Spoons in ice fishing

Imagine what a surprise it was that first fisherman, who suddenly decided one day to try the classic vibrating lure when ice fishing. That led him to this: not biting that day on other lures, or maybe just curiosity or even hopelessness, because nothing else at hand was not? Nevertheless, the fact remains — fluctuating blesna firmly took the place in boxes not only anglers, but also anglers winter roads. Certainly attempts to use the seemingly non-traditional for a particular time of year lures were before. And, most likely, even unsuccessfully. But massively in Russia to use the old “spoons” in the winter began relatively recently. It all started with the advent of so-called pay-ponds, where the main object of fishing was, of course, rainbow trout. And it turned out that she reacts very favorably not only on the typical winter bait, but also on the summer “spoons”.

Someone will say that to catch trout on the “paysite” very easily. In fact, say those who trout fishing has only a superficial understanding. Fish this kind, and for her to find a key, especially in the winter — it is very very difficult. Properly chosen and fed to the fish table “kolebalki” works wonders… And soon it is time for “wild” water bodies. What, in General, logically. If the fish respond well to “spoons” of the cultivated water bodies, why is it not supposed to be interested in it in the wild, so to speak, of nature?

And… away we go! Here, it came out to rave reviews from anglers, tasted all the delights of such fishing. Rumors began to outpace reality. However, this is not surprising. The store was, if not excitement, then something like this: some models and colors being bought quite actively, as “birdie” has brought good catches. And that angler is not in doubt, so it’s “very secret information” from colleagues on hobby. I remember last year’s fun event at the legendary Rybinsk reservoir. In January my friends purposefully wandered into an interesting place marked in the Navigator even with the summer season, a deep watering near the bed of the Volga. It turned out that it literally occupied a medium-sized pike, and my imagination already painted a good catch. Surprisingly, attempts to offer fish rocker, vibe and the winter classic spinner without success. There was not even contact with the bait. Although from time to time here and there someone there, he would catch fish, but, first, on a large jig with a planting of “meat”, and secondly, a stable bite can not speak.

Going through a box of baits found myself prepared since the spring, but forgotten “spoons” Sabletta from Pontoon21. The spinner mass of 17 g at a depth of about 10 m easy over was may be too small in weight, but the compact was allowed to enjoy all the delights of her game. Actually was thinking to use Sablett’y or trout fishing on a “stand alone”, or in the coastal zone of the reservoir. However, empirically found out that for medium and large fish simply refused to respond. And what was my surprise when those few holes where before all was silent, turned almost disastrous fishing if not in fairyland, certainly not in idle pastime. The day was saved! Though, I must confess, a supporter of fishing in winter from under ice in winter your own lures that I make, but this case has strengthened my belief that you need to have at least half a dozen diverse “kalabalak” here for such contingencies. Always useful to be able to maneuver!

How to pick up spoons for winter fishing

If you decide to add to your Arsenal of lures for fishing in the winter, the “sled need to cook” in the period of open water. I’ll explain why.

  • First, it is clear that all spinners are different, have your original profile. So they will play differently. Keep in mind that they were created for fishing in open water, the method of “pivoting”, i.e. horizontal wiring. And we will use them in the vertical, that is to say, style. So, it would put a definite imprint on the methodology of their application.
  • Secondly, every spinner need to find the wiring. Some respond well to all the known method is uniformly accelerated rise and subsequent sharp relief, when the spinner has the ability freely to plan. And other “play” in order to avoid zahlyosta of the tee line, only the so-called “vents”.

    A lot depends on the shape of the spinner and the location of its center of gravity, and a method of equipping an additional hook elements (talk about them later). That is why I support training for the winter season at the open water because then you have the opportunity to see firsthand how summer reacts baubles on those or other actions of the angler. Many fishermen even in open water, try and cook their “spoons” for the winter, catching from a boat. This allows them to test the chosen bait before the winter season, to “play” with the diameters of the fishing line (by the way, below we will focus on this in more detail).

