It is unlikely that modern anglers are unfamiliar with the balancers of such famous brands as Nils Master, Rapala, Storm and some others. Good balancers are available in the collection with the trademark LackyJohn (company Salmo). There are less famous manufacturers. I think that in a few years only the lazy will not produce these baits, which are very popular among anglers – fans of both summer and winter fishing. In short, the massive use of balancers is just a matter of time. But here pitfalls begin. Firms that do not have the necessary production technology and an adequate testing base will knowingly drive in defective products. However, this is already observed. Therefore, my advice will be this: if you think that it’s “cheap” you can get a quality made bait, then in this case this is the deepest mistake.
The balancer is not an easy bait. Even insignificant at first glance defects, for example, not quite accurate balancing or roughly processed tail blades, can lead to very sad consequences, or rather, such a bait will be completely inoperative. The result is wasted money. Therefore, do not chase cheapness, but try to purchase quality goods. If you purchase a batch of balancers in a store, identifying defects “by eye” is for the most part difficult. And above all, it concerns the balancing and driving performance of the bait. It should not be forgotten that as far as balancers of different firms differ in form, so much and peculiarly they will manifest themselves during the game. Some of them require a larger amplitude when swinging with a fishing rod, others less. The same applies to the acceleration that we set the bait with our actions.
This can only be determined empirically: better on a pond, from bridges or a boat, at worst in a bathtub filled with water. Tests are carried out both with a soft metal leash and without it, because the leash, especially when working with mini-balancers, can significantly distort their game, and it is generally contraindicated for balancers – "nulls". When the company Nils Master mastered, for example, the release of shades, the emphasis was primarily on catching zander. The fact is that the compact form of this bait contributes to the fact that after biting the balancer, as a rule, is completely in the mouth of the predator. And this prevents hooks from hooking onto the bottom edge of the hole and, accordingly, fish gathering. The same goal is pursued in the design of the balancer, in which the front hook is turned down, which, incidentally, does not adversely affect the hook. Unlike pike, zander and perch usually grab the bait from the tail, and in this case, the downward-facing hook will not catch the edge of the hole.
For catching perch, balancers like jiggers from 2 to 7 cm long are usually used, for pike perch – 5-9 cm, for pike – 7-11 cm. Although all these sizes are quite arbitrary: a large predator can sometimes take on a small balancer and vice versa. Equipped with balancers according to the same principles as vertical spinners, with the exception that some anglers transparent plastic stabilizer wheels are painted with a waterproof marker in red. There are lures with tail feathers – with a brush, but instead of a brush you can equip the rear hook with a tail from a silicone vibro-tail. The mini balancer tee is best equipped with a color epoxy drop without loss of ride quality.
Now about the hooks. Most of the balancers available on sale today are equipped with three hooks: a front and a rear single and a hanging tee, which should be easily removable, and for this it is desirable that the lower loop should be made like a carbine or should be detachable. When fishing in snag boats I usually remove the lower tee – it’s easier to avoid hooks and easier to release the bait with a hook. In the same places where the bottom is relatively clean, I do not recommend removing the lower standard tee, since it is an integral part of the balancer design. The same can be said about replacing a small tee with a larger one and vice versa. Such modernization does not lead to anything good, distorting the drawing of the game with bait. The classic balancer equipped with tail rudders is the most suitable bait for the first lessons in mastering this difficult fishing.
In essence, this is the usual figure of eight, or the sign of infinity. A large balancer with good driving performance, if given a sufficiently strong acceleration, as a rule, goes to the second eight, but already smaller in size. Of course, the smaller the bait, the less it will deviate from the vertical axis. Shaftless balancers like Chabby Darter (Salmo) require a more delicate game. They are distinguished by a fairly quiet course, therefore they are indispensable when fishing for passive fish, especially in winter and where there is a weak oxygen content in the water. In fishing, as you know, there are no trifles. And one of such trifles is the ability to correctly tie baits so that the fishing line does not especially lose strength on the knots. Figure 26 shows the sequence of tying vertical spinners directly to the loop using the so-called wobbler knot, which provides the bait with more degrees of freedom during the game. However, in most cases, it is more advisable to attach the bait to a leash or main fishing line through a swivel with a snap hook or only through the snap hook. This allows you to quickly change the bait, which is especially necessary when actively searching for fish.
Carabiners and swivels are tied somewhat differently. First you need to double-pass the end of the monolesque through the swivel ring, combine the loops formed and pinch them between the index and thumb. Then we wrap the free end 4-5 times around the main fishing line, pass it through a double loop sandwiched between the thumb and forefinger, and, passing the free end through the loop formed, gently fix the knot due to the tension of the main fishing line. It is advisable to wet the assembly before forming. Now that you are convinced that it is tightened firmly, it remains only to cut off the excess free end. When using braided lines, the knot fits with a cord folded in half.
author: Kazantsev V.
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