Everything develops in a spiral. Including such a wonderful pastime as fishing. A good example is fishing on swinging baubles, classic spinning lures. At one time, the shaker was the No. 1 bait for most of our spinning players. Then she was heavily pressed by a jig, then wobblers. But lately, hesitations are recalled more and more often, and they again begin to occupy a worthy place in the spinning box.
For the last ten years I have been catching on oscillating baubles quite often, and in some water bodies almost exclusively on oscillating baits. And although my experience is mainly related to reservoirs near Moscow and small ponds, I hope it will be useful.
Speaking of oscillating baubles, I mean only “classic” oscillators. Fishing for castmaster, pilker and other “deviations” has its own characteristics and deserves a separate discussion. In general, almost all predators fall into the oscillating lures, but only pike fishing, and to a much lesser extent perch, gives stable results. For the rest of our predators, other lures and fishing methods are almost always more effective. Therefore, it will be primarily a question of catching the main predator of our waters, pike, on the swings.
Why did the oscillators suddenly become out of work at some point? It seems to me that the decisive role in this was played by a new hobby that had taken possession of our fishing brotherhood – His Majesty the jig. I recall one case of the late 80s. My friend and I went to the headwaters of the Mozhaisk Reservoir for a massive fish course during an intensive discharge of water. The entire predator was very active: pecking, and pike with a perch, and even an ide were pecking. We caught from the same boat, and at first both on the foam. But I quickly tore my own and switched to hesitations, my main lures of that time. As a result, foam rubber and jigging won more than a convincing victory. Something like that was experienced by many spinning players in a variety of water bodies. Of course, the jig as a way of fishing has a number of advantages, but in my opinion, the habituation effect played an important role in the defeat of the whales, as they were too familiar with the fish. By the way, I observe something similar now in winter fishing for hell: at one time the effectiveness of this bait was simply amazing, but now the catches have become much more modest.
After that memorable fishing, a jig for almost several years almost completely replaced the spider in my arsenal. However, several cases made me think again of the good old iron. The most significant occurred on one Tver lake. It was beautiful and fishy, and there were enough fishermen there. By order of my relatives, I caught bream and ide. Every day, sitting on the blue, I watched as a guy swam around the lake in a circle and regularly dragged decent pikes to a large range. A few days later my patience snapped. Putting the fishing rods aside, he took the spinning rod and went to the lake with bright hopes: he even bites on a spool, and I have a box full of all kinds of rubber, and I'm not a newbie in spinning either! I caught something, but when I met that guy and we compared the catches, it turned out that the long-standing alignment on Mozhayka was repeated, just the opposite: the iron convincingly won.
Another case was decisive in my return to vacillations. It was on a small dam near Moscow. My comrade spent quite a long time catching the edge with all kinds of rubber and finally caught a good pike. In the heat of the fight, we drowned the net and decided to pull it out with the most hooked and useless bait – old hesitations. But instead of a sucker, we began to come across pikes! And this despite the fact that the place was rather densely dug by a jig. These and other similar cases made me remember the old skills of catching on "unfashionable" vibe.
Oscillators – baits are very democratic. You can catch them with most modern spinning rods, although models with a close-parabolic system are still preferable. When fishing from a boat, when the casting range is not so important, the advantages of a parabolic are far from obvious. As for the power, in my opinion, it’s better to have a bigger rod with the dough: oscillators, especially large ones, can come with noticeable resistance, and a sharper cut will also not hurt. Coil, generally speaking, is any good. The choice of decent inertia is now very large, but I prefer to catch with an inertial coil. The oscillator and the inertial coil are pure classics! And I respect the classic things very much.
But seriously, it is precisely when fishing for vibrations that the inertia has certain advantages. The main thing is a high level of control over the game of the bait. In addition, oscillators are very demanding on the speed of wiring, and when you have to drive very slowly, it is more convenient for me to do this by inertia. Of course, there are difficulties with casting light "burdock" oscillations such as Williams. But now there are more advanced inertia, like "Nelma", and this problem has become not so urgent. The last question is braiding or mono. Although I catch more on mono, I believe that the additional sensitivity that the wicker gives is also not superfluous.
Having tried a large number of lures of various forms and manufacturers, I came to a very patriotic conclusion: our baubles are not inferior to imported ones. First of all, this concerns the products of the “pillars” of the Soviet era – the plants “Saturn”, “Voenokhot”, “Baltika” and some others. Their spinners seem unpretentious, rude, but nevertheless exclusively catchy. True, not all. I will make a reservation that we will only talk about my favorite lures. At the same time, I do not in any way classify the remaining spinners as “unsuitable” – perhaps I just did not catch them.
My constant favorite is the crocodile, a product of the Saturn Moscow plant. Last year, I decided to bribe my favorites and was planning to go to Saturn – to stock up at factory prices. And when I phoned, I was horrified to learn that this fragment of a past life had practically ceased to exist. In a panic, I began to buy up all the “crocodiles” that I found in stores, and calmed down a bit only when I got more than two hundred pieces of different colors, including fifty yellow ones – my most popular ones. But even now, when I go to the fishing store, I always peer with hope at the exposed swings: the stock does not pull in my pocket! I note that the domestic "crocodiles" are very different from the Canadian. Therefore, if plagiarism is present here, then it is insignificant.