  • Thirdly, it is necessary to consider that the vertical game spinner is affected by the equipment of hook baits attracting additional element or elements (such as end sleeves, wool or a brush made of synthetic materials). I often use a brush. It acts as a parachute and slows down over an active bait. Times many experienced fishermen have noted that low-level bait well attract braked predator. Although you should not take it for granted. Fishing is so good that always surprises in store for us.
  • Fourth, we need to remember the effects of the thickness of the line on the game of bait. This is for the balancer the thickness of the line does not matter, because its construction will play, that is, to leave aside, as laid down by the manufacturer in any case. Further or closer, this question is not paramount. But with the spoon it was quite different. The thicker monofilament fishing line, and even multiplied by depth of fishing, the greater its impact on the bait. And we must remember this moment, because the impedance of the line most directly concerned and of the game “spoons” under the ice. And if fishing is conducted on the current, the thickness of the line affects even stronger. Due to the sail of the fishing line, the lure starts to rise above the bottom. It is necessary either to increase the weight of the bait, or to reduce the thickness of the line. Both to do to infinity is impossible. Plus, at greater depths the shock-absorbing properties of a scaffold (that is, its ability to stretch) adversely affect the overall sensitivity of tackle, not to mention the quality of the cuttings klyunuvshey fish.

    Many anglers have found alternative use for winter fishing special fishing cords. The undoubted advantages in such a tackle is. This increased strength, lack of stretch of the cord, and hence, a high sensitivity, the ability to use thinner diameters, which is very important when fishing on the course. And almost guaranteed even with large cutting depths. In theory this allows you to feel more confident when catching the trophy of a predator. Here are a few cons. The first and most important is the lack of the stretch factor of the cord. To draw out the major trophy without depreciation jerks fish is problematic, and there are cases of injury at the hands of the angler. Plus a big chance — “tightly” confuse “the twist” in windy weather. And even professionals are not immune from such incidents.

    Fluorocarbon. The absence of memory and the relative stiffness along with resistance to abrasion and lower coefficient of expansion make it a Prime candidate for use in the winter with lures. About “invisibility” is certainly not write — everything is relative. But from minuses there is no escape: for example, the need to use components of a certain design, preserving strength. In addition, when fishing is quite thick diameters angler experiencing some inconvenience in the installation of equipment due to the stiffness of the material. So the choice is made exactly at the place, but do not forget that not only the diameter of the line, but also the material of the veins brings about changes in the spinner work. Those who do not have the opportunity to test lures from the boat, often look at the game spinners with bridges, piers or jetties. This allows you to assess the quality of working visually. Unfortunately, preserver tub to the top to test is unlikely to be suitable. Too small depth, in order to evaluate the action of the lure in a wide range. If only to get a rough idea… But you need to understand the depth of everything can be quite different.

Of colors ice kalabalak

My simultaneously favorite and least favorite subject. Favorite because I like it when I have the reigns baits built in the head of individual harmony, where there is a place only the chosen colors. So, psychologically I have more confidence in them. And unloved because many anglers his vision of the choice of specific colors. And, as a rule, it is seldom fully consistent with my choice. The result is always difficult to advise something specific. Nevertheless, allow me briefly to Express their point of view on this issue. Well, when the spinner has several colors. By the way, they do not necessarily have to be combined. On the contrary, the unusual combination, the higher the chance to “surprise” underwater creatures. No wonder in the same balancers found downright riot of colors.

However, the color of natural metal no discounting. No wonder classic winter spinners dominated by the lure of two plates of different metals. Uneven reflectivity of two different metals, apparently, gives the spoon a special charm underwater, since so much time practically without changes such spinners remain one of the most productive lures. There are even strict adherents of the “pure metal” without any painting. By the way, there are spinners, which combines all the advantages of painted metal and at the same time its natural Shine.

Working and tested spinners

From all of today’s diversity I noticed on “spoons” from Роntoon21. And there are several reasons. One of their main distinguishing features is implemented in the design the possibility of using these lures in both summer and winter. Such a problem was posed at the design stage and it is successfully resolved. Focusing on these properties in Роntoon21 refused to impetuous expansion of the model range. Stopped on several models, but made them in different sizes, weights and colors.

The unique technology of the Deep color Dot Design (3D) in the last three models when the paint layer is not on the entire surface of the spinner, and in a special “pits”, have greatly expanded the choices. With this technology it is possible to achieve what the fish perceives the effect of this coloring as a natural, belonging to the natural object. In addition, and importantly, 3D is opposed to the mechanical stress of the teeth of a predator or underwater obstacles. Applied paint coating is successfully combined with multiple metallic luster from electroplated silver or gold coating. And now more about models.

