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What can a wobbler do? Part 1

Wobblers are volumetric lures made of various materials and equipped with one or more tees. They have the shape of the bow or blade specified by the manufacturer, which, during the drive, provide the desired style of play and the depth of immersion. Wobblers have many parameters, depending on which they can be used in a variety of conditions. But first of all, wobblers are subdivided according to buoyancy, depth of penetration and the nature of the game.


All wobblers are divided into floating (Floating), with neutral buoyancy – Suspending and sinking (Diving). Floating wobblers during the drive go to a predetermined depth due to the special design of the nose blade. Drowning after casting immediately rush to the bottom of the reservoir. Suspenders seem to float in layers of water. At the same time, even a small fastener or leash can affect the balance of the bait. Occasionally there are wobblers with variable buoyancy, which is provided by removable weights – balancers. However, with the help of a Tyrolean stick, you can drown any bait, but this is already one of the types of numerous additional rigs that are often used in combination with a wobbler.

Depth of penetration

There are purely surface wobblers, which do not deepen during wiring. These include poppers and their varieties. Such lures allow you to explore overgrown areas of water bodies, as well as catch a predator hunting in the upper layers of the water. The next variety is wobblers with an immersion depth of up to 0.5 m. They are used mainly in shallow waters, as well as in areas with lush aquatic vegetation, the tops of which are close to the surface. Next come lures with a diving depth of 1-3 m. Wobblers with a diving depth of 4 to 7 m are considered deep diving. They are most often used when fishing on the track. At great depths, as a rule, they use either sinking wobblers or special rigs that allow wiring at the very bottom, where large predatory fish most often keep.

The amount of bait sinking depends on the size of the nose blade and the angle of its mounting relative to the longitudinal axis of the wobbler. The larger the blade and the smaller the angle, the deeper the wobbler will go during wiring, and vice versa. The immersion depth also depends on the angle of inclination of the rod relative to the water surface. The lower the angler holds the rod, the deeper the wobbler will go. If necessary, hold the bait as deep as possible, even the tip of the spinning rod is lowered into the water.

The nature of the game

The game and “temperament” of the wobbler depend primarily on its design features. The shorter and thicker its body, combined with the large size of the blade and the angle of its landing, the more frequency of oscillations the bait moves in the water, depicting a fish beating in agony. Long baits with a small blade, as a rule, imitate a sick fish with difficulty moving.


Currently, a huge number of different wobblers are produced. An important characteristic of the bait is the material from which it is made. They mainly use wood, various types of polystyrene, expanded polystyrene and plastics. As a material, wood should definitely be considered the weakest. Balsa is most often used here. In particular, the company RAPALA has long presented the use of this material as a virtue. But this material has more disadvantages than advantages. Weak strength combined with high hygroscopicity make baits made of this material extremely short-lived. Wobblers made of plastic according to the principle of a hollow structure should be recognized as the most durable. The Japanese concern DUEL has achieved notable success in creating wobblers of this class. True, at the present time there are many Polish-Chinese “analogues” that do not even arouse the likeness of interest in fish.

Fishing strategy

Fishing with a wobbler is a certain stage in mastering the art of spinning. For example, if you fish in a pond with a depth of 2 m, and dense thickets of bottom vegetation are located at a height of 1.5 m, then a wobbler burrowing to a depth of just over 1 m becomes useless under these conditions.

Fishing in overgrown shallow bodies of water

This category includes peat quarries, river bays, small dams and many small lakes. As a rule, the depth in such reservoirs does not exceed 1.5-2 m, and vegetation covers the surface of the water with a dense carpet. Bottom algae, striving for light, keep up with it. If after the ice melts there are still areas of clean water, then by the middle of summer these reservoirs are thoroughly overgrown, due to which good specimens of predators, mainly pikes and perches, remain here. Castings have to be done mostly in “windows” and where the layer of clean water above the vegetation does not exceed 20-30 cm. Fishing conditions determine the choice of bait: mainly, these are various poppers and wobblers with a diving depth of up to 30 cm.

Very interesting lures were offered by DUEL last year. The wobbler of the AILE MAGNET series is made in the form of a popper combination with a streamlined nose and a rotating propeller in the tail section, which provokes even a passive predator to grip. An even more original solution is used in the lure HARDCORE WO-B-RU 0. This classic wobbler has an excellent play due to the nose blade glued at an angle of 90 ° to the longitudinal axis of the lure. The bait is so effective that sometimes even seagulls attack it, mistaking it for easy prey. TROUTER’S MINNOW wobblers have also proven themselves quite well.

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