Once, on one of the fine Sunday days, I decided to walk through my treasured places. The Lower Moscow River was in its usual channel. Going up to the river, I saw that at those points where I used to fish, spinningists were already whipping with might and main. Some have not yet managed to remove their headlamps. What to do? Fish at this time is inactive. Trying to catch where they have already gone through several times is unpromising. In winter, it’s not the children who fish, but the experienced fishermen, after which there is no longer any chance of catching. I decided to go further – the picture is the same. All good places are caught, which is indicated by numerous tracks in the snow. The river is large, but there are not so many places of fish accumulation.
I didn’t catch anything that day. The whole way back analyzed the situation. How to deal with everyday pressure on ponds? Spinning is very popular in Russia, and you don’t have to rely on the fact that when you come ashore you will be there first. And then it dawned on me. You need to catch there, no one can get it. And if they can, then units. And then came the hour when I seriously began to engage in distant casting. Channel pits – that's the way out! The next day, going to the store, buying a long-range fishing rod, the right braid. In general, the whole week passed in creative torment, and now the long-awaited weekend. I did not go – I flew to my favorite place. The picture is the same. Dense snow, numerous anglers. He set the bait, cast, another – and now the first pike perch is already on the shore. This time the fishing went well.
But I still couldn’t catch many places – I didn’t get a little. It was then that the question arose about the technique of long casting and about the baits that allow this to be done. So what are these super-long-range baits, what qualities should they have, what are their distinguishing features? I will try to talk about my observations with specific examples. I have tried many memorable fishing lures, silicone and wobblers. The most volatile lures are “iron” with good aerodynamics. The higher the specific gravity of the material from which they are made, the better. These baits are compact, perfectly resist the whirlwind flows that occur during casting. The castmaster flies well, and we’ll talk about this bait, but speaking in general, perhaps pilkers in all their diversity are the best example of long-range baits.
But pilkers are different. For our purposes, we can divide all pilkers into two categories: with a shifted center of gravity and with a center of gravity in the middle of the baubles. Lures with a shifted center of gravity fly better and, most importantly, perfectly resist the side wind. But there is one “but” – this subspecies of baits is too heavy to “rise”, that is, it is problematic to conduct it in the surface layer of water. However, this, in principle, is resolvable if the wiring is selected correctly. The first thing to do during casting is to immediately remove the excess cord by braking at the end of casting. With this maneuver, you will kill two birds with one stone: remove the braid arc formed during casting and put the bait with a minimum splash. Thus, you will not frighten the asp, which, as you know, is notable for caution.
After casting, the bait will begin to sink rapidly. If the depth is great, there is nothing to worry about. But if your goal is to catch a shallow roll, then the second thing you need to do is to use a sharp movement of the rod to throw the bait, immediately choosing a cord. After this, you need to give a short pause, so that the bait plans a little, and make a secondary toss. During the second sub-throw, you can make several movements with a spinning rod so that the bait will scour. And again a pause with a fall. It is at this moment that bites occur. The intensity of such a toss-up wiring depends on the depth and speed of the current. All this is a bit like sheer gleaming, only from the shore.
How to cast these lures? I do it as follows. Release the bait no more than 40 cm from the tulip. Take the rod forward and slightly to the side. Swing and, without stopping the bait, sharply send it in the right direction. This cast can be compared to a whip. With this technique, the throwing energy of the spinner is maximum and it’s quite realistic to throw it on the coveted “weaving”. There is only one “but”: if the arrester’s bow is prone to self-closing, then you can’t avoid numerous shootings. The next type of bait is pilkers with a center of gravity in the middle. They, in turn, can be divided into two subspecies: having their own game and not having their own game.
The first subspecies includes, in particular, the custodian. The wiring of these lures is much more diverse than the wiring of pilkers with a shifted center of gravity. You can perform the usual uniform wiring, stepwise, with pauses, without pauses. In any case, this type of spinners will demonstrate certain movements that resemble the game of a fry. What kind of wiring to choose, there are no specific recommendations. You need to experiment until you get the desired result. Lures that do not have their own game are best caught according to the same pattern as pilkers with a shifted center of gravity. They need to be "thrown" and make all kinds of animations in the fall phase.
What unites baits with the center of gravity in the middle? All of them, although to varying degrees, are sensitive to wind and the slightest sticking of the cord. If you carefully look at the flight of these baits, you can see the following: the first half of the flight usually goes fine, and then the spinner begins to hang out, its speed is quickly lost, and the casting as a result is much shorter than expected. How to deal with it? With a wide castmaster, you can drill a hole in the front of the spinner. In order to avoid turbulence during wiring, this hole can be closed with a bead or filled with something light. For example, epoxy. The center of gravity of the spinner will shift to the tee, and you will get a spinner with a displaced center of gravity.
But this trick is not suitable for narrow spinners, therefore, it is possible to deal with their poor flying qualities only by casting technique. These spinners need to be dispersed. I release the spinner from the tulip by 1.5 m. I start spinning behind my head, make a slight tilt and with increasing acceleration I send the spinners in the right direction. Immediately at the time of casting, you need to help the spinning a little more with the movement of the shoulder, which will additionally increase the casting energy. In case of emergency, such a throw can be done with a small take-off. This will add a few more precious meters to the casting range.
Writing how to work with each of these spinners is simply impractical. There are no identical reservoirs, only similar ones, and each reservoir has its own specifics. Consequently, the animation in the wiring is different everywhere. Almost any predatory fish is caught on spinners of this type. Armed with an arsenal of long-range lures, you will get a huge advantage compared to rival colleagues. You will get fish where others cannot do it, and the consequences of everyday pressure will bother you much less.
author Dmitry BARYSHEV