At this time, there are three main types of artificial lures, these are spinners (metal plate), silicone (imitating) and wobblers .
Of all existing lures to date, wobblers are presented in the widest range. Before you go shopping, it is advisable to understand them a little in advance.
CLASSIFICATION AND CHARACTERISTICS
All models of wobblers have different characteristics, based on which they are classified. There is no common table for all lures. However, all spinning anglers who decide to fish with wobblers should know about the most common ones, by which they are distinguished.
This knowledge will help determine the choice of the right lure for fishing in a particular environment. Let’s highlight some characteristics:
- Body shape.
- Noise chamber.
- Oscillation frequency.
- Long-distance casting system.
BODY SHAPE AND BUOYANCY
Today there are many names of models of wobblers: CRANK, FAT, SHED, WOLKER, POPPER, MINNOW, SLIDER and many more new names, and more and more of them become every year.
The main criterion for their difference is the shape of the body of the bait. Usually it looks like a copy of the food item of this or that predator, but there are exceptions. For example, it is very difficult to find a living analogue of a too long minnow of 15 cm in our reservoirs. However, pike perch and pike bite them quite well.
In some cases, the form is made with a twist that depicts the bait of a sick or wounded fish. Such an auxiliary departure from the standard form will successfully provoke a pike choosing a sick or weakened object for its attack.
Such “deviations” are clearly visible in many models of cranks, which are made either with a bent ridge or with a pot-bellied tummy. The similarity is obvious when you carry out such a bait with stops: the sick fish weakened and began to sink or emerge. For all aquarists, this behavior of sick fish is very familiar.
They are made in three versions – floating, sinking and floating suspenders. This allows you to choose the most suitable bait for certain fishing conditions. For example, in the shallows, a floating wobbler is best suited, since a sinking one will collect bottom debris and algae during stops. In the encircled places, of course, a floating model is suitable, which, when stopped, will pop up, and bypass and make it possible to bypass the snag, while helping to avoid the hook.
A separate group are suspenders – wobblers with neutral buoyancy, allowing the bait to hang in the water column. This hovering property is especially helpful when the fish does not react to active drive and is passive. During a pause, such a fish stands still, acting on the nerves of a passive fish, forcing it to attack the “victim” frozen in place.
Finally, the smallest group has the sinking characteristics. Basically, these are deep wobblers for bottom wiring. Such a bait is given time to dive until it lies on the bottom, and only then the wiring begins. It can be either a jerky twitching or a stepped jig: a couple of turns of the coil – a pause with a touch of the bottom. Increased grip is a big minus of all sinking models, and as a result – frequent breaks of expensive bait.
Each bait has its own operating depth, or horizon, which is always indicated on the package. Distinguish between shallow, surface, deep, and something in between in the range between shallow and deep with a depth of 2-3 meters.
Let’s start with the superficial. Wiring of such baits at the border of air and water, the depth is zero. The most striking example is the popper variety. Fishing takes place in front of the fisherman, all the attacks of the fish are well traced, which makes fishing very reckless and interesting. With the next bite, the heart “kicks” and is accompanied by a large rush of adrenaline. Popper posting – correct and rhythmic alternation of jerks and pauses with accompanying popper “flops”. Such noisy fishing will not be ignored by our perch.
Surfaces can be caught by uniform wiring. For example, all kinds of imitations of mice and frogs, with zero depth. They are applicable in shallow water overgrown with a water lily, and near steep cliffs, from which incautious living originals often fall.
Shallow lures, with a depth of up to a meter, are used naturally in shallow water, in the coastal zone, as well as when fishing for a predator in places of active hunting. In other cases, fishing with shallow water will likely be the exception to the rule.
Suspenders in this group can be found most often, as they are more in demand among anglers. The fish stands very densely on the border of the algae or in the coastal strip, and only a long pause in the posting without sudden movements can make it bite.
Consider now the following lures with a depth of two meters or more. Visually, deep-sea wobblers differ from the rest by the large blade located in the front of it. Almost all of them have their own active game and great drag. For them, it is better to choose a spinning rod with an increased test load range.
