Fishing Wobbler with blade and without blade

Contrary to popular belief, lures as artificial bait was used in the thirties. Just then they were called “wooden fish”, and they looked not so, as now. Later, when they were made of sheet copper and tin, they are called “arena” and used them while trolling. And only in the sixties, when the bait is spread among canadian and American anglers, it acquired its present name. The word Wobbler (wobble) means “to sway, to oscillate, to shake, to stagger, to totter”. All of these verbs in General is fairly reflective of the behavior of the lure during its movement in the water. However, more properly still be called it was Rapala, as do the Scandinavian anglers. And here’s why.

The first lures were Rapala

In 1936 a Finnish peasant Lauri Rapala had a penknife cut out of the pine bark the first wooden fish that have not called crank. Podrovnyal its file and paste over the bright paper, he went fishing on lake päijänne. A home to surprise his sons returned with an unprecedented catch. In the future, making a few lures in different sizes, Rapala was even able to sell fish — rich constant catches helped him feed his family.

Soon news about the catchability bait spread over the district, and Lauri began to sell wooden fish first neighbors, and then fishing shops. In the mid-forties Rapala have embarked on home-made lures, and in 1955, under the leadership of his sons was organized by the production company on which he worked almost five hundred people.

By the end of the seventies, the firm has produced more than 22 million lures, and almost all of them were sold overseas in America and Canada. The conquest of Europe crankbaits “RAPALA” began only in the late eighties. It is therefore not surprising that some anglers have not heard about this bait. Sorry. With all the advantages of oscillating spinners and turntables, they are not able to compete with the lure of ulovistost. And the range of conditions of use crankbaits much more than spinners. The main advantage of them is the game. When posting, they make throws from side to side, wagging, shaking and trembling, but at the same time can dive, ascend and re-immersed in the water column. All they produce movements by the looks alive and is even meaningful.

Fishing Wobbler

The level of complexity, fishing Wobbler is much more complicated in comparison with the fishing lure from the angler requires more experience, i.e. knowledge, skills and abilities in fishing. The reason for this is nimble mobility and increased dynamics. The nature of the game the lure may vary. In stagnant waters one game, on the rivers of the other, and the diameter of the line, and the mounting also changes the game floating bait. The presence of wind due to the sail of the line, also negatively affects the game. For example, when you install on the line next to the lure of easy weights – pellets game lure change dramatically with the change of the distance of the pellet on the fishing line greatly changes the play of the lure.

Now industry produces countless varieties of lures. Their main difference is size, weight, color, shape, presence and absence of the blades and other add-ons. In the recent past, the most famous bladeless baits was “piggy”, “Baltika”, “Monkey”. Currently their production is drastically reduced because of the huge supply on the world market of fishing lures.

Without blades lures in contrast to those with the blade in 2 – 3 times cheaper and more reliable. The blade or “wing” is a weak spot and often break, and without this part the lure ceases to be. It bladeless models, it would be better to start fishing practices to novice anglers. They can be supplied with built-in loops for connection with a fishing line. Thus, it is possible to change the angle of the line, and thus to change the game when posting.

Blade model already specialized for catching fish. Hydrodynamic property of every kind and model of lure, depends on the geometry and weight of the installed snap where the blade pitch angle one of the most important parameters. Secondary to the movement of the bait is affected by the diameter, the length of the line, the size of the angle of the spinning current, the wind, the speed of the transaction. The diameter of the fishing line and speed you should pay attention more in connection with major impact on the game of the crank to movement.

Often, the manufacturers for the correct fishing lures made by fishermen in the packaging Manual stack applications. Such lures are manufactured efficiently and better, test them in different conditions. The cost of such plugs is characterized by greater price. Often cheap lures are able to finalize a design change, but this is a laborious work. Many house masters like to buy bait cheaper and remake in top catchability bait.

Lures having variable angle of attack of the blade are very expensive lures. But this case is one of the few, when the combination of price and quality unnecessarily. As you know, the blade is the most fragile detail of the crank, and an unnecessary complication that steep of a node only decreases its reliability and durability. In addition, independent regulation of the blade pitch manually, so to speak “by eye” can lead to the fact that the lure will be impossible to achieve high-quality game.

As for the color of these baits, anglers can not come to a consensus. Some believe that more efficient are bright orange or red bait, others prefer blue, but most people use silver and gold lures, the colour of which resembles fish scales. Small disputes and undergoes a form of wobblers.

