On small and medium-sized reservoirs
Small dams, forest lakes, bays of large rivers are the most typical types of such reservoirs. As a rule, they have rather dense coastal vegetation, and the main water surface remains free. The most interesting places for catching a predator on such bodies of water are the edge on the border of coastal algae. If the reservoir has a complex bottom topography, then sharp drops in depths with shelters for a predator are also of interest to a spinning player. A medium-sized wobbler with a stable play and selected for the specific depth of the reservoir, an ideal bait for such conditions. Moreover, the depths in small reservoirs rarely exceed 3-4 m, and on grassy edges they do not exceed 2 m at all. The wobbler is chosen so that it goes in the bottom layers, half a meter from the bottom. When fishing for the grassy edge, it is advisable to experiment using baits that work at different depths to determine the horizon of the predator’s camp.
On large bodies of water
Finding a predator here takes the lion’s share of the fishing time. If the fish is in the coastal area or along the bays, then you can successfully use the same baits as on small lakes. But most often the predator prefers to stay on the underwater edges and in places where there are bottom shelters. As a rule, in such places the depths are from 3 to 8 m, and in some places even more. But from my own experience, I want to say that a predator, with the possible exception of pike perch, is extremely rare at depths of more than 10 m. In such conditions, deep wobblers with large blades or sinking bladeless ones are most effective. On large rivers, because of the vast water area, the tactics of fishing on the “path” are used. In this case, large special wobblers are used.
About the colors of the wobbler
The color of the wobbler, which should be preferred, largely depends on the time of day you are going to fish. When fishing at dawn, for example, you should use bright but natural colors. Wobblers with a glowing effect are also very effective in such conditions. During rain, in low cloud cover, a bright, shiny bait can create a “mood” for the predator, and he will decide to grasp. In clear weather, in dazzling sun, lures of calm colors, up to matte and black, work better.
It is equally bad for catching predatory fish if the water is very cloudy or, conversely, crystal clear. In the first case, the fish does not see the bait, in the second it sees too well. In muddy water, the probability of a bite on a wobbler is extremely small. However, if you put a luminescent yellow or red bait, the probability of a bite will increase significantly. In contrast, in clear water, lures of muted tones are usually used. Often, in order to seduce a cautious predator, it is necessary to use transparent wobblers, which have appeared recently.
When choosing the color of the bait, it is imperative to take into account the external similarity of the wobbler with the fish living in the reservoir, which make up the main diet of the predator. The more accurately you repeat the shape and color of the main hunting object of the local predator, the more “loyal” it will be to your bait. In fairness, it should be noted that in practice, sometimes all this does not look so simple. Recently, in central Russia, for example, wobblers with poisonous green, yellow and red-orange colors have become widespread and successfully used. So experiment a bit more with the catchy color for your pond.
In my opinion, the emergence of colorings with a holographic effect is one of the main inventions of Japanese companies in recent years. The main feature of the holographic effect is to give the bait a more natural look. The predator’s eye perceives the game of a wobbler with holography as the agony of a dying fish. Well, can you resist here!
Simulation of food items
So, you have selected the desired color of the bait, but it is equally important that its shape and size mimic the main food fish of the predator. The main objects of hunting for predators in the Middle Lane are small crucian carp, gorchak, bleak and roach. The predator less willingly consumes ruff, perch and juveniles of other fish. In any body of water, a trifle is almost always visible, allowing you to navigate which shape of the wobbler to choose. The size of the bait largely depends on the fishing conditions. As a rule, in the spring they use smaller baits and increase their size by autumn, as the fry grows. In Russia, the most widespread are wobblers 5-9 cm long. When fishing for a solid predator, baits from 9 to 16 cm long are more effective, larger ones are rather exotic and are rarely used.
Each model of the wobbler has a strictly defined game, which can only be changed by reducing or increasing the speed of wiring. The slower you drive the wobbler, the lazier it rolls from side to side. With an increase in wiring speed, the frequency of the wobbler’s vibration increases. Each new wobbler should be tested to find the optimum drive speed. The predator perceives the bait with the help of sight, hearing and a sense organ peculiar only to fish – the lateral line, which catches fluctuations in the aquatic environment. It is no coincidence that most modern wobblers are equipped with acoustic systems.
Most often these are sets of metal balls that fill the voids of the bait. Some wobblers are equipped with membranes. A number of companies use various electrical effects, but such wobblers, in my opinion, do not fish, but gullible anglers. By itself, the noise effect, of course, affects the bite, luring the predator. In particular, the effectiveness of such wobblers increases at depth and in poor visibility, allowing the predator to detect it due to the sound emitted by the bait.