Ten questions about jigs. Part 2

It is somehow hard to believe that the bait is capable of attracting fish without any play. Maybe it would be better if you fold the jig, add a twister to the tee, or do something else in the same spirit?

The question of playing the bait is of much greater concern to the angler than to the fish. This applies to a wide variety of spinning lures, and therefore, as experience shows, those of them that have an “enticing” game, for this reason alone, are sold out faster. From this point of view, the pilkers are the original outsiders, since they really do not have games in our usual sense of the word. On uniform wiring, the jig drags almost without any hesitation, not to mention more complex variants of movements, at the moments of stops the jig falls almost vertically down with a stake …

The desire to add attractiveness to the pilker, even if it is subjective, is understandable. I myself once tried to take some steps in this direction: I glued feathers, a classic lead jig, to the Yukker tee, and bent it across. Then I came to the conclusion that nothing of the kind was worth doing. Pilker in its emphatically primitive form, which does not even have a hint of play, this is the ideal spinner of this class.

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If you are still haunted by the idea of ​​making the jig to some extent actively playing, I can advise you on the following option. A metal “plate” with a hole in the center is taken – these are sometimes used in tandem with other types of lures – and mounted in front of the jig, as shown in the figure. The diameter of this disc is 2.5-3 cm. On the wiring, such a structure vibrates so intensely that any need to look for any other ways to enhance the game disappears by itself. The fish is caught, but I cannot say that it is better than without a “plate”. In general, the “plate” deserves interest, but, in my opinion, it is better in harness not with a jig, but with other types of lures. But more on this – another time.

Jigsaw in combination with other baits – how justified is it?

In this case, we are, of course, talking about spaced baits. This is exactly the area where jigs are very strong. Asp option: jig + wabik, or perch: jig + several wabiks – all this is very effective. It is especially worth mentioning about the perch “train”, when three (this is the optimal amount) twister or wabik are located on short leashes in front of the jig. The “train”, when we fish in “boilers”, mows down perch in huge quantities. The main thing is to remember the nuances of fishing technique: when one perch sits down, do not drag it right away, but give it a little walk, then a few more “striped” ones will have time to hang on the hooks. It is the jig, as practice shows, that is the best final bait for the “train”. As for some other combinations of lures with a jig, here it is more likely no than yes. Although I have had experience of effective use of a light “turntable” located directly on the line (ie, without the leash coming out to the side) half a meter in front of the jig. The asp came across.

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Is it worth making a non-hook from a jig, and if so, how?

Jigs are not intended for fishing in snags or rocks. After all, we mainly fish with lures of this type either in the water column, or on a clean bottom, which is typical for natural lakes and watering of reservoirs. And where there is a pile of logs, branches, etc., it is better to use foam rubber with pressed hooks, offset and something like that. Theoretically, for the sake of all-pervasiveness, it is possible to equip the jig with an offset hook with “rubber” or put a tee with protective wires, but I did not do that myself. If you really want to – try it. Maybe there will be some sense.

The jig is a long bait, and there is only one tee. Shouldn’t you hang an additional one – on the front winding ring?

Definitely not worth it. It’s not athletic (although I don’t like the word), and it doesn’t give the expected effect. There is such a concept as “bite quality”. The bottom line is that when a predator is aggressive, its bites are such that their efficiency is almost 100% – almost regardless of whether the bait is equipped with hooks, but when “non-Aryan” bites follow over and over again, the fish rarely sits down, and that seems somewhat illogical , the number of fish caught depends only slightly on the number of hooks. However, this is the case. Baggritsa here more often, but you need it? So the fact that the jig has one tee and is located at its end is absolutely normal. In most cases, the predator grabs the jig exactly where the tee hangs.

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The color of tarnished lead is probably not the most attractive to a predator. What is better – to paint or paste over the jig with reflective film?

We have already spoken about the frequency of questions about color more than once. They also said that there was a minimum of real sense to pay attention to him. Yes, most of the jigs from the assortment of various companies are either dyed or pasted over with a reflective film, or, the third option, are first painted, then covered with a thin transparent plastic sheath. But this is done almost exclusively for commercial purposes. More precisely, there are sometimes other purposes – for example, for fishing at great depths, a special paint absorbs ultraviolet light and emits light in the visible part of the spectrum, which makes the jig more noticeable to the predator. But this is more and more for the sea.

Interestingly, of those jigs that are sold in our stores and which I have caught most and most successfully in the last few years, there is one very inexpensive, made in the form of a lead bar painted with gray paint. By the way, you can see his photo in the July issue of the “Fish with us” magazine. Curious, isn’t it? Gray – on gray, but asp with perches “kills”, as rarely any other. So don’t be overwhelmed by the question of finding a “magic” color.

author: Konstantin Kuzmin
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