The name “jigs” is somewhat confusing. We use jigs to catch haddock at our seaside, and it’s somehow difficult to get used to using the same word for fresh water baits. Is it better to use some other term?
Indeed, the word “pilkep” in its basic meaning is used as the name of the lure for sea fishing in a plumb line, mainly cod fish. The fact that the name passed to spinning lures can be explained very simply: the lightest of marine jigs (and this weighs from an ounce to one and a half) are directly used in our spinning fishing. At the same time, lures of smaller weights, similar in their proportions, which are already intended purely for spinning in fresh water, began to be called jigs. So in the absence of another term, we use the one that stuck.
Can Castmaster, Hopkins, etc. be classified as “jigs”?
As with many other classes of spinning lures, you can consider two options for understanding what jigs are – narrow and extended. In a broader sense, perhaps. “Hopkins” with “Castmasters” and fall into the same company with jigs, especially the long and narrow version of “Hopkins”, but it is still better not to mix one with the other, since in their properties and application features all these spinners are somewhat different from jigs. A classic jig is an elongated “blank” with welded-in wire loops at the ends. Proportions: length to width – about 6: 1, width to thickness – about 2: 1. Or something close. For example, often the last ratio is generally 1: 1 – this is when the jig has a round, square or hexagonal cross-section. By the way, many spinners of the “cut” type (that is, made according to the principle of “Castmaster”) fit well into the “jig” proportions – this is if, for example, you take a relatively thin bar and cut off the spinner blanks from it at a steeper angle and with a larger step …
The classic “Castmaster” is made of brass, and they say there is a deep meaning in this, and the jigs are mostly lead. Maybe you shouldn’t save on more expensive non-ferrous materials?
As for the deep meaning of the choice in the case of “Castmaster”, it is brass that is a moot point. In addition, some spinning players prefer “Castmasters” not made of brass or iron (Chinese), but they are cast just from lead. This definitely has its own simple and understandable meaning. The tradition of casting jigs from lead is mainly due not to the cheapness of this option, but to the fact that at sea it is important that the bait reaches depth faster. For us, spinningists, this property is far from being of paramount importance, but the best throwing qualities of a lead jig in comparison with a brass one are already more significant. However, both the range and the speed of sinking – often this does not play any important role, and then jigs made of metal with a lower specific gravity are at least no worse. And for small perch jigs – this is generally in the order of things.
In some old book I read about the fact that the perch is well caught by spinning (i.e., casting) on bar spoons intended for sheer spinning. To what extent does this correspond to the truth and is relevant now?
I also remember information of this kind from one of the authors of the middle of the last century. Then I came across a German book, which described fishing for perch with a Jucker spoon, which was a piece of a hexagonal metal bar, ground off along the edges on a cone, like a pencil. According to our current classification, it was just a mini-jig. I made a couple of such lures and really caught perches with them, sometimes very successfully. So the note from the old almanac, obviously, had the most real reasons. At least those of the steep lures that have a squared shape are very close to the Yukker, and, in all likelihood, can be caught with a spinning rod just as effectively.
As for the relevance of such baits in our time, it should be noted that my experience of fishing on the “Jukker” refers mainly to the “dojig era”, when we did not know the “rubber” yet, and almost exclusively pike perch and pike were caught on foam rubber … Later, the most unpretentious twister on a jig head won a significant part of their “living space” from the Juker and similar spinners. Significant, but not all. A mini-jig with the same weight as a soft jig lure flies farther and is more justified when searching for dispersed flocks of perch on lakes and reservoirs. Therefore, I often use the mini-jig in the role of a “scout” – with its help I find a flock of “striped” ones with fan casts, then I approach it and catch perches with a twister or a wobbler.
Jig wiring methods: optimal and alternative?
The animation method recommended for Ucker is indicative. The name itself can be translated as “racehorse”. Accordingly, the technique of posting involves the jumps of the bait, which are mainly achieved by twitching the tip of the spinning rod and choosing the slack of the fishing line with the reel. This is very similar to the “non-Russian” way of jigging. He is “non-Russian” because that is how they catch jig in America and some European countries, but not here. In the case when we catch perch and not with a “soft” jig, but with a mini-jig, this technique works very well in most cases. In principle, you can fish with our classic “step”, but this is more when fishing is carried out at the very bottom, and perch is often caught in half water, and there it is already more effective posting with twitching or such an irregular “step” when the spoon is led with stops of different duration swinging the tip of a spinning rod, etc. It is better to catch pike perch and bersh on a jig with a purely classic pubic jig wiring. But with asp, options are possible: either it is a traditional for this predator uniform tracking at high speed (this is most often the case when fishing with a splash), or a “step” in the water column, especially effective in spring and autumn, as well as in deep “boilers” …
author: Konstantin Kuzmin
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