Fishing on Mormobles

Mormobles is a lure that is almost unknown to most fishermen in Central Russia, only those who regularly catch pike perch and bersh from the ice are “in the spotlight”. And although these lures are well known to fishermen of the Middle Volga and Kama, few people use them regularly. The reason is, first of all, in the absence of factory products. All mormobless are made handicraft, and the “products” that are usually sold in stalls and on the market under this name are more variations on the theme of the pike perch jig. Another reason is the almost complete lack of information in the fishing literature on the use of this bait. I will try to fill this gap.

For many decades, pike perch fishing on the Volga and Kama was carried out mainly on handicraft jigs: metal teardrop-shaped items from 3 to 7 cm long and weighing from 5 to 30 g with a powerful single hook. They still regularly catch pike perch and bersh. Previously, a worm or a strip of fresh lard was planted on the hook, now cutting sprat is widely used as a nozzle. Today, Chinese factory-made jigs, coated with a phosphor, are especially popular among the people. Winter pike perch spoons were also made handicraft. You can always find old drawings of these lures in the manuals for catching walleye, and there are many of them on the Internet. Now it makes no sense to spend time and money on the manufacture of such lures: they are morally outdated, since they are intended only for no-nozzle fishing. And the pike perch has become much smaller, it has “grown wiser”, is accustomed to eating sprat and is caught on empty spoon only in short periods of maximum feeding activity.

In fact, pike perch jig and spoon bait are completely different lures. The lure has a distinct game of its own and is capable of pulling fish from a greater distance. At the same time, a predominantly active predator is caught. The jig is a passive bottom game bait. Its main task is to seductively feed the bait in order to attract a sluggish predator. In the wilderness, a jig is preferable to a spoon. There are more bites on it, but during periods of a short-term increase in feeding activity, the spoon is able to collect and “persuade” many times more pike perch, and much larger, to bite. Mormobles, as the name implies, is the golden mean, two in one, an attempt to cross a spoon and a jig in one bait, capable of collecting fish from a long distance and persuading a passive predator to bite. An experienced fisherman will ask the question: “What about the balancers?” Mormobles is also horizontally suspended, has a prowling horizontal game. At the same time, the advantages of balancers are obvious: a huge number of various shapes, sizes and color options and the ability to choose from the cheapest rootless to expensive ones from famous brands. Pike perch is very partial to balancers, although they do not live long: a plastic tail falls off under the fangs of a large pike perch.

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At the Kuibyshev reservoir, the craze for balancers quickly subsided. And the point here is not in the mentality of the fishermen and not in the predilections of fish, but in the conditions of fishing. Firstly, the balancer is the number one bait for relatively shallow areas. If fishing is carried out at a depth of 14-18 m, it is difficult to achieve stable play from the balance bar, and the presence of the current kills it completely. Secondly, pike perch is accustomed to sprat, and hooking even small pieces of cutting on hooks immediately knocks the game down, turning the balance beam into a large painted jig. Passive pike perch often ignores the balancer, and if it is caught, then by the chin or gill cover, that is, it pushes up. Mormoblesses catch “honestly”, as they are created to work in such conditions.

An example from my own experience. Volga, deep winter, in the morning a short-term exit of the test pike perch at six meters near the dump. The light gliding lure “fulfilled” the norm of five kilograms. By 9:30 am, fish activity decreases sharply. The comrade who catches next to the balancer does not see the bites for an hour and hangs up the jig. I switch to jigs and, at the very least, continue to catch small things up to half a kilogram. The bites are sluggish, indistinct, the jig works a little better. By 13:00, the predator got up: it stopped responding to any kind of bait. I constantly overdrill, change lures, search in the lower part of the stump and at depth. A jig with a phosphor for 10-15 minutes of playing on the hole persuades one or two fish for weak bites, after which it is necessary to develop a new hole, moving ten meters to the side. I put a mormobless – and immediately a confident bite follows, followed by a second, third. I go through the old holes and everywhere I go catch one or two fish. Exit started? I put a proven spoon – the holes are silent.

This case is not an isolated one. It is very convenient to look for fish in the wilderness with Mormobles, it is convenient to fish in the current, where it has few competitors at all. He loses to the spoon only at the pace of catching active fish. I know many fishermen who fish only with Mormobles, and they are very successful, but with one caveat: it must be “correct”.