Some claim that the most effective are pear-shaped lure anyone disputes this conclusion, arguing confidently about high performance bananabrandy. But more recently manufacturers have started to produce lures, size, color and shape which, basically, is similar to the same parameters of these fishes. They even give specific names to their products: “sardine”, “perch”, “trout”, “roach”, etc.

But there are no difficulties associated with the determination of dimensions. But the range of fluctuation of their sizes is quite wide — from 25 mm to 25 cm and even more, but are considered to be the universal bait, the size of which varies from 4 to 9 cm in length. The small lures are ideal for perch, trout, ASP, etc. To narrow lures with a length of 3-4 cm can be easily caught bream, carp and IDE.

Crankbaits, whose length ranges from 15 to 25 cm, designed mainly for fishing of large predator. Bait longer than 25 cm, have a special mission — sea fishing. Choosing the crank size, the angler needs to understand that the larger the bait the more robust game that is less dependent on different parameters.

Small bait in strong currents, are almost beyond the control of the angler. And if the wiring runs across the current, the lure leans to one side and stops playing, moving in an arc in the direction of the spinning. But the lures of small sizes needed for catching fish that prefers to stay in the jet. Here the angler include all their imagination and ingenuity.

That did not come up the spinning, in order to get naughty crank to work! But all their efforts are only in an additional balancing of the lure. Most convenient for these purposes will be the use of ordinary clay. Choosing the desired color and shade it layer by layer is applied on that side of the crank, which, when the transaction is drawn up.

Applying layer by layer, thereby weighing the required direction, it is possible to achieve quite stable performance of the crank, but only until such time as the force of the current will change. And on many rivers the force of the current and its speed can change quite often in one day. And throughout the day spinningists have to scrape off the excess clay, then add another layer. But, as experience shows, these worries are justified.

This is not the case when fishing occurs from boats or surface structures, in other words, when the crank can only be strictly against the current. In this case, to achieve high-quality game is very easy — you just need to choose the most advantageous speed of the reference of the lure. There are times when fishing occurs from a high bridge or the Cape, where the current is too intense.

Here you can set in front of the lure on the fishing line sinker-BB’s. Changing the weight of the sinkers and the distance from it to the crank, you can easily establish the top course of the bait. Experienced anglers will likely make all the calculations somewhere on the deep level of the subconscious, determining the weight of sinkers and locally install it accurately. One more thing.

The smallest lures of the maximum open up when you use lines with a diameter of 0.12-0.16 mm. Wobblers of the average size should be combined with a fishing line, whose diameter corresponds to 0,15-0,22 mm. larger lures are attached, respectively, to the more durable woods, with a diameter of 0.25-0.30 mm. should Not be used very coarse fishing line and leashes. It will worsen the game of bait. To date lures are produced from different types of wood and heavy plastic.

But there are metal parts which made of copper or aluminum, and rubber, and even made of ordinary plexiglass. In addition, baits are dvuhmestnye and-part, that is composed of several moving parts. These lures fairly active, and posting and create an imitation not only of the movement of fish, but accidentally caught in the river small rodent.

Best composite baits play with a minimum PREROLL of the line, and this means that you can not use them when fishing in the river with an intense current. There is another kind of lures. They are often called acoustic lures. The device of this bait is quite simple. Inside the body there is a cavity, which is filled with small metal or plastic balls. Depending on the material used to create beads and the cavity itself, Wobbler when movement produces sounds of certain frequencies. According to manufacturers of acoustic lures, such lures will be successful fishing in muddy water or at night.

But some of the anglers with this opinion do not agree. They believe that cavity with balls only degrades the quality of play of the crank. Not dependent on the device shape and size all lures are divided into three groups: sinking, floating and neutral buoyancy lures. The lures from the different groups has its own characteristics and disadvantages. In order to make the right choice, you must know the properties of baits of each group. Cranks, as is clear from the name, is lighter than water. The most common lures of this group, made of wood, polyurethane foam and polystyrene. Least likely to be found lures, made of finely porous rubber and cork.