The main wiring is the usual uniform. You can diversify the game with occasional jerks or temporary pauses in the wiring, after which fish bite very often.
It is also worth mentioning that when fishing from a boat to trolling, the lure moves a little deeper than indicated on the box. And when fishing from the shore, the immersion depth may change depending on the following factors:
– the presence of a current;
– spinning position;
– posting speed.
This means that if the immersion depth is indicated on the box – 2 meters, then focus on a wider range of use – about 2.5 meters.
With floating models, everything is extremely simple: the slower you turn the reel handle, the higher the bait will go, and the higher the tip of the spinning rod, the higher the bait goes.
Sinking baits work a little differently. If the position of the spinning rod acts in the same way, then with the speed of the drive, the opposite is true – the faster you turn the handle, the higher the wobbler will rise.
The depth of immersion is also greatly affected by the speed of the current. A floating wobbler will swim upstream, and if against, it will dive deeper.
The wobbler can have a different vibration frequency, depending on the specialization, the object of fishing. This characteristic is created in the aggregate by the blade of the bait and the shape of the body. A wobbler can be: low-frequency, mid-frequency, high-frequency, or not have a frequency game at all.
Low frequencies, with a wide sweeping amplitude, are very attractive to pike. Tweeters are most suitable for catching chub and perch.
Do not forget that some baits do not have their own active game, and do not mistakenly think that you have been sold a defective product.
No need to rush to return it to the store. Such wobblers are designed for the use of jerking wiring – twitching, if it is MINOW, or some other techniques: jig, jerking. In principle, it is better to immediately ask the seller for the characteristics of a particular model, or search for information on the Internet. Having figured it out, you yourself will soon be able to distinguish between them in appearance.
NOISE CHAMBER AND LONG DISTANCE WOBBLER CASTING SYSTEM
There are also wobblers equipped with a rattle and noiseless. A rattle is one or more balls in a noise chamber that emit an accompanying sound when wiring. By analogy with the oscillation frequency, the preference of chub and perch to the sound that came from small balls was noticed. The pike, on the contrary, most often attacked those lures that emit a dull sound, with large heavy balls.
The balls can also be used for maximum casting distance. When swinging with a spinning rod, such balls roll into the tail part, and during winding they pass into a special hole at the beginning of the channel, or, in the presence of a magnetic system, they are attached to a magnet. All those lures that are equipped with a high-quality long-range casting system fly strictly tail-first, which means that when casting, the leash does not overlap by the tees. However, a wobbler equipped with such an upgrade, especially if a magnetic system, is much more expensive than other lures.
As for the color, then everyone must choose for himself what suits him. But it is important to know that in different water bodies the predator prefers completely different colors. The choice of wobbler color largely depends on the following factors:
– the main diet of the predator;
– water transparency;
– active or passive state;
– Times of Day.
The wide variety of colors and shapes presented to date with a number of wobblers can confuse even experienced anglers.
The classics under are: silver (white), golden (yellow) and green (under perch), shades. Our fish loves them always and everywhere. Sometimes, for fishing at night or at depth, a phosphor is added to the paint. Some people think that the fish doesn’t care what color the bait is, but this is not at all the case. This can only be the case when fishing for active pike.
The color of the wobbler, as well as the color of all other lures, can be roughly divided into two groups: natural colors and irritating colors.
Natural ones are made to match the natural color of hunting objects: tadpoles, frogs, fry, etc. Under those that live in a reservoir or can somehow get there. Our predator reacts to natural colors almost always stably. But with the annoying ones, everything is completely different. YOU can get on an unforgettable bite, which will surpass the natural colors by many, and maybe you will not even see a bite at all.
Lures Crank (cranks)
Wobblers of the Crenk class are considered by some anglers as “bait for dummies”. The reason for such an offensive popular nickname is that they do not require any additional animation of the bait when wiring.
All of them have their own game, which is transmitted to the tip of the rod by characteristic vibrations. Some have too aggressive play, while others do not … But all of this class of wobblers, without exception, are united by the possibility of using them on even wiring. We will bypass such an extreme as twitching of cranks for now.
