About twenty years ago, the concept of “soft revolution” appeared among Russian fishermen. Frankly, it doesn’t quite warm my soul. But the fact is that conventions in the fishing world, as well as slang, take place. With this, apparently, you just need to put up. Much more important is another. Beginners, and even more experienced anglers, involuntarily ask themselves the question of why, in earlier times, predatory fish were effectively caught on metal lures, but now give it silicone. In fact, why? It is rather difficult to answer this question unequivocally, but the main reason, as I see it, is that the fish gets used to the same type of bait and actively respond to new ones. All currently available spinning lures made of soft plastic and silicone can be divided primarily into two large groups: active and passive.
The first is the bait, which during the wiring wriggle or seductively wag its tail. The second require the fisherman certain skills and abilities in order to give them the right game. Such baits are most often used for stepped wiring. The range of models made of plastic and silicone is wide: from micro-bait type Micro power Tube (Berkley company) to soft-body artificial trout Soft body trout, which has a length of 27 cm and a weight of 127 grams and is intended mainly for catching American large-sized perch monsters (bass).
In the eighties of the last century, in some Western magazines, for example, I met completely indigestible recommendations when experts advised ordinary fishermen to purchase immediately no more and no less than a bucket of twisters. The motivation in this case came down to the fact that jig baits tend to cling to snags and other underwater obstacles. Not to mention the fact that this approach to the use of soft baits is very ruinous, it would be nice to think about undesirable pollution of water bodies with lead and silicone. The consumption of plastic and silicone jigs sharply declined with the advent of snap-ons that exclude hooks.
Today, the “soft revolution”, in my opinion, is not that it is in full bloom, but rather is in decline. However, many manufacturers continue to produce a series of original baits that imitate various fish, amphibians, and insects. Moreover, baits that are harmless from an environmental point of view are increasingly appearing. A typical example is the latest developments of the multinational company Pure Fishing. The new jig baits of this company are not only fragrant and tasteful for fish, but also have a water base. Leaving such a bait in the mouth of a fish or snag, you can rest assured that it will soon dissolve in water without consequences for injured fish and, most importantly, the ecology of the reservoir where you were fishing. These baits are sold under the name Gulp. And you can buy them at the Russian trading company "Lotta-Olt."
There are many varieties of soft lures. The most dynamic and active soft lures are twisters and vibro-tails. They can be used with jig heads and cargo heads, with ordinary single and offset hooks, with doubles and tees, as well as in various combinations with spinners, wobblers, foam fish and other lures.
At first glance, it might seem that all the twisters (nowadays grub) in English are only different in color. But this is not so. Firstly, some of them are designed for fishing in fresh water. Others are in the salty sea. Secondly, some have a special aromatic impregnation, others do not. But the main thing that determines the game of the bait during posting is the configuration of its tail. Twisters, for example, are single-tailed and double-tailed, and, of course, their play during posting will be different. Choosing a twister or vibrotail, I raise the bait upside down. If it does not stick out, but hang limply, then there is every reason to believe that this bait will be effective. I check the work of each rubber bait in a pond, driving it in the upper layers of water.
Twisters imitate worms, leeches, as well as fish trifles like minnows or minnows. On the jig head, the twister is mounted so that the hook tip is located approximately in the middle. I give preference to “eared” load heads to which I twist on a single or double hook using a winding ring. In this case, the bait plays more freely and, of course, becomes more attractive to fish. Types of wiring: horizontal (in the upper layers of water, at depths of 0.5-1 m), intermittent (in the water column) and stepwise – at the bottom. In general, it must be said that one of the main advantages of lures made of super-soft jelly-like plastic is that the fish after holding them hold them in their mouths longer or return for a second blow – this is characteristic even of most fastidious and traditionally careful fish.
Vibro-tails, like twisters, are no exception in this sense. In my opinion, it is easier to list the fish that do not take this bait than those that are caught on it. Vibro-tail works perfectly at any speed of wiring, attractively wagging its tail even from the slightest movement of the water itself or during free fall to the bottom. The color of the bait is selected in the pond, depending on the type of fish and fishing conditions.
A rather interesting and so far little-known among Russian fishermen bait is a plastic worm. These baits are not well known in our country for the simple reason that they were created for catching American perches: black, white, large and small and short. But this does not mean that this perch is ignored by our perch and our pike, especially the grass. You can catch some salmon on the worm. The advantage of a plastic worm is that, having a length of up to 15 cm and a rather narrow body, it is most suitable for the device of unhooks. Most simply, the worm is attached to the hook in the so-called Texas way. The sting is inserted into the head of the bait, and then the hook advances and fastens closer to the middle of the body of the worm. You can attach a silicone worm to two or three hooks. You can catch such a non-catching bait in the most inaccessible places. The head of the worm is loaded with a lead sliding weight.
In recent years, more and more new types of soft baits have begun to appear that mimic living fodder objects. Such, for example, as artificial frogs, octopuses, crayfish, various insects, etc. Some of them are used in combination with traditional spinners. In particular, baits in the form of self-loaded fish are very popular among western fishermen, the front part of which is very durable, and a soft jelly-like tail provokes a predator to its grip.
First, let me take a small excursion into the not so distant past. It was in the area of the Night Flight fishing base, where I came from the magazine Fishing in Russia. The first lesson of successful fishing for silicone baits was taught to me by huntsman Nikolai, with whom we then drove a motorboat through the Volga open spaces for a whole week. While I whipped the wasted water with a spinning rod, Nikolai, having no fishing rod at hand, tied a green twister to the fishing line, lowered it to the bottom and started playing with bait, wrapping the fishing line on his finger. About ten minutes later he hooked and successfully pulled from a depth of seven meters the lump under a kilogram. "Wow!" – I said, and also switched to catching on a plumb line. The result of that fishing was six zander, the largest of which pulled 3.2 kg. Until now, I wondered why fanged predators refused to take the same twister with stepwise and horizontal wiring.
Unfortunately, in our fishing literature, in addition to 2-3 professionally written articles about spinning, you will not find other information about this fascinating fishing. In principle, there is no particular difference when fishing from a boat and from ice, except that the hole significantly limits the catch area of a particular site. In either case, you will need a convenient fishing rod up to a meter long and preferably equipped with an inertia-free or multiplier reel. Such tackle will allow you to successfully fight even with a seasoned predator. On a mild and moderate course, I usually, having lowered the anchor to the bottom, eaves off the twine and thus moves downstream. And having found a flock of predators, I can stand in the same place for several hours.
It is currently difficult to find a spinning player who would not be fishing for soft baits. They are developed and produced by many foreign and Russian companies. However, “silicone”, however, not so long ago – 3-4 years ago – also had a second “profession”: winter-time fishermen are increasingly catching soft jigs. What caused such an unprecedented excitement around the “soft revolution”? The fishing tackle market is constantly being updated and the arsenal of soft (silicone) lures is becoming more diverse. How to understand this abundance for a novice angler?
For plumbing, these are primarily twisters and vibro-tails and, to a lesser extent, home-made foam rubber fish. Every fisherman – a pike, zander, perch, burbot or lake trout hunter – must have the necessary supply of soft baits with him when fishing. When choosing them, you should first pay attention to the design and quality of the material from which they are made. I must say – there are still “oak” baits on sale that do not work not only under ice, but also in open water. Now fishermen try to use silicone twisters and vibro-tails not on jig heads, but on load heads, which provide a greater degree of freedom during wiring due to the articulated connection of the hook and weight. In addition, twister ponytails can be successfully used as equipment for large mormyshki jig heads, cargo heads, vertical spinners and balancers.
author: Kazantsev V.
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