We don’t live in refined England. Therefore, our hunters shoot with lead shot, and we, fishermen, use the same moderately toxic metal as sinkers. So it was, is and, I suppose, will be – in the foreseeable future for sure. And the next ten questions will not lose their relevance for those interested in jig fishing.
Nowadays, many people prefer to fish with a “eared” weight on “rubber”. Is the age of the jig head going to end soon?
The role of the jig-head that came from the Zapala in due time has really decreased these days. “Ushastik” allows you to throw further, other things being equal, and makes it possible to use the same weight in combination with different hooks – by size and type: tee, double, single, including offset. The latter is perhaps even more important, since on the spot very often it is necessary to manipulate types of jig lures: “hook” – “non-hook”, with a large one, for a pike, a hook, with a small one – for a perch …
At the same time, I would not say that the role of the jig head will completely disappear. It is more justified in an ultralight jig. In addition, the jig head allows you to quickly mount a “non-hook” from the most common set – yourself and a simple rubber bait. There is, however, an opinion that due to the rigidity of the structure, there are more descents from the jig head, since at some positions relative to the jaw of the fish (pike and pike perch in the first place) it acts as a lever, and the hook “rips out”. However, in practice, this does not happen often. More, in my opinion, the opposite circumstance is important: a jig head gives a higher percentage of effective undershoots, in comparison with a single on a movable joint. Therefore, the overall efficiency of bites (for hooking and playing) is even higher with it. In previous years, we had the right to make complaints about the quality of jig head hooks. Now, in Moscow at least, this problem is a thing of the past. The choice of heads with quality hooks is quite acceptable. Of course, such heads are more expensive, but the price difference is justified here.
So which heads are better – Owner or Gamakatsu?
When we talk about quality jig head hooks, we primarily mean the hooks of these two Japanese firms. The difference in working properties between them is as follows. The Owner fits more easily into the hard jaw of the fish, so heads with these hooks are more appropriate when fishing for zander. At the same time, if the bait is put on such a head in the “non-hook” type, the cutting edges of the sting make too large a hole in the rubber, and therefore the sting strives to open, thereby increasing the likelihood of hook and loss of the bait. For non-hooks, it is best to use Gamakatsu hook heads for this reason.
How justified is a shape other than purely spherical for “eared” sinkers?
In general, the shape of the “eared” weight plays a small role, but still it should not be completely ignored. Before, I cast the weights myself, and it happened that, without calculating the amount of lead, instead of a ball, I received its half, in which the lower hemisphere was missing. Comparing such a load in operation with a similar in weight, but strictly round, it was impossible not to notice that the bait with a hemispherical head hangs longer due to the greater resistance of the lower flat surface. In a number of situations, this property gives a positive effect, therefore, such “eared” sinkers, and, moreover, even more flattened, horizontally oriented, are highly desirable in your box. In the store, of course, you will hardly find such, but you can also modify more familiar weights in the right direction. Take an ordinary “eared”, put it “ears” down on a layer of something soft (rags, for example) and with a few hammer blows flatten the bottom surface. With some skill, everything turns out quickly and beautifully.
My friend, who has been fishing with foam rubber for thirty years, always paints the sinkers black. What for?
Indeed, among the “first wave” foam polishers, it was customary to paint lead sinkers – either black or dark green. Therefore, some people continue to do this even now. Several years ago I managed to catch a foam rubber of that very original species from Ozerna. She got into the reservoir, of course, not in the 70s, but relatively recently, but her owner, it seems, very meticulously followed the traditions of that period. Tellingly, traces of green varnish have been preserved on the “eared” weight. I myself do not have exhaustive reasons to state unequivocally that the weight of the foam rubber dyed in a dark color increases the number of bites, or, on the contrary, it does not affect this indicator in any way. At the same time, I myself am guided by the latter, despite the fact that I treat with due attention and respect the experience of catching foam rubber of the older generation.
And what should you do about painted heads in general? They say, after all, that in them not so goose fangs get stuck?
If the head is covered with a layer of hard and non-crumbling varnish, then, indeed, even zander fangs do not care for them. Only this is a plus or a minus, you cannot say for sure. Still, even now, in the age of braided lines and “ringing” rods, the role of soft lead as an indicator of “dubious” bites cannot be denied. After suspicious contacts, (and sometimes for no particular reason), we examine the head, and often we find fresh teeth marks on it. I would not say that the fangs of the pike perch get stuck in the lead and that this is why a significant part of the bites does not end in our favor. In some (very rare) cases – maybe, but still there is no system in this. Do I need to remind you that a painted head is more expensive?
Sometimes, however, a topic is raised related to a specific color of the head – in a slightly different way than mentioned above (about black and green weights for foam rubber). In most of these cases, we are talking about fishing for perch, and the colors appear in lemon yellow and hot pink. I have no relevant observations myself, but from several people, experienced and adequate spinning players, I have heard that the “rubber” on heads of such bright colors in standing water gave a significantly better result when compared with the same “rubber” on unpainted heads. Here I am in the “no comments” position. In other words, check it out for yourself if you’re interested.
author: Konstantin Kuzmin
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