Even 8-9 years ago, among my friends-chublists, there was a firm conviction that a wobbler for a chub is a short, rather “well-fed” bait with a small depth and a very powerful, aggressive game of its own. Once on one of the fishing trips I put a wobbler-minnow, to which my experienced friend just shook his head reproachfully: “You don’t have to try – it doesn’t bite.” I believed in the authority of a friend and for a long time continued to believe that the bait should be exactly the same as mentioned above, and no other. This delusion of mine ended after I happened to be present at the filming of a video about catching a chub in the middle lane. One of the participants, a very experienced and knowledgeable fisherman, presented the basics of chub fishing to the camera.
He took out of the box a small minino from Duel – Yo-Zuri Hardcore SH 50 SP, threw it, started a very slow drive and immediately caught a chub! Without stopping his story, he took out a fish, unhooked the wobbler, let it go and from the next posting again caught the fish! After that incident, our boxes were filled with a variety of minnots, and subsequently we were convinced more than once that these wobblers often bring good luck, and when the usual “fat men” do not work.
Wobblers – insect imitators
Of course, to be honest, wobblers, in detail resembling in their appearance some kind of insect or, for example, a cancer, is, rather, an accurate blow to the receptors of the angler, but not the fish. After all, as the fisherman reasons: since this wobbler seems to me so similar to the May beetle, it means that the fish will have the same visual associations. Perhaps I’ll buy a couple of them. And give me that giant blue tsetse fly too. The problem is that the fish can perceive the bait in a completely different way than we do, and we simply cannot see the wobbler with its eyes. However, this does not mean at all that imitations of insects and other animals on the chub do not work. But on one condition: if you already bought a “fly”, then serve it to the fish so that its movements and behavior are the same as those of a real fly that has fallen into the water. A live fly floats with the flow, sometimes not moving, then, gaining strength, begins to flounder absurdly.
The task is to make our imitation depict approximately the same. Therefore, do not force the fly to dive under the water while pulling against the current, while creating powerful vibrations from the bait play. And when the bait is thrown upward and its game fails, do not complain that the wobbler is bad, as it “does not hold the stream”. He shouldn’t be holding her! A good example of the correct use of insect wobblers is one of the summer fishing trips on the Sosna River, a tributary of the Don. Fishing did not go well with us – almost nothing was caught, despite all efforts. And now one of us, Alexey, noticed a rather large flock of good chubs on the stretch. They stood right at the surface. The fish were obviously full, they had already filled their stomachs with all sorts of things floating down the river, and were just “hanging out” in one place. They reacted in a characteristic way to the wiring of various wobblers and lures: they parted widely, allowing the bait to pass in the free corridor.
And then Lesha put a “bug” – a floating model of a wobbler with a small almost vertical blade. The straight, slow, strongly wobbling drive of this wobbler did not arouse any interest in the fish. The same reaction, or rather its absence, was both to the fast wiring, and to the very slow wiring, with stops, and to the wiring with jerky twitches. Then Alexey tried to imagine how a real beetle behaves when it falls into the water: it moves its legs absurdly, practically remaining in one place. The cast, the cord is taut, the beetle barely noticeably moves in almost one place, almost without moving forward, which is ensured by the presence of a blade, and now several fish immediately moved, overtaking each other, to the circles on the water. As a result, at almost complete zero, Alexei caught several good chubs from our entire company.
The fact that when choosing a bait it is necessary to take into account the factor of the season, probably everyone knows. For example, when catching bottom predators, the standard scheme is as follows: the beginning of summer (the fry have not yet grown) – a small bait, autumn (the fry have grown, plus you need to eat large prey, store fat for the winter) – a large bait. But in relation to the omnivorous chub, it is necessary to make an amendment for its other food objects, their mass appearance and the frequency of activity. For example, on the flight of the May beetle, the flight of the mayfly, or the appearance of a large number of grasshoppers that have already grown up, began to actively move through the grass and regularly fall into the water. In early spring, on southern rivers, it is very effective to catch chub on black plastic “bass” worms. This is explained by the fact that chubs during this period partially feed on lamprey larvae – sand moths. And so on.
Puff Pie Method
It’s one thing when fish is visible below the surface of the water or there are clear signs of its presence. Then, most likely, a shallow wobbler will suit us. But if the chub is not visible, the place is unfamiliar, how to check the presence of fish, especially since by all external signs the place seems promising? In this case, I resort to the “puff cake” method – layer-by-layer inspection of the water column, driving the wobbler deeper with each wiring. To do this, at the point that seems the most interesting – for example, there is a big hole, channel ditch, etc. – we sharply accelerate the movement of the wobbler with the help of a reel or by making an energetic and amplitude hooking. If the bait did not reach the bottom and did not begin to strike the ground with the blade, then we change it to a wobbler with even greater depth. It is very good when you have with you a whole line of wobblers of approximately the same shape and size, but with blades of different lengths and, accordingly, depth.
An example of successful fishing using the “flaky” method was fishing on the Don, on a fairly fast stretch just below the roll. I floated the wobbler for a fairly long distance, the jet nailed it to the opposite bank, and in this way I was able to fish almost the entire channel ditch from one bank to the other. At first I fished with Jackall Bros, model Cherry, and caught several chubs weighing between 600 and 800 grams. These are the most massive fish in that part of the river. I tried to drive the cherry to an even greater depth, but realized that it was beyond his capabilities. Then I put in a much deeper bait – model D Cherry. From the second posting, I managed to catch a chub on her already weighing about a kilogram. He was probably standing at the very bottom behind some cover.
The main thing I want to say in connection with the deepening of the wobbler is – do not expect that chubs will always rise from deep holes, from a channel snag or from under stones for bait that goes in the upper or middle layers of the river. This is possible only during periods of high feeding activity. In most cases, the bait should be held in front of the fish in front of the nose.
Favorite wobblers and catchy
Undoubtedly, every chub player has their own favorite baits. As a rule, these are the wobblers with which he caught his largest fish. The angler usually retains holy faith in these lures for many years, and if you ask him to lay out his favorite wobblers in accordance with his personal rating, he will do it strictly according to their success in relation to large fish, and not on the basis of any “objective” information … But I must tell you a secret that often wobblers, like people, are just lucky. Often, remembering the capture of a trophy chub, we do not even think about the fact that if at that moment some other wobbler was tied to the cord, the result would most likely be exactly the same.