better to put something smaller on zander.


Total length 56 mm, body length 35 mm. If we talk about universal silicone lures, then this twister simply cannot be ignored. It is no coincidence that many call it bait No. 1 and use it everywhere and always and for a wide variety of fish. The bait is really versatile. It can be caught with a classic jig and with spaced rigs. The narrow body does not pose any problem when fitted with a suitably sized offset crochet hook (Owner or VMC no. 1-2). However, both on a double and on a jig head, it behaves no worse. The twister is very long-range – compared to more “meaty” lures of the same size, the difference in casting distance can reach ten meters. The material of the twister is very soft, the bait starts to play even on the slowest wire, and at the same time it can be used on a fairly strong current. It is advisable to store the baits in the original packaging – this protects them from aging and drying out.

As for the objects of fishing, it is difficult to determine the priorities. Perch, pike perch and pike peck equally well on this twister. The pike, however, comes across mostly medium-sized, so for hunting trophy fish it is better to take a larger bait (for example, AP 5FG). On 3FG, they regularly catch all kinds of underwear such as bream, crucian carp and carp, and the fish comes across “honestly”, grabbing the bait by mouth.