On a bare hook

On a bare hookIt took me so that the fish would sit directly on a bare hook – sometimes you have to hear about that fabulously tempting bite, which every angler dreams of getting into. If the fish actually did such tricks, many problems would be solved by themselves – no need to run around the fishing shops in the middle of the week in search of bloodworms and then monitor its safety, there is no need to litter on ice or in the apartment, looking for small wormwood among the debris white worms, which roach and perch are so eager to peck. In general, questions related to harvesting bait would disappear. However, you can go the other way. It is somewhat more complicated, but, nevertheless, allows you to solve problems with the nozzle once and for all. But for this it is necessary to overcome a certain psychological barrier and one day tell yourself – everything, from today I catch only without a nozzle. As experience shows, my own and my fishing friends, it is in this psychological barrier that all the difficulties of fishing with non-mountable mormyshki lie.

Speaking very strictly, the term "non-nozzle" is not too correct. Mormyshka hook is never completely naked. He is always wearing something: a piece of colored cambric (vinyl chloride tube), beads, a porous ball of foam rubber or rubber, and other non-edible objects that the mormyshka is equipped at home and which then become part of the mormyshka itself. But this gear is considered non-attachable in the sense that you don’t need to put anything else on the hook while catching on the pond. For more than fifteen years I have been a follower of fishing with a non-stick mormyshka and want to share my experience.

curled into the light with a light hand V. Minyalenko twenty years ago. Initially, they were developed for sport fishing for perch with a nozzle, but their convenient shape, reliability, the ability to fine-tune the working length of the fishing line and the smooth operation of the brakes of a simple reel made them very popular among amateur anglers. The only change that is advisable to make in their design is to increase the length of the pole from 12 to 25 centimeters. Wiring is more convenient, especially on a windy day, to start close to the surface of the water. Catching from the knee, as athletes do, is not very common for an ordinary angler, bowing low every time at the beginning of the posting, sitting on a box, is quite tiring. Yes, and the game itself with a jigsaw jigsaw often requires quite sweeping movements with the tip of the fishing rod, which is easier to do with a long sixth than a short one.

In addition to the "balalaika", there are also reel fishing rods with a handle. They are mainly used by lovers to hold tackle, not grabbing it from above like a "balalaika", but holding it like a pen when writing. Which grip is more convenient to work with is for the angler to decide. The main range of fishing lines used by anglers is from 0.08 to 0.12 mm. It is not recommended to set fishing line thinner than 0.08 mm, although sometimes I would like to improve the game of jigsaw. Thick 0.12 mm – also not worth it, since the game is deteriorating sharply. It is advisable to take fishing lines soft, on the packaging they are marked "Soft" or "Softness". The use of non-attachable gear involves hunting for larger fish. It has long been noticed that, ceteris paribus (body of water, weather, depth, etc.), larger fish are caught for non-attachment gear than for a nozzle. This does not mean at all that, armed with non-attachable tackle, you will catch only three hundred gram roaches where fifty grams of roach are caught on bloodworms. It’s just that the number of, say, hundred-gram copies in the mass of small things you have will be slightly higher than when fishing with a nozzle.


The term "gatehouse" in relation to this element of gear is incorrect. The word "gatehouse" gives a certain passivity, while a nod, like a mormyshka, is an active element of a non-stick tackle. A correctly made nod will show any (even the weakest) bite, help give the mormyshka exactly the movement that will be most attractive to the fish. Therefore, in the manufacture of tackle nodding you need to pay close attention. In direct fishing, two types of nods are used – metal and plastic. You can argue endlessly about the advantages and disadvantages of both, but experience shows that if fishing is done in windy weather, preference should be given to metal nods. A narrow metal plate with a large modulus of elasticity successfully resists attempts by the wind to introduce randomness into the clear movements of the nod. The plastic nod, due to its wider width and lower elasticity, winds in the wind and often not only does not show a bite, but also scares away the fish, transmitting chaotic movements to the bait.

