Russian spinningists have long known Hornet wobblers of the Polish company Salmo. Many models in this series catch chub and other fish well. But with all the advantages they have a big minus – poor performance in casting distance. For me personally, this is a significant drawback, and therefore I use these wobblers relatively rarely. And two years ago, a wobbler with the similar name S-Hornet, but manufactured under the Asakura trademark, appeared on our market. Many decided that the new wobbler was just an improved Salm Hornet, but this is far from the case. With some external similarity, these wobblers are very different, although some believe that the idea underlying both models is the same.
Hornet and S-Hornet
Wobblers are really very similar in appearance, but vary greatly in design and material of manufacture. Salmovsky Hornet is one-piece, made of polyurethane foam and does not have an internal noise chamber, while the S-Hornet Asakura has a plastic case and an internal balancing system: inside the wobbler there is an arched channel through which a metal ball rolls. During casting, he goes into the tail of the bait and thereby stabilizes the lure in the tail-forward position. This improves casting accuracy and flight characteristics of the wobbler. After splashing the bait, the load moves to its front part, is fixed in this position due to the shape of the channel and works as a stability stabilizer. There are some differences in the body shape of the two wobblers. Salmowski has a pronounced thickening in the anterior part, while the S-Hornet is more malleable. In a word, talking about the significant similarities between S-Hornet and Hornet is very difficult. These are different wobblers, and comparing them is simply incorrect.
For the first time I got into the hands of S-Hornet two years ago. It was a 4 cm shallow-water model (SR), Brown Crack stains. The very first fishing showed that the wobbler is flying far and precisely, it keeps its stream very well and very dutifully responds to any manipulation of the rod. If, for example, you want to bring the wobbler to the surface, you just need to raise the spinning, and S-Hornet obediently pops up. The maximum immersion depth is about a meter, but due to its properties it is possible to catch in the depth range from 15 cm to 1.2 m. The game is of medium type: it does not “pound” on a fast stream, which makes it possible to carry out a wobbler in a not too aggressive manner even in strong currents per passive fish. The tension of the game S-Hornet just fills the gap between active krenki and wobblers minnou. That is, the lure has its own, well-defined scope.
In addition to shallow water, the S-Hornet line also has depth models – S-Hornet 4DR F / SP. Just this model is most often compared with Salmo's Hornet, more precisely, with the Hornet 4 F / S model. I already mentioned the design differences above, but the difference in the game of these wobblers is worth mentioning separately. With a similar shape and size of the blade, the game for these wobblers is completely different. Salmovsky vibrates very intensely – he “pounds” even at medium speed, but S-Hornet, with the same wide amplitude and high frequency, does not feel aggression in the game. The drawing of the game S-Hornet DR resembles, rather, a brisk snake. This wobbler can also be operated at a very fast current, without having to cross the line when the vibration turns into convulsive shaking. The declared recess of the wobbler is 1.3-1.5 m, but if desired, it can be driven even under two meters, and by lifting the rod, slowly and spend at a depth of about a meter. The flight range of the S-Hornet DR is worse than that of the SR version, since a large blade, of course, sail when casting, but a larger weight partially compensates for this.
Both S-Hornet variants – deep and shallow – are more or less universal. They catch perch, chub and other fish both in the course and in the still water. Perfectly show themselves on jerking wiring. I catch "S-Hornets" almost always with pulls of varying strength and duration. I use the shallow S-Hornet on every fishing trip. I can’t say that this is a “super slaughter” wobbler, but it has an amazing feature: it catches almost always. Though not from every cast and not trophy fish, but it’s very stable. For example, my beloved “Chubbyk” for some reason has been “silent” for four fisheries for now, and S-Hornet SR has both been fishing. An amazing property is to fit any mood of the fish. The deep model is more specific, but at depths from 1.5 meters it is indispensable. Thanks to the active game, this wobbler can be played very slowly at the very bottom, which is often the only way to get a bite.
Features Asakura S-Hornet, Model SR and DR
Length 42 mm; Weight: SR-F – 3.6 g; DR-F – 3.9 g.
Depth: SR – up to 0.9 m; DR – up to 1.8 m.
Hooks – Owner, body shape – minnow, type of game – “active minnow”.
Vibration of weak tension, medium frequency, medium amplitude.
Noise capsule: 2 metal balls, high-frequency sound, sonorous.
author Marat YARULLIN
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