After floating a Wobbler was abandoned, it will remain on the surface of the water. Due to the special shape of the blade, when you retrieve the line, he goes under the water. If pulling up to stop, he again comes to the surface. This group is divided into two types: surface and deep-reaching. Surface lures are voluminous, often pear-shaped lure with a wide blade, the angle of inclination to the longitudinal axis of the lure is usually not more than 20°.

The wider the angle, the smoother the dip will be. To achieve immersion of the crank to the time of reeling the line up, it must be secured to the blade. This type of lures are recommended for use in areas where the depth does not exceed two meters. Small lures of this type (3-7 cm) do not need additional trim, being sufficiently resistant to flow. Big superficial wobblers (over 15 cm) are used for depth of 4-4,5 meters, but they are less resistant to flow.

From deep running lures oblong shape and small blade, which is located to the longitudinal axis of the lure at an angle of 60-90°. Immersion depth depends on the speed of retrieve and the angle of attachment of the blade. The bigger they are, the faster the sinking rate of the lure. Deep running crankbaits excellent play even at the lowest speed posting, but for them the game becomes less attractive to fish, becoming repetitive and monotonous. The optimal immersion depth of the floating wobblers directly depends on the length of the working area, i.e. the area where the lure shows its best qualities.

An experienced spinner, able to feel the stroke of the crank, can determine the length of this zone and change it, changing the tempo wiring and the tilt angle of the rod. The ability to change the length of the working area is a measure of excellence angler. But despite the professionalism of the spinner, its length can not exceed half the casting distance. From deep running lures, by the way, it can be close to the casting distance, but will never be equal to it. Based on these features and want to select the tactics and technique of crankbait fishing. The basis in the technique of fishing with this bait is speed posting.

After casting Wobbler you need rapid rotation to the coil to start at the desired depth. After that you should pause, in which the bait without stopping to play, POPs up. Then again, there is a PREROLL, but less fast. Next is a repetition of the entire cycle. When fishing in shallow areas, using surface lures, the pause should be kept to a minimum, and the speed of winding on the contrary increased with each cycle. Thereby it is possible to achieve the most rational use of bait throughout the working area.

Deep running crankbaits are more interesting at a standard speed transaction. It is only necessary to consider the point that the speed of immersion in water such baits at slow podmanivaya the line below. Having mastered the fairly simple technique of wiring floating lure, bringing further diversity in the speed reference of the crank and the duration of Delany breaks, the angler will choose the tactics of fishing that will match specific conditions.

Of course, all of the lure is heavier than water. Falling in water Wobbler almost immediately begins to sink. It should be noted that not all lures of this class opuskayutsya on the bottom with the same speed. Lures that have a density higher than the density of water, sink to depth at a speed of 0.3 m/sec. other (density about 1 g/cm3) sink very slowly. Consequently, the weight of the crank determines the speed of his descent to the bottom. So sinking lures can be divided into two types: melanotoma — easyand fast sinking — tazelie. The big difference between these two types is not.

But there are some differences in the properties of heavy sinking cranks and light lures of this class. For example, a lure with a density of 1.2-1.5 g/cm3 is immersed, at a speed of 1-3 cm/sec. And to speed up the process enough to begin podmahivala line. Whether the conduct of the bait from the shallows to the depths. This often happens when fishing from a boat, when the bait are from the coast, and also when you want to catch szabadka, while Wobbler runs parallel to the shore. External differences between light and heavy lures is not observed. They can be any size: from 3 cm to 30 cm, can be various colors, designs and shapes. But there are exceptions.

Some heavy has a small blade set at an angle of 30-60° to the longitudinal axis of the lure. And they are more stable when moving because of its heavy weight. And productive when fishing at a fairly great depth (5-6 m or more) in contrast to the light sinking (2.5 to 4 m). There is an opinion expressed by the authority with the theory of fishing, and many anglers from my experience, that heavy sinking lures are not suitable for bottom fishing when the bait is on the ground, at the bottom. This wording is not quite right, even if it is theoretically proved. Because of all the sinking lure can not be applied for the implementation step of the transaction.

On the other hand, the transaction speed is not the only possible and the most productive method of doing bait. Movement of the driving crank is fairly diverse, intractable logic and even mysterious, so pretty easy possible to simulate the behaviour of the victim. But no need to give ordinary fish a magical mental abilities, although she and a luxurious sensory system. Only the usual natural instincts control behavior of fish, especially fish predators. This should be a reminder for the spinner and all the used bait must be necessary to achieve effective results.