Sinuoso spoon — “the pioneer” in the world of oscillating lures Pontoon21. Has a pronounced S-shaped profile. First, the model was produced in the amount of 55 mm and weights of 7 g and 12 g. Given the positive reviews and the trout fishing, fishing and other traditional predators, the model range further expanded significantly and due to the size (there are three; 55 mm, 65 mm and 80 mm), and weights (they became six: 7 g, 12 g, 14 g, 17.5 g, 21 g, 24 g). The spoon has already become the hallmark of the company Pontoon21 double-sided reversible colouring. In the palette there are only natural colors of metal. Good at catching first pike, walleye, but other predators have become trophies Sinuoso over the years. At the Golden trout 7-gram version of this spinner can act as a “magic wand”. I would especially like to highlight just above mentioned spinners with paint 3D (Deep Dop Design). All this family are painted in 12 colors under various conditions. Here gold and silver combine with various colors that are well distinguishable, but it is naturally diffused flare of the metal.

3D Spoon Sabletta. The ratio of length to width is the narrowest series in this family. The profile of the approaching S-shaped, but has a very original design: deep stamping outwardly the spoon resembles a boat. Performed well in standing water, and when fishing on the course. No harm will brush on the tee. Do not be lazy also experiment with setting the hook in the front and back of the spinner. But be careful, as the sharp strokes, though rare, but can happen schlecty of the tee line. Available in four sizes (62 mm 78 mm 87 mm 94 mm) and eight scales respectively (14 g, 17 g, 24 g, 28 g, 30 g, 34 g, 38 g, 45 g). Each length is available in two weights depending on the thickness of the metal used.

3D Spoon Sampliora. This series is the widest in the family of 3D Spoon. One of its main purposes in the winter — fishing in ponds. Due to the shape of the body is almost a perfect tool for fishing in the coastal zone. Available in large range of weights allow you to “punch” and a decent depth. The main thing is to match the diameter of the fishing line, weights, lures and anticipated size of the production. Available in three sizes (53 mm, 62 mm, 72 mm) and six scales, respectively (14 g, 18 g, 20 g, 25 g, 33 g, 39 g). So you want to name her typically the pike bait. Because it is often the pike prefers, so to speak, “wide-range” food. However, catch walleye cast doubt on this assumption. Moreover, we all know that pike often move with losowymi flocks and bream — fish is the most that neither is a “generalist”.

Sintura 3D Spoon has an intermediate form between Sabletta and Sampliora. A wagon like the tide and calm waters. Retains all the hallmarks of the series — deep stamping and original, incomparable profile. Available in three sizes (57 mm, 70 mm, 80 mm) and six scales, respectively (16 g, 21 g, 24 g and 28.5 g, 32g, 37g). Do not forget to try all the options of equipment: brush on tee, end sleeves, change the location of the hook from the tail to the nose. Sintura interesting showed itself when fishing from the bottom. After a pause, the spoon should sink to the bottom on a tight line to the control gear. Clockwork ringlet, which the lure is attached to fishing line, it is useful to put a “double”. Often the fish are pushing the bait to the bottom and the “double” here can do a good service. However, this method is good for all of the above lures.

Paco baubles pilcerova type. These spinners recently started to gain popularity when fishing from the ice, although sea fishing is probably the most popular bait for more than a dozen years. And now this type of baits is making confident steps, mastering and winter fishing. Actually. RASO — an indispensable tool when fishing for Chub in the summer. Know it all (the spoon is so popular that, unfortunately, already been fake). But not all know how good it is in the winter, especially when fishing on the course. Its main advantage — portability with a decent weight. Has a straight profile, but the weight distribution is shifted caudally. Has three sizes (48 mm, 55 mm, 64 mm) and three weights (10.5 g, 14 g and 21 g). And, of course, repeat all of the same recommendations: to work with the baubles of different methods, swap hook, equip it. Depending on the size of RASO has from 10 to 14 different color combinations. You see, the choice is more than sufficient.


Finally a few words about another way of equipping lures for fishing from the ice, which is used not very often, but has proven itself very well. Remember, earlier I talked about the method of securing a double at the head of the spinners?
In this case, we’re doing something similar: remove the tee from the bottom of the spinner and fasten it to the head portion of the lure in the same catchy ring, where is attached the fishing line or leash.

This method is especially good when catching a predator from the bottom. Angler is banging a spoon on the bottom, bait the lower part raises a cloud of turbidity, and tee, hairy tassel at the top of the spinners, at this point, delicious moves and provokes predator to grasp, In General, do not be afraid to try something new. Maybe it’s just well forgotten old… But such nice results!


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