I have to fish in a strong current. What models of “turntables” work best in such conditions?
Everyone probably knows the general rule: in stagnant water it is better to use “spinners” with rounded petals, in the current – spinners with “Long” geometry petals. However, not everything is so simple here. In river fishing for chub and trout, the “upstream” method is often used, in which the spinning player moves along the bank or forts upstream, casting the bait in front of him. Accordingly, during the posting, the bait goes with the flow. In this case, it is precisely those lure models that are recommended more for stagnant or slowly flowing water – Aglia, Comet, etc.
If the main direction of casting is across the stream, and the drive is a combination of drift and slow reeling, then the best models will be Aglia Long, Whisper or something similar. In the case when the spoon has to be led mostly against a strong stream, even Mepp’s “Long”, in its classic performance, may turn out to be far from ideal. Here you can go by increasing the weight of the load or use one of the relatively rare models of “spinners”, designed primarily for fishing with guidance against a strong stream. From what I have tried, the Mosca Graffy spinners and the Aglia Long version with a weighted core that appeared a year ago proved to be the best in this situation.
What are triple zeros?
Any kind of fishing has its extremes. Here is the “triple zero” – this is the size of the spoon less than the “smallest”, which among the mass produced lures is determined by the “double zero” from Mepps and the corresponding size by the “spinner” Panther Martin. Since a proportional decrease in the “spinner” of the “Aglia” type leads to a decrease in its weight to fractions of a gram, such a spoon becomes unsuitable for full-fledged spinning fishing of even the lightest class. Therefore, for “triple zeros” a design with a weight-head is more characteristic than with a weight on the rod. The weight-head allows you to get a stably working turntable with a petal 8-10 mm long, with a total weight of up to 1.5 g. Instead of the usual petal on “triple zeros” propellers are often used. They are more reliable in their rotation and give a significantly higher number of bites when it comes to catching bleak – perhaps the main one of those objects that lures of this class are aimed at.
How justified is the maximum increase in the size of the “turntable”?
If we are talking about one extreme, let’s say a few words about the opposite extreme. Moreover, a large part of the questions directly or indirectly concerns macro-baits. Mepp’s Musky Killer and Giant Killer are far from the limit in this context. In America, where hunting for trophy pike is a kind of national fishing cult, special “turntables” are successful, the weight of which is from 50 g and above, and the petal size, if we continue the standard line of Aglia spinners or the like, corresponds to the eighth to ninth number. Fifteen years ago, I experimented with homemade spoons of almost the same size. Regarding the great chances of catching trophy pikes, I can’t say anything – I caught all my “crocodiles” (from 5 kg and more) not on “macro-turntables”, and not on “turntables” in general.
But here “laces” weighing about half a kilo on especially large spinners came across only as a rare exception – this is a fact. For comparison, “Aglia” of the fifth issue, they bite so that this size does not seem too big for them. If you are interested in macro turntables, keep in mind that they cannot be combined with spinning reels. The frontal resistance is such that the thrust of even the 400th Shvonder may not be enough. In previous years, I solved the problem with the help of the “Nevskaya” coil. Now, for the same purpose, it would be logical to use a powerful classic “cartoon”.
Turntables with two petals – do they provide any advantage?
In my opinion, none. Unlike paired petals on many spinnerbaits, where there is motivation for this, supported by many years of positive experience in using such baits, in this case it makes sense to talk only about a marketing move. If the design of a “turntable” – a tandem in principle exists, then the inclusion of such a model in the assortment range allows you to achieve an additional percentage of sales. What many firms use.
Where is the fake, and where is the original?
The issue of fakes in the fishing lures market is becoming more and more urgent every year. There are forgeries, well, very “obscene”, but they are easy to recognize with the naked eye: if “LADY Cicada” appears on the backing of the “turntable”, then this, of course, is not LADY and not “Cicada”. But recently I was shown a pair of Super Vibrax lures, brought from the homeland of Confucius, and I, I confess, experienced a lot of difficulties, aiming to find clear signs that distinguish them from the real ones. And the price ratio, by the way, was about one to four …
To be honest, I would not completely shy away from spinners of dubious origin, if they are offered at a bargain price. However, it often happens that “left” spinners are sold as real and at the price of real ones. This is already pure crime, but in our country it still passes. The problem of counterfeiting is sometimes also attributed to the practice adopted by many second-tier firms of embodying the ideas of leading firms in their spinners. Konger, for example, lives on this. Such “borrowing” can be treated in different ways. But in general, they have a right to exist, and if you are not satisfied with the bite on the “turntable” from the Konger or Wirek company, it does not automatically mean that the original “Colonel” or “Aglia” would be better biting. The root cause here, as a rule, lies in a completely different plane.
author: Konstantin Kuzmin
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