Almost all predators of our waters love lures of this class. They can successfully catch perch, pike, and chub, in general – this is exactly the class that is simply necessary for a beginner spinning player.
The main characteristic by which “Crank” is selected is the depth of the wiring. The most popular and versatile lures are considered to be from 1 to 2.5 meters deep. Try to do the wiring as close to the bottom of the reservoir as possible, without rising above a meter from it. However, a big minus of this group of baits is revealed here – an absolute guarantee of a dead hook for bottom debris.
The cranks, of course, beat off obstacles with their paddle, but only partially. In fact, breaking a wobbler is a matter of time. To get out of this situation, you need to pause the wiring as soon as the blade strikes the bottom. You need to wait a bit, waiting for the crank to float to the surface (the model must be floating), and then only you can continue to rewind the line. By the way, you will get a new approach to catching a predator if you do it on purpose, alternating between guides and pauses. In the water, such a crank is like a feeding, unsuspecting fish. And this is already a signal to attack!
Another good way to seduce a fish is to deliberately strike the bottom with a spatula, with short stops that allow the predator to float a little. Pike perch and pike are very attracted by the imitation of a swarming fish that does not notice anything around. But such wiring is fraught … It is important to remember that not all cranks successfully beat off obstacles, so the bottom of the reservoir should be as clean as possible.
Hard baits Minnow (minou)
A characteristic visual sign of a Minnow class lure is an elongated body, somewhat similar to our bleak (top-water). Not always an obligatory, secondary sign – the absence of any game or sluggish attempts to “wag the tail” on a uniform drive.
But, oddly enough, it is these wobblers that can bring you much more bites compared to cranks. You just need to find out more about the technique of wiring twitching lures. They have their own technique called “twitching”. Accordingly to the wiring, the minou is popularly called twitching wobblers.
Such wiring is a series of jerks and pauses, in which the “fish” seems to “come to life”. In the water, it becomes similar to a fry prowling or shying in different directions. Twitching is a multifaceted topic, so there is a whole section for it where these facets are discussed.
Twitching minows can stir up even inactive fish. This is their main positive quality. However, using deeper models it is difficult to trace the fish’s play. In such cases, it is better to use intuition (drawing in your head an approximate trajectory of movement with a certain jerk) and your own experience.
Shoreline training will be very helpful in mastering new models. You can start fishing after you achieve the first positive results. Mastering new items usually takes no more than ten minutes. So it is advisable not to be lazy and pre-test the bait in open water, where you can clearly see what mistakes you make.
But, in the overwhelming majority of cases, Minnow is used in shallow areas of water bodies with a depth of up to 1.5 meters. Fishing at shallow depths gives the best results. At the same time, it is important to choose wobblers with neutral buoyancy, which, during pauses, hang in the water column. The fry frozen in place awakens the grasping reflex in the predator and forces it to bite.
FISHING WITH WOBBLERS
All variety of lures requires a certain skill, experience and good knowledge of the reservoir. Since not every angler can afford to purchase a whole set of “fish” for every occasion, then to choose a wobbler, determine the following characteristics of the reservoir:
– water color;
– flow rate;
For muddy waters and deep places, you’d better choose bright colors. Wobblers with large “shoulder blades” and excessively high-frequency wobblers, in which the game will go astray, should not be taken for fishing on the current. Decide in advance what kind of fish you want to catch. Pike perch loves elongated minows with bleak, pike – large slow-moving baits, and perch prefers every little thing, if only it moves briskly. Before you go shopping for something new, take the time to get the most of the information available, and only then make your final choice.
Now a little about the cons. The only but big disadvantage of wobblers is its cost. There are also cheap Chinese counterfeits for $ 1.5-2. Many newcomers start with Chinese baits that have filled all markets. To check them, you can take about a dozen, come to the river, test them in turn, and then you throw everything into the trash.
The reason is the absence of any game, they swim like a tied piece of wood. And, as a consequence, there is simply no result.
Therefore, it is better not to spare your money, buy one branded working wobbler, and not ten Chinese ones, and you will not waste your time and money.