And again on the lures. Quite a lot of weight and not a big blade sinking options give you the opportunity to use them for the implementation of the conventional horizontal wiring. Moving horizontally, and light and heavy sinking lure equally good and on surface of the water, and at intermediate depths, and closer to the bottom. The predator is drawn to the slightest movement and very slow middle and a fast pace of transaction.

From the view of the structure of the blade and the front part of the unwinding of the drum of the reel harder or slower, depends on the dip bait into the water. But every crank has his own reaction to the change of pace posting. Therefore, using a new lure, the angler simply must learn its benefits. And to do this thing is more comfortable with clear water and very deep sections of the river with a clean sandy bottom.

Diverse movements of the rod will help in the game sinking lures. For example, if you pull the end of the spinning very close to the surface of the water, not stopping the slow retrieve fishing line, the lure can dramatically go in depth. Prowling the movement smoothly into the narrow fluctuations. Well, if podmahivala fishing line to make fast, the lure will be a vertical tail up, this will slow down, and its vibrations are finely tremble. And just lifting the rod over the water is very high, you can move sinking bait with a depth closer to the surface of the water. The trajectory, which should be moderately sinuous and smooth rise depends on the speed of reeling the line up (preferably medium).

Increasing the speed of rotation of the reel, Wobbler, can be displayed on the surface of the water and get to move in the direction of spinning in an arc. But if podmotat fishing line and to withdraw the rod tip left and right, then get to give it a smooth zigzagoon movement. The increase in speed of running of the crank and the frequency of movement of the rod will give us the change movements (gentle turns will turn into a vertical jump, is quite frequent and shallow).

Yes, the spinner, who is studying a new lure, not to be envied. Now let’s talk about the purpose of sinking of the lure, i.e. the fly fishing from the bottom. There are only two options for catching fish (which live or feed at great depths): active and passive. Thus, the active method of catching fish most commonly used and suitable for catching bottom fish in standing and flowing waters.

For outdoor use, and light and heavy lures, but if the current is strong, you should take the only heavy bait. The weight of the crank should be directly proportional to the strength of the current. Make the bait sink to the bottom with the help of reeling the line up. This is the essence of the active method. To determine the speed of rotation of the coil, which will provide a quick dive, impossible. Only by “sticking” specifically in each case. This sometimes is enough for 2-3 passes.

These training transaction not be called “blanks,” because they give the spinner the necessary knowledge: 1) regarding the behavior of baits under these conditions; 2) to help calculate the force, speed and direction of the current; 3) talk about the depth, bottom topography, and 4) and also about the whereabouts of predatory fish, or where it is not. A negative result is still a result.

When you touch the crank bottom the angler feels the fractional characteristic knocking sound that can be heard well via the rod spinning. This should retrieve the fishing line slowly to slow down or stop at all. A slight pause is possible if fishing is implemented in stagnant water and low flow. But if the stream is pretty powerful, moving baits you need to minimize the slow tightening of the line. In this case, the Wobbler or lies on the bottom motionless, or moves slowly over to the side, or slip on the sand, while poked a blade into the ground and picks up the dregs from the bottom, which in turn lures the fish. But the pause is needed to change the nature of the movement of the lure.

Pause or slow retrieve are used for slow and smooth transfer of the rod in a vertical position. Thus it is necessary to tear off the bait from the bottom and raised above the ground at 20-50 centimeters. Then gradually increase the speed of the winding mechanism, choosing the excess line and move the rod to its original position. Again, lower the lure to the bottom, continuing to rotate the coil in the right pace. In the end, the whole process repeat. That turned out something like a regular classic speed wiring.

Also there is a small “but” — in this case, the path of movement of the lure is obtained not stepped and scalloped (wavy line). And it is not so important. The most important thing that thus it is possible to catch walleye, perch, catfish and pike that lives deep at the bottom. Small lure choice for bream, carp and IDE, but the bite is most often realized in a moment of separation of the crank from the bottom and in the process of its slow stretching on the ground.

The active method has one drawback. This artificial reduction of the working area. Because the bait down to the bottom at a certain angle (not vertically). But this disadvantage is easily transformed into an advantage. Fishing on the lakes, near the bridges and piers or rafts involves the process of forced diving of the lure. That is why this method of fishing called active. So how active are fished all parts and depths of the river. The main difference between the passive method consists in lowering the bait to the bottom completely vertically under its own weight. This method is often used for standing water and small depth.

