Ten questions about vibrators. Part 1

Oscillating spoon can rightfully be called “the most popular spinning bait”. Fishermen of the deep Russian province, one might say, do not know other baits. And all our arguments about jigs, wobblers, spinnerbaits and other seemingly immutable attributes of modern spinning are for them, as it were, in another dimension. I have had seasons when about two-thirds of all the “tails” caught by the spinning rod were brought to me by “vibrators”. Now their corresponding share does not exceed fifteen to twenty percent. The regression is obvious, but of course I will never completely remove them from my bait boxes. And there are reasons for that: there is a situation in spinning when it is the “oscillator” that gives the maximum chances.

What is the reason for the fall in popularity of oscillating lures?

The technical capabilities of modern spinning, in contrast to the times of twenty and more prescription, make it possible to effectively use a variety of baits. If before fishing with small “turntables” and wobblers was very problematic – taking into account the thick lines and “condo” spinning rods and reels, it was difficult to both throw and carry out, now everything is simple with this. So it wasn’t a “shaker” that began to catch worse, but “competitors” received more favorable conditions for themselves. As for the main “competitor” of the oscillating spoon, the jig, then in the case of him we can indeed speak of a breakthrough. Jig, which many of us did not know until relatively recently, ousted the “shaker” from some areas, where in the past it was the dominant bait. But, which is characteristic, he was not ousted from everywhere.


Pike and goose – what is the difference?

The first difference is that nowadays pike is caught on the “shaker” much more often than pike perch. After all, pike fishing is all the time a mellow and grass, which is not the worst option for a “shaker”, but with a jig there, in its classic guise, there is nothing special to do. We almost always catch pike perch in conditions where the jig passes without problems … As for the geometric differences of the spoons, it is believed that the pike “spoons” are much wider than the zander ones. As a first approximation, I agree with this, but it is absolutely necessary to give comments here. The pike is almost equally eager to “eat” both wide and narrow spoons, like, for example, Toby. Pike perch does not react very well to wide “shakes”, but this does not apply to all, but to those of them that enter a spin on the wiring, and the span of this spin (deviation from the “axis” of the wiring) is ten or more centimeters. If the lure does not enter a wide spin, then even if it is wide by itself, the pike perch willingly takes it.

Is there any sense in thin metal “vibrators”?

Large oscillating lures, stamped from thin metal, are intended primarily for trolling. Casting is possible as an exception. Medium-sized lures (60-90 mm long) made of metal 1 mm thick or even less – these are basically spinning lures. With such a ratio of parameters, of course, there are problems with the range and accuracy of casts – even a “turntable” of the same weight with such a “shaker” is preferable in this sense. Therefore, conditions, for example, with a sharp wind, greatly limit our ability to catch light “oscillators”. Nevertheless, in some cases, it is these spinners that allow you to achieve the best results. About twenty years ago, I came to them by coincidence – I had at my disposal sheet brass of two standards – about a millimeter thick and about two. The latter was very difficult to cut with metal scissors, so I made most of my lures from thinner metal.

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At that time, I fished mainly on peat bogs and polders with characteristic depths of one and a half, and a thin “shaker” of pikes “killed” in huge quantities. The secret of the high efficiency of light baits is not only in slower wiring, but also in the ability to lead it even in the smallest (about half a meter) place with stops. Short-term (within half a second) stops of the bait provoke the pike to bite. On some days, when fishing in “zhabovniki”, more than three-quarters of the bites fall on these moments. The DAM company has a version of the Effzett “spoiler” of two “lobules” – two lures are superimposed on one another and fastened with winding rings. The stated meaning of this design is that the halves clink against each other and thereby attract a predator. I have no doubts that this idea is far-fetched, but if you halve the double spoon, you will get the two very light “spoons” that are so good at catching pike with a slow intermittent wiring.

Aluminum lures – is this possible?

It is possible, and often even advisable. The meaning of the “spur” made of aluminum is somewhat the same as that of thin iron or brass, but there is one important difference that makes an aluminum spoon preferable. With the same weight in the water and close aerodynamic parameters, the aluminum spoon is heavier in the air, so it is thrown further. I successfully used this circumstance when I was fishing for pike in shallow water on “Castmasters”, cut from an aluminum rod.

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How important are the nuances of geometry?

On the one hand, the “vibrator” is a simple product. Hence the everlasting popularity of “kondovye” spinners of the “Saturn” plant and the like. At least, it is difficult to justify why you have to pay four times more money for almost the same spoon, but worked out a little more accurately and passing under a more respectable brand. On the other hand, one cannot fail to notice that, often caused by very small differences in geometry, the behavior of the spoon bait affects the number of bites, and very noticeably. In the early 90s, I most of all caught the asp on domestic “rocking machines” of a projected shape – on “Playing”, “Udachnaya”, “Wonderful”. These spinners are indeed very similar in appearance, but they differ slightly in the range of oscillations and the characteristic horizon of the stroke.

The “playing”, for example, goes a little higher at the same speed. As a result, in some cases it gives a higher result, in others it is vice versa. Depending on the behavior of the asp, the ratio of bites can be up to three to one. In order to change the game of the “oscillator”, it is not necessary to change its geometry. There is a simple technique that allows you to get two from one spoon – with significantly different properties. It is enough just to turn the spoon back to front, swapping the tee and swivel. The result is a spoon with completely different playing parameters. Sometimes this rearrangement has a very good effect.

author: Konstantin Kuzmin
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