Is it true that the size of the hook on the lure should be such that it protrudes slightly beyond its edge in its width?
I don’t know who and when first came up with the idea to select a hook for the spoon in this way, but this rule, if it is worth adhering to, it is only in the very first approximation and in relation to the spoon with medium proportions. It is clear that it is inapplicable for such extremes as the Spoon spoon and jig, otherwise in the first case the tee will be too large, and in the second it will be smaller than the optimal one. The rule of “slightly protruding over the edge” of the tee, perhaps, would be more relevant if the spoon was a pronounced three-dimensional body. And so – the spoon is almost flat, and it is possible only in theory to imagine that it can stand in the mouth of the fish in the spacer. In fact, this does not happen, and if suddenly, when fishing with a wide spoon with a relatively small tee, an empty bite occurs, then you should not look for the reason in the discrepancy between one and the other.
Moreover, sometimes a “spinner” with a wide petal is deliberately equipped with a tee of an even smaller size than is customary for similar spinners in general. This is done for obvious reasons: a small tee located inside a cone formed by a rotating petal has minimal chances of catching on something other than fish. Such “turntables” are especially in demand when you have to fish among the hard grass. And as a typical example, I could name a spinning spoon of the Ultimate brand, made according to the idea of Bertus Rosemeyer – there are as many as two rounded petals, planted on a common pivot point, and a very modest size three-piece.
I noticed that lately, wobblers and spinners have increasingly begun to be equipped with red tees. Is that adding a bite?
Remember the proverb – a fool is happy with red? Fish, she’s not stupid. Here – the calculation is more on the angler: the massive appearance on the market of wobblers with red tees is an additional impulse for the buyer. And the real role of such tees is no more than the influence on the biting of fins, gill covers and other small artistic uselessness drawn on the bait. If anything in the color of the wobbler can matter, then it is the general tone of the bait and its large parts. Actually, red hooks did not appear suddenly on wobblers and spinners, because they are widely used when fishing with some natural bait – for worms, for example. In such cases, when the size of the hook is somewhere comparable to the size of the bait, its color can definitely affect the bite. But on wobblers – it’s hardly.
Recently, foam rubber non-hooks on the basis of offset hooks have begun to be made more often. Which is better with a double or an offset?
If we talk about the convenience and ease of manufacture, then the foam rubber on the offset bag would suit us better. After all, twins almost all have to be bent (and this is not a difficult, but important operation) and many have to be mounted with an extension wire. Plus, the sizes of the foam and the double must be interconnected. The offset maker is used in its original form and there is no strict dependence between its number and the dimensions of the foam rubber. As for the two fundamental properties of this bait – its ability to “dodge” from snags and at the same time provide a sufficiently high percentage of effective bites, here the advantage is rather in the foam rubber with a double. Although much depends on the details of the execution of both versions of the non-linkage.
It happens that the sting of the offset man breaks a wide hole in the foam and therefore has a tendency to expose itself for no reason. Such a piece of foam does not live long in a snaggy place. As, however, and the foam with a double, at least one of the stings of which does not fit snugly to the body of the bait. If we talk about the strict execution of non-hooks of both types (without protruding and protruding hook stings), then the version with an offset hook passes better over snags, and with a double, it provides a higher efficiency for bites. I myself prefer the latter option, although some of my friends mainly use offset hooks on their foam fish. One more thing should be noted. Sometimes it is difficult to find the right hooks – the right type, size and quality. Then the choice in favor of a double or an offset man has to be made after the fact – taking into account what is in the store.
What are the best look-alike numbers for foam non-hooks?
This issue was indirectly raised in the previous one. Indeed, the size of the double hook is quite rigidly related to the size of the foam fish’s body. Therefore, you usually have to build on the size of the foam and select a double for it. For “coastal” foam rubber, that is, intended for long-distance casts and therefore small in size, the doubles of the first number are most often optimal. More precisely, from different companies the hooks of the same number may differ slightly in size, so plus or minus the number is normal. “Lake-boat” foam rubber is mounted on doubles of numbers 2/0 or 3/0. It is clear that with an equal weight of the load, it is thrown somewhat closer than a more miniature one. The size of such a foam is important not so much in itself (“Big piece – big mouth”), but also because of the more powerful hooks, which with a greater guarantee allow you to take a large fish. It is clear that such or even more overall (on twins 4/0 and 5/0) foam rubber is designed primarily for pike and zander. Perch non-hooks are the opposite, using smaller hooks. Although, in my opinion, when purposefully fishing for perch, it is more appropriate not to use foam rubber, but other varieties of non-hooks.
I saw on sale offset crochet hooks with two barbs. Do they really hold the fish better?
More likely no than yes. Moreover, I have quite a lot of experience in fishing with hooks without barbs at all – this is the way it should be on many bodies of water in Italy, and after returning to Russia, I continued to fish with lures with the same hooks. I cannot say that there are more descents from the “beardless” hooks, unless, of course, we do not allow slack and do not shake off the fish on purpose. In the assortment of the VMC company there are, however, offset hooks with as many as three barbs, but their purpose is somewhat different: among other things, when striking, such a row of three successively increasing barbs provides a more reliable entry of the sting into the jaw of the fish. And it seems that this is indeed the case.
Some wobblers are equipped with unusual hooks – with the stings noticeably turned to the side. What’s the point?
It seems to be about Excalibur Rotating Hooks. These hooks have been known for a long time and, in addition to their unusual geometry, are generally very well executed. Wobblers are really equipped with them. It is characteristic that if you take a wobbler with Excalibur hooks in your hand, then it is not always possible to just put it back – the stings of the tees have time to dig a little into the palm. But still, frankly, I do not find much reason in tees of this form. This has an obvious meaning in single hooks (including offset ones) of three-dimensional geometry. And with tees – there is more desire to stand out from the competition. At the same time, a couple of people from my acquaintances, I am sure, will strongly disagree with this assessment, since they are ardent fans of Excalibur tees, equipping almost all their wobblers and “turntables” with them. So the most objective thing is to try the “bent” tees yourself, and then draw conclusions.
author: Konstantin Kuzmin
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