It is often advised to make nods from plates for watch springs, but this material has one significant drawback: a large width with a slight thickness. A good nod is obtained only from specially made by hand records. As a rule, this is a thin steel wire rolled through rollers. Plastic nods are easier to manufacture. An almost ideal material for them is a lavsan film of various thicknesses. Earlier, in the era of blessed vinyl, good nods were obtained from flexible black phonograph records. The source of the lavsan film is spent plates for thin layer chromatography, but this material is no less exotic for the mass angler than the previous one. Sometimes you can successfully redo the commercially available artisanal nods, removing all unnecessary details from them.

I cut a cone-shaped plate from plastic with a sharp razor blade in a ruler. There is also one little trick here. Both cuts forming the side edges of the nod must be made on one side of the workpiece, otherwise the nod will lead to the side during operation and the clarity of the game will be violated. To fix the nod on the pole of the fishing rod, I use rubber insulation from high voltage wires. Very good blanks from wires from car ignition. It is necessary to pull the braided core out of the wire, cut about 1.5 cm from it, thread a cut plate under the outer plastic layer and bend down a hole 2 mm in diameter to the plate to penetrate a piece of hard, preferably Teflon, cambric for passing the fishing line. It remains only to round the front edge of the plate (for aesthetic completeness), make two thin holes with a needle along the center line of the plate, let the fishing line through – and the nod is ready.


Recently in the fishing periodicals there have been many descriptions of a variety of non-nozzle mormysheks. I will name the mormysh most often used by me. First of all, this is a "nymph", thanks to which I began to confidently catch winter roaches. Then comes the "Ural", which, from my point of view, is more universal than the "nymph", because it is caught on it and roach, and perch, and undergrowth, and pikeperch, and also because large "urals" work much more more stable than large "nymphs", I attribute them to mormyshka for shallow and medium (up to 5 m) depths. “Uralka” manages to successfully catch at a depth of 12 m. The deepest mormyshka is “little devil”. Depending on the type of fish caught, the little devil has a different shape. For catching perch, it is better to use almost spherical mormyshki, for the scavenger it is very elongated, the roach is attracted by the classic drop. When fishing roaches and perch in windy weather and during the course, the tungsten mormyshka “flat” proved to be quite good.

Even a strong wind is not an obstacle to her game. However, the catchability of this mormyshka is not always stable. In other winters, the fish simply does not allow it to sink to the bottom, and last winter, for example, this mormyshka in terms of catchability was practically no different from the same "uralka". By the way, the same thing happens with the color of mormyshek. Sometimes all winter the most catchy are black mormysks, sometimes the colors of dull oxidized lead. So at the beginning of each season and in each pond you have to check which mormyshka what color the fish prefer, and since fish addictions are unstable, you have to drag a double set of lures with you. It may seem that four mormyshki is not enough for fishing, but given that each of them has three options for weight and size, as well as two options for color, it turns out that this set is even a bit too much. At least, until now, I have practically not encountered the fact that it was impossible to pick up a catchy mormyshka from any existing arsenal for any reservoir.

Most anglers who are accustomed to catching on natural baits frighten away from the switch to direct fishing, the established opinion that a mormyshka without a baits has to work at a speed of 10-20 vibrations per second or more. Of course, not everyone can handle such speed. Mormyshki used by me are interesting in that they do not require special efforts for mastering. You can play them with a small frequency, exactly the same as with ordinary fishing for bloodworms. The lower working frequency limit for playing all of the listed lures begins with one swing per second. The upper one – depends on the characteristics of the game of a particular bait and the behavior of the fish at a given time and in a given place. If at the beginning of winter roach willingly takes on a “nymph” or “little devil” that shakes in water at a frequency of 2-5 vibrations per second, then by the end of winter, especially on ponds and quarry ponds, the best roach nibble is observed with a smooth rise of the bait from bottom without any game at all. So the range of applied techniques when working with a jigsaw without a nozzle is very wide.

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