Which Mormobless is considered “correct”? The products that are sold under this name in stalls on the market differ little from ordinary jigs. In general, any pike perch jig, after replacing a single hook with a suspended tee, becomes a mormoble. Such a bait is related to an additional degree of freedom and independent play of a tee with a nozzle. By changing the position of the center of gravity of the flat jig, you can achieve the appearance of an additional game in the horizontal plane. All of the above options for baits catch fish, and not bad, but they are unlikely to be able to collect it from a distance.

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The correct mormobless should be flat and light enough. A flat, horizontally suspended bait is unstable in the water. Her game resembles a coin thrown into the water. After the discharge, the mormobless, swaying from side to side, goes far to the side and smoothly returns under the hole, while the tee with the nozzle continues to move. If the center of gravity of the bait is slightly shifted back, additional yawing movements will appear, while oscillations around the longitudinal axis will also remain. In the course of the game, the game does not get lost, even in the absence of additional animation, the flat bait continues to move, attracting a predator. The pike perch always takes such mormobles with a blow, in the throat and only on a pause.

Where to get the right Mormobles? I’ll have to make it myself. But for a person familiar with a file and a soldering iron, this will not be difficult. Making any bait is an interesting, creative process, it itself gives pleasure. The fisherman believes in a hand-made piece of iron much more than in a purchased one. And this is already a lot. Experiments with curvature and centering, testing in a bath are steps towards understanding the correct animation, the ability to comprehend the work of the bait, to understand how it can meet the needs of a predator at a given time and place.

Any spinner with a symmetrical contour and a center of gravity shifted to the hook can become a preparation for mormobless – these are popularly called “boats”. It can be an unclaimed homemade product, and a factory lure, for example, the Fiord spoiler from Acme. Both a brass door hinge and a medical spatula will be used for the workpiece – the nickel alloy from which it is made is well processed and does not rust. The dimensions and contour of the workpiece, and therefore the weight, can vary. At the same time, the nature of the game also changes: from sweeping in relatively light and wide ones to shallow in heavy and narrow ones. The profile of the workpiece bend can also vary: a pronounced bend significantly limits the yawing movements of the mormobless, forcing it to go left and right.

So, from a strip of metal with a thickness of 2-3 mm with a hacksaw, we cut out the workpiece along the contour. On emery we round off the upper plane, and slightly reduce the tail in thickness. We give the necessary bend. We drill a hole and put on a tee through the winding ring. The secret to catching power lies in correct centering. We tie the workpiece with a tee across with a thick wet thread and, shifting the loop, we find the place where it is necessary to drill a hole for the suspension. A part of the forend of an inexpensive hook with a large ring for attaching a carabiner is soldered into this hole. The plane of the ring should be perpendicular to the longitudinal plane of the bait; bending the ring forward or backward, you can slightly change the trim of the mormobless. It remains to polish the bait on a felt circle and check its play in a container with water. Correctly suspended Mormobless has a tail trim of 25-35 degrees (before tulka replanting). This saves it from overlapping the line and causes a yaw motion forward when dropped. When adjusting the bait and achieving the desired roll, do not forget to put a couple of pieces of foam rubber on the hooks to simulate a nozzle. We remembered the nature of the bait game – and forward to the pond.

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Mormobless animation is conventionally divided into two phases. The spinner phase – smooth ascents up from the bottom up to 1.5 m and smooth – this is important – dumping: steps of different heights up and down with a mandatory pause of a couple of seconds at each stage. Throws and sudden movements during animation are contraindicated, otherwise the game becomes too aggressive and unpredictable. The jig phase – shaking, wiggling, knocking on the bottom, wiggling and pauses – all that attract a passive predator. In any case, a bite on mormobles occurs only on a pause; she is always sharp, with a punch. If there is confidence that the predator is below, but it does not start, the following technique helps out: after a series of slow swaying and wiggling, we sharply drop the bait down by 10-15 cm and then hold it for 5-7 seconds. At this point, a bite follows.

I recommend making several mormobless with different play: wide and light, heavy and narrow. This will allow you to pick up the key to the predator in different phases of its activity. Of the five self-made Mormobless, four are guaranteed to earn, and a couple will become real hits. Not only pike perch, but also pike respects the correct mormobless, especially in the shallows. True, there is a powerful competitor here – a balancer. There is a whole month of full-fledged ice fishing ahead. Try fishing with mormobles. I am sure you will not regret it!

Igor GOLISHCHENKO