For fishing in deep places and in areas of waterways (the supports of bridges, dams, etc.) using heavy lures. Quite a productive fishing off the bottom using heavy compound crank (front part is lighter than water, back — harder). When casting he descends to the bottom, while the tail is at the bottom, and in nearly vertical position and freezes on the ground. The next step of the process — combine intermittent and slow your retrieve fishing line with the phased movement of the handle of the rod in the upper or lower position.

The bait is very specific (wavelike) motion. She squirms like a fish that wants to emerge, but it does not have the strength to break away from the bottom. This is a great lure for perch, Chub and large perch, as being close to her, with the lightning taking the bait like a fish taking off and float away into the depths.

The difficulty is that to find such a Wobbler is almost impossible. But you can remake any composite floating that will fit the size, color, etc. Which would give it certain properties, you just need to weight the tail section. On the shank back of the tee lure fasten the lead tape and you’re done. Remember that sinking lures can be equipped with a thick and strong fishing line. This is dictated by their weight and constant play. And it’s for the best. To the best that they can easily throw even against the direction of the wind, and can also be used with inertial reels.

However, it is bad that there are drawbacks. The main and the only important of them – the lures of a very clinging, passing through the bottom, hook everything you can, because they have two triple hooks. And therefore it is better to use in nezakonnyh places, but there loves to dwell quite a decent fish.

Talk about lures with neutral buoyancy. Relatively new, they are made of a special plastic, is made with a density that approaches the density of water. Incremental balancing of these lures are made by metal or plastic pellets, which are moving more and create a lot of noise. Artificially created lures with neutral buoyancy have different sizes, colors and shapes. Visually they do not differ from the floating and sinking wobblers. But the magic happens when they fall in the water.

These lures can have any depth simple podmahivala fishing line at different speeds. If podmahivala to stop, then neutral Wobbler will stand in the water at the desired depth. However, his movement is excluded. But he will catch the slightest fluctuations of water and subtly react to more or less line tension.

As a result, she starts to sway, moving in horizontal, in vertical planes. Gradually creates cascades of chaotic and disparate movements, even if it is a pond with standing water. Because of the nature of perfect peace does not happen. Convection currents of water are everywhere. And in the presence of intense currents neutral Wobbler remains at the desired depth, while engaging in a immeasurable jump constantly, one race follows another.

It’s hard to believe this crazy dance dancing the lure attracts all sorts of close to fish like a magnet. Small perch and roach, and roach caught on this trick, as well as bleak will definitely be interested in this bait. Often it is even so that the fish is hooked sideways or tail size with a very bait. That’s wonders! True neutral Wobbler hard to find. The reason — a lot of fakes and sold quality products. Yes, even high price level and lack of knowledge among anglers about the amazing advantages of the new. Here the demand determines the offer. But over time, it takes everything, recently because the demand was not on lures.

In a standing pond Wobbler with neutral buoyancy also dancing, but with certain movements. Throws and deliver the bait at a certain depth, then withstanding a pause in the amount of 3-4 seconds and then start slowly, at a speed of 3-5 cm/sec. podmotat fishing line. Choose 10-15 cm and again we have a break, and repeat until the end. Probably, there are many new techniques that are designed to diversify the game of the crank, but still it is new and poorly understood and the spinning to determine how best to use this lure and what methods to play the game depending on the circumstances.

Note: first, if the Wobbler is moved in the upper layers of water, the fundamental difference from the floating models has not. To lead the bait slowly to keep at a depth of one to two meters. Second, with the gradual posting with a not high and not low speed neutral Wobbler similar to floating deep running lure when it is immersed to a depth of 3-5 meters. And for fast uniform wiring is lowered to a depth of from five to seven meters and behaves as a sinking model.

Third, for each of neutral, crank the temp wiring is chosen very individually. Individual and sinking rate of each model at a given depth. Casting distance, neprilichiya 40-45 meters will help manage the neutral crank and drive it. But if this recommendation does not comply, then the excess fishing line and its weight and area, and the resistance will be a huge barrier between the bait and the angler. Fourth, the rod can be equipped with only a fishing line, which is recommended by the manufacturer and parameters of which are specified in the data sheet for each model.


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