The problem of choosing a spinning rod often becomes a headache, and not only for a novice angler. What should be the spinning under certain fishing conditions? We will try on the example of a number of models that are familiar to us and seemed definitely successful, to talk about what you should pay attention to when choosing a spinning rod for specific tasks. This time we selected the following tasks: twitching perch wobblers, catching pike in micro-rivers and fishing with leash rigs.
Twitching perch wobblers
When choosing a fishing rod, a lot depends, firstly, on the bait and, secondly, on the features of the wiring. For twitching, that is, posting classic perch minnow wobblers with alternating jerks of different strengths, a rod like Sakura Trinis 602UL is perfect. It’s very comfortable for them to tweet wobblers from similar to the well-known ZipBaits Rigge 35 to those that you can’t call perch like, for example, River2Sea Hum Bug 65F. By the way, it is with the latter that one curious circumstance is connected, which has been repeated from time to time on the last fishing trips. Hum Bug 65F and this ultralight Trinis are so harmoniously suited to each other that to repeat the animation that is obtained with this rod, the other stick is not always possible. At least, judging by the number of bites, this is an example of how a fishing rod catches, not a fisherman.
The test of this Sakura is announced up to 5 g, but thanks to sufficient rigidity and geometry of the blank, spinning easily copes with twice the weight of baits. We would estimate the real upper limit of the test at least 10 g. Trinis 602UL easily manages aggressive hard wiring of a variety of perch wobblers: ZB Rigge 46S, Orbit 65SP Slider, R2S Baby 50F, Jackson Komachi 45S, Jackall Tiny Fry 50. You can also recommend and another no less interesting Sakura model with similar parameters – Rookie ROS 602L. For twitching perch wobblers from 30 to 70 mm spinning was very convenient. Croix Avid AS66MLF2. Declared by the manufacturer as fast, it is, in fact, only in dynamics, and its bending is rather average in bending. Light, sensitive, tough and well balanced stick.
Despite the fact that the lower threshold of the test for baits is declared 3.5 g – and it is felt on the cast – it is very convenient to tweet with this spinning and lighter baits, such as Jackall Tiny Fry 38, Damiki Pirami 40, Masu Master Minnow 38. Far from these lures will not fly with any fishing rod, and this is not required. But a small perch shiver, sharp jerks, swaying and moving – everything turns out very well. With wobblers from 50 mm and larger, everything is only better: the stick turns on and on cast. Strictly speaking, this spinning is for this or a slightly larger size of the lures, so with it he really reveals his working qualities. These are Pontoon 21 Crack Jack, Megabass X-55, MM Minnow 48/58, ZB Rigge from 35 to 70 and similar wobblers. The rod is quite powerful, so it allows you to successfully catch among the grass and snags, without giving much freedom even to a large perch. As a disadvantage, it can be pointed out that as a purely perch stick it is still rude and excessively powerful, so those who are used to more elegant rods will hardly like this role.
If the soul requires something more delicate, then you can recommend an inexpensive, but rather interesting wand from Banax – Ultra US60LLF2. It may seem unnecessarily “lively,” but with a light reel and a thin braid, it turns out to be unexpectedly well-suited for twitching small perch wobblers, for example the ZB Rigge Deep 35F, Pontoon 21 Cheerfull 40F, which are so popular now. Spinning is not very powerful, but with a good margin of safety and survivability. Catching them in the grass is, of course, irrational, but in clear water it makes a very pleasant impression. Minus reel seat: threads may require gluing, and the top nut scratches the reel foot. Of course, there are a lot of rods for catching perch by twitching, and we called only those that we constantly use now.
Pike in a micro river
We discovered this type of reservoir three years ago. It turned out that in almost every micro-river you can find a pike and successfully catch it all year long, if, of course, the conditions allow. In our opinion, the most important characteristic of a fishing rod for micro-fishing is the length: optimally about two meters. Moreover, the length is determined by the fishing season. In summer, when it is most difficult to get along the banks of streams, we prefer rods no longer than six feet, or 1.83 m, and in winter you can quite comfortably work with a stick a foot longer than -2.1 m.However, much depends on the personal preferences of the spinning player. But we still strongly do not recommend going to a stream with a really long spinning rod: this is a huge inconvenience. Take my word for it, after all, we once caught 2.7-meter rods, which now seems wild.
For reference, you can take the type of bass rods – fast, tough, with a substantial reserve of power. If there is no obstacle to catching pike hooked, then the Sakura Trinis 602UL mentioned above is perfect, since the weight of the main baits that we use on the micro river, wobblers and unloaded rubber, lies precisely in its test range. In the most difficult, enclosed conditions, in particular in the snag, a stick from the same Sakura series is suitable, but more powerful is the Trinis 602MN. With such a fishing rod, it is easy to put the bait under the nose of the predator, and when fishing, do not give him a single chance to go under the nearest snag and tangle the cord there. A serious power reserve features all Trinis rods. It is worth noting that the last spinning is offered only in the version with a removable handle: its length is 40 cm, the length of the blank is 143 cm. It should not be forgotten that hooking with such a “stake” should be sure, especially if you are fishing with an offset.
We often use fishing harnesses, mainly with a leash. According to our experience of coastal fishing, which we mainly practice, the spinning length for leash rigs should not exceed 2.5 m. There are no problems with casting even a 1.5 meter leash. Rigid rods of medium order are most suitable for pulling harnesses. It is worth noting that, in our opinion, coastal spinning should be stiff along the entire length, that is, not have an emphasis on the tip, as this allows you to most effectively use most of the postings used with leash rigs: playing along, dragging along the bottom, twitching, classic a step.
To catch pond perch, we usually use end-line spinning rods with a sensitive, but not “snotty” tip. Perch often pecks very delicately, which is why we use fishing rods with a “live” tip. And the weight of the load does not complicate the animation with a stick with a soft top. The lightness and balance of the fishing rod is of great importance for fishing with leash rigs. It is very pleasant and technically correct to carry out the harness harness with your hand, not including the forearm. This is less tiring and allows for better wiring. It is very difficult to make this a heavy inert fishing rod with a long handle.
Rods with all of these characteristics are pretty hard to find. Most often they are produced by expensive Japanese companies. But not only. For example, we definitely liked the Banax Blade BLS83MLF2 fishing rod with a length of 252 cm with a test of 5-18 g. For fishing on ponds, a fairly lightweight St. stick is suitable. Croix Avid AS70MLF2 with a test of up to 10.5 g. There is no problem recognizing the most tender perch bite, he never tears his lips to fish. Just pick up fish on a long leash, especially when the perch is passive and you have to increase the leash to two meters, with a short fishing rod – only 213 cm – it’s still not very convenient.
authors Alexey KUDRYASHOV, Ivan CHIZHIKOV