About turntables that really work

There are a lot of different turntables on the shelves of stores, but most of them are of Asian origin and are copies of famous models. It is not difficult to copy the appearance of a spoon, but there are many other factors, including the thickness of the petal and the material it is made of. This is the main difference between products from China. There is no talk of any non-ferrous metals, and replacing the metal immediately changes the mass of the petal, and it refuses to start, even with complete external similarity. However, this is only one of the problems. A lot of subtle little things in the design of the spoon also matter, ignoring which often completely kills the bait. Therefore, the conversation will not be about copies, but about the original models, which are worth having in your arsenal. If you look closely, there are not so many of them today.

MEPPS VS BLUE FOX

One of the most popular spinners among domestic spinners is the Aglia Long with a white petal. It is produced by the French company Mepps. Lure sizes # 1 and # 1 + are probably some of the best options for catching perch. Many people use this spoon as a starting point when they first get to know the reservoir. Aglia # 2 works well on pike. This is really a working lure that catches fish steadily. In my opinion, the only drawback is the low quality of the tees. Aglia Long lures are relatively light: No. 2 weighs 7 g. It is well suited for fishing the horizon up to one and a half meters from the surface, although it does not fly well. Longs were originally designed for current fishing, but they work very well in stagnant water as well.

Here the usual Aglia is practically not inferior to Longs in terms of catching power, but it has its own peculiarities. She has a wide petal, which, due to the high drag, makes the spoon go noticeably higher at the same winding speed. For this reason, the lure is well suited for fishing over thickets of grass. These spinners now cost about 100-120 rubles. However, on sale you can often find exactly the same-looking bait, but much cheaper. Unfortunately, as the popularity of spinners grows, so does the number of its fakes. Although longs with white petals are the most popular, I, however, have repeatedly been convinced that copper or brass works more efficiently on small models # 00-0.

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I must say that the big advantage of small Aglia Long is that they are easy to start, which in this size class can not boast of all Mepps series. For example, an Aglia with a fly on a hook does not start well at small sizes, and some anglers remove the fly. I think, by the way, that the flies themselves on the tee, spinners act more on the angler than on the fish. A red cambric or a bright bead just in front of the tee is usually sufficient to increase catchability. A fly on a tee often helps a bad lure, but it only interferes with a good one.

The second most popular spinner is Blue Fox’s Vibrax. Their petal shape is practically the same comet used by Mepps. A distinctive feature is a metal bell, the so-called acoustic weight, the sounds of which, according to the assurances of the manufacturers, attract fish very well. These spinners cost around 130-200 rubles, depending on the size and model. Recently, the company has many other petal options, but, in my opinion, in terms of efficiency, the classic Vibrax with a white petal is still out of competition.

Many spinners have noticed that these lures often catch slightly worse than Mepps, although the petals work well, at least starting from size # 1. The fact is that the Vibrax, although lighter than similar sized mapps, goes deeper due to its shape. It happened to me more than once that if according to the fishing conditions the lure had to go deep enough, Blue Fox won against Mepps. If, on the contrary, the fish were near the surface, Mepps won.

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FOR THE NORTH AND FOR THE SOUTH

Many drew attention to the fact that spinners produced in northern countries and developed for local reservoirs are less effective in the south than in the north. The same Vibrax is practically not used on Akhtuba or on the Krasnodar estuaries, and in the Murmansk region it is the number one bait. Among the spoons that have shown themselves well in northern water bodies, Myran spoons occupy a special place. This is a fairly specific lure designed for fishing in strong currents. Thanks to the heavy core, it flies very far, holds the stream well and is quite suitable for fishing from the shore. However, she also has a congenital flaw – bad hooks. Spoons cost Myran 240-260 rubles.

Daiwa’s Silver Creek is a great option in southern waters when fishing on the current, especially with a long cast. This lure also has a heavy fish-shaped core. It is produced both with an elongated petal and with a wide, rounded one. Spoons weigh 3-9 grams and cost about 300 rubles on average. Expensive, considering that the bait is still a consumable. Heavier ones have appeared recently, up to 15 grams, but they are even more expensive. Silver Creek is very well suited for schooling bass when it needs to be reached from a long distance. Unlike other spinners, the tees on this spinner are very sharp, although somewhat small. The disadvantage is a very weak winding ring on the tee.

HANDMADE

A separate group is made up of various handmade lures. Unfortunately, most of them are assembled from ready-made parts, often of very low quality, or even completely unusable. For example, they put ready-made petals, originally intended for spinnerbaits. As part of the turntable, they simply do not start, although they look like they are quite workable. The same applies to the various impellers and propellers. Another trick is to equip the lure you have collected with a good Owner tee, often with a fly attached to it. The price in this case jumps up to 300 rubles.

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Silver spinners can rightfully be attributed to the number of really working hand-made spinners. The petal is made by hand from sheet cupronickel. It is polished, but due to the peculiarities of the metal, the shiny surface does not scare away fish, but attracts. Regardless of the size – and these spinners are produced in ten weights from 5 to 23 grams – they start up almost instantly. This is very helpful when fishing for asp in cauldrons. A regular lure needs some mileage to start working normally, and the bait has time to leave the hunting zone. Silver, instantly turned on, causes a grip literally when it hits the water.

The bait almost never overwhelms the line – the tee simply does not reach it, and thanks to the asymmetric weight, it does not twist the line, unlike all kinds of Devons. Silver is equipped with Mustad tees. The hooks are not the strongest, although they are quite sharp. Silver spinners cost an average of 150-160 rubles. Many, but not so many, given their effectiveness. Spinners today are far from the peak of popularity, although they continue to fish successfully. However, interest in them is starting to grow. The predator learns quickly and often refuses to take even the most sophisticated wobblers. This process is clearly visible in trout ponds, where turntables are gradually coming out on top in terms of efficiency.

Roman BUTUZOV