For successful fishing of pike perch from ice spinners you need a lot of different. Fanged in the winter is often capricious, and the fishing conditions are completely different. The depth, presence or absence of the current at the fishing place, food preferences of local zander – all this makes its own adjustments to fishing. Meanwhile, factory-made spinners, with all their diversity, are not always suitable for specific fishing conditions. The use of home-made spinners seems to be much more advantageous. They are made by local craftsmen, choosing the most catchy models of past years. These spinners have no factory analogues and are most effective for zander in local water bodies. They are sold in fishing shops and markets, the choice is quite large, but the prices are much higher than for factory products, and are comparable to the price of Finnish spinners, which, in fact, are also handmade spinners.
Fishermen are willing to buy homemade baubles, because around them there is a halo of superhulpiness, which justifies the high cost in the eyes of many. However, for the most part, these products do not justify either their hopes or the money spent. Such spinners, of course, catch fish, but very mediocre, and the rare lucky one gets a truly working spinner. Why is this happening and how to choose the right hand-made – this will be discussed. Why homemade? If you do not yet have extensive experience in catching pike perch on a spinner, give your preference to original factory spinners, learn how to catch them. The homemade spinner in your arsenal should only be from a trusted well-known master or selected and picked up by someone from your more experienced comrades.
Factory spinners are usually stamped with high precision from sheet metal or manufactured by casting. Almost all of them have a stable and identical game within the same model. The metal thickness, weight, shape, bending and center of gravity set by the manufacturer are very accurate. Worse or better, but these spinners always catch. But this uniformity is the Achilles heel of the factory spinner. Each home-made spinner is to some extent unique and individual. It can have several almost indistinguishable nuances of the game, which just make it attractive for zander in comparison with standard factory spinners. In the period of high food activity of pike perch, any spinner possessing a stable game can bring success. When the fish begins to be capricious, only those anglers who offer pike perch with the unusual behavior in the water or asymmetric game continue to catch.
Another important aspect is fish learning. The fishing pressure is large enough, the pike perch quickly gets used to a certain, albeit very successful, type of baubles and starts to ignore them. Homemade spinner changes much faster than factory spinner and also has a certain advantage in this. Authors of super-bulky homemade products make baubles primarily for themselves or on order to their friends. These products are constantly tested almost in the pond, any shortcomings of a particular model are immediately eliminated. But on sale you can often find not the originals, but their copies, and of different quality. Why do homemade products sold in stores do not live up to expectations? There is only one answer: they must be "correct."
How to distinguish a bad spinner from a “right one”? In order to answer this question, consider the manufacturing process of pike perch. The spinner consists of two strips of thin non-ferrous metal and soft solder between them. First, a steel prototype of the spinner is made: matrices on both sides. Then, through the punch, a blank of 0.25-0.30 mm thick is pressed out of the sheet metal, the excess is cut off, and two halves of the future spinner are obtained. After that, the inner surfaces of each billet are flux-cured, filled with solder, joined together and soldered. The future spinner is almost ready. For catching pike perch, it is important that both sides of the spinner are made of relatively hard metal. If one of the sides is made of soft solder, the fangs of the fish will stick in it and this will not allow for a high-quality cutting.
A little about the metal itself. Usually it is stainless steel sheet, brass, copper or cupronickel. The parties combine: copper – brass for fishing on a bright sunny day or stainless steel – cupronickel for fishing in cloudy weather. Polished stainless steel has an unnatural cold, bluish sheen, which in itself can be critical if zander is capricious. An absolute favorite of metals is pure silver. Silver baubles have a lively bright shine, very similar to the color of the scales of small fish, and pike perch always distinguishes this. Jewelry silver is expensive, they ask for a lot more and for a spinner from it. On sale, it is very rare to find lures made of real silver – they are made only on order. There are also galvanic technologies for forming a thick layer of metal, but in artisanal conditions they are not available. For all these reasons, spinners that are sold under the guise of “silver,” or “technical silver,” are actually not.
Technical silver outwardly does not differ from jewelry metal, therefore, such excuses from sellers are pure craftiness. Often silver is issued for cupronickel, very similar to it, or baubles are made of rolled ruble coins of Soviet times. Such a metal is much more advantageous than ordinary stainless steel, but in terms of catchability it is inferior to pure silver. The solder that is inside the baubles is also different. It may have different percentages of lead and therefore different weights. A good master always has at hand several types of solders. This makes it possible to make several spinners with different weights in increments of 1.0-1.5 g in the same size. The play of such outwardly identical spinners will be completely different. This, by the way, is also a kind of copy protection, since only the shape of the bauble can be accurately copied.
The next step is to finish the spinners. Its edges are processed, holes for clockwork rings are drilled, the metal surface is polished to a mirror shine. If the spinner is “single-barrel” – it has one rigidly soldered hook, then after polishing the spinner the necessary bend is given. This is of fundamental importance: the correct bending of the hook allows us to pinpoint zander of any size with a 100% guarantee. The last step is setting up the baubles. It is carried out in a container of water. The master is responsible not only for the appearance, but also for the stable game, and, therefore, for the outstanding skill.
Most home-made spinners sold in markets and stores are made using simplified technology and large batches. The main goal is to earn more money at the minimum cost. Manufacturers of these products are often poorly versed in the intricacies of winter fishing for zander or for many years they have been replicating one or two long-obsolete models. Usually the correct and catchy homemade product, which is in maximum demand, is taken as a sample. A matrix is made on it, and side blanks are made of sheet metal. The metal halves of the baubles are installed in a plaster mold and poured with cheap lead.
The most time-consuming process of manual soldering of spinners, requiring great accuracy and accuracy, is simplified. As a result, the weight, the center of gravity and, accordingly, the play of the baubles are significantly different from the catchy original. If for heavy pilger type spinners this is not so relevant, then a light glider spinner will be similar to the original only externally. Usually the quality of hooks and accessories is also neglected: as a rule, they are cheap and of poor quality. Spinner tuning is also not carried out, since it takes a very long time. Will such a spinner work? Probably yes, but you should not expect an outstanding catch from her.
How to choose
How to choose the right homemade purchase? Firstly, take your time to inspect several identical spinners. Outwardly, they must be absolutely identical to each other. Pay attention to the quality of processing and symmetry in the thickness of the metal on both sides. It is advisable to ask the seller to weigh a few pieces – the exact scales are in any store. If the difference in weight is 0.1-0.2 g, then the spinners are made quite high quality. If the spinner is sold as silver, you should make sure of this by comparing it in color with any factory galvanically silver-plated spinner. If the color does not match and the seller explains this by the fact that silver is technical, they simply try to mislead you. Try to learn more about the author of the baubles. The names of good masters are always heard in the fishing environment, they value their name and the quality of their products. Meet their baubles on sale – a rarity. In any case, the acquired home-made spinner will require you to configure it and easy tuning. How to do this with maximum effect is the topic of the next article.
author Igor GOLISHCHENKO