Soft bait. Part 2

Soft bait. Part 2Does the color of the bait play a role when fishing in a plumb line? Of course, yes. Such predators, for example, as pike and perch, perfectly distinguish colors. Color does not matter if fishing is carried out at dusk or at night. It should also be borne in mind that in late autumn, water is usually much more transparent than in summer. In general, there is ongoing debate about the color of jig baits. But there is no doubt that certain fish species prefer their favorite colors. Otherwise, why would we need to equip the baits with various ponytails, cambrices, beads, epoxy colored drops, etc.

Another serious question: how to use flavorings in cold water? I think more accurately than in the summer. Busting here does not lead to anything good. To the extent flavored silicone baits differ from ordinary baits in two main ways: they are pleasant for the fish to taste and smell. Therefore, the predator attacks them more actively, and after holding it holds it longer in the mouth. This gives the angler a couple of extra seconds to make an effective hook. But not only the smell and taste make these baits effective. Silicone jigs in the process of stepping in the bottom layers of the water provide such a game as if a live fish is busy searching for food. The nature of the movements, appearance, aroma and attractive trace – all this makes the bait catchy in all seasons. The main trophies: zander, pike, big perch, catfish, burbot.

Now the family of soft lures has replenished with a number of fundamentally new models, such as, for example, Blade Dancer jigs. They have a soft silicone body and a metal blade, due to which the jig works great in all layers of water and in free fall. The secret lies in the special design of the blade. The ideal bait for stepped wiring in all layers of water. Especially good for detecting the horizon on which the fish stands. Among other new silicone lures, flavored twisters and lures for fishing in sea water, equipped with hooks with an anti-corrosion coating, should be highlighted. Recently, anglers have begun to use traditional microjigs as hook hooks. For example, artificial bloodworms and maggots soaked in flavorings. I think this is a promising direction in catching both predatory and non-predatory fish.

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I would like to draw your attention to the fact that different predators require appropriate gear. So, for zander, I usually use a fishing rod with a hard whip and a wicker fishing line. This is explained by the fact that this predator has a rather hard mouth and cropping through it can be difficult. Another thing is pike and perch. These fish with hooks usually do not have problems, and in this case the usual monophilic fishing line is the most suitable. In any case, when plucking a large predator, you should not force events if you do not want him, full of strength and energy, to cut the fishing line at the very last moment. We must not forget that deep-sea pike perch, for example, experiences terrible discomfort when entering the upper layers of water. There is a fear of the boat and the pike, when she fiercely resists at the sight of a fisherman. With a perch in this regard, everything is much simpler.

But back to the soft bait. Usually they are self-loaded or in combination with a jig-head or eared sinker “Cheburashka”. In the latter case, when playing, the bait has more degrees of freedom, which provokes the predator to his grip. Self-loaded silicone baits can be attributed to some extent to the family of balancers, except that instead of the tail rudders they have a vibro-tail blade, which vibrates seductively during the free fall of the bait, attracting a predator.

Now many companies offer enthusiasts of plumbing in open water very catchy silicone baits, especially made of Japanese "rubber". They can be used both in combat and in non-engaging versions, which is very important when fishing in cluttered places, which is a common occurrence on our Russian rivers. Personally, when I started to master soft baits when fishing in a plumb line, I lost many of them. But now I clearly know that when fishing in snag or other strong places you should resort to “unhooked”. This is especially true for fishing in reservoirs that provide large cities with drinking water. Lead cargo left on driftwood weighing 30-50 g is not the best option in environmental terms. In general, let's fish so as to cause minimal harm to the pond.

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Loose or Avoiding Hooks

It often happens that the summer season has just begun, and on the account of the spinning player there are already several dozen spinning baits left on snags. In addition, expensive, which significantly affects the affordability. But you can make your own hooks yourself so that they easily pass “strong” places and reliably catch fish. At one time, there were a lot of lures and jig heads on sale, in which the sting of hooks were protected with the help of elastic steel "mustaches". But, as practice has shown, such wire protection dramatically increases the number of empty bites, especially if the mouth of the fish is hard, such as, for example, a pike perch. Where is the way out?

To begin with, I recommend to master the two most simple and effective ways to protect the bait from hooks. As you know, most oscillating spinners are equipped with tees. And this means that in the “strong” places your “trophies” are more likely to be snags than fish. The way out is simple. You need to remove the tee and instead put a single hook, the size of which should correspond to the size of the spinner. Then you will need a piece of rigid monofilament with a diameter of 0.30-0.45 mm and cambric. The ends of the fishing line, folded in half, you need to skip into the ring of the hook and overflow with a loop. Insert the loose “antennae” into the cambric and pull it over the sting of the hook, and then cut off the excess ends of the fishing line. Protection is ready. In addition to it, you can tie a bright fly, for example, of red or yellow nylon fibers or fur, on a hook.

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In this way, oscillating and rotating spinners, twisters, vibration tails and even wobblers can be protected from hooks. The second way is to protect the lures with a twister. In this case, the hook tip is inserted into the body of the twister, but does not go out a bit. The twister is considered an active bait and serves as an additional irritant for the predator during posting. Some experienced spinningists, equipping a single shallow twist hook, use only the back of the twister with a tail. More opportunities for protection against hooks are provided by soft baits made of silicone and foam rubber. This is primarily a tooling using offset hooks, such as the Texas Tooling or the Carolina Tooling, both of American origin.

As for the foam rubber fish, in recent years I have been successfully using the single-hook free hook option. His sting hides in a cut along the upper ledge, imitating the dorsal fin of a fish. At the same time, at the time of cutting, the hook tip easily enters the mouth of the predator. In the same way, you can equip a silicone fish-twister, scallop twister and other soft baits having a top ledge.

author: Kazantsev V.
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