In my articles, I often talk about catching bait on improved silicone baits.
People with experience perfectly understand what they mean, but novice fishermen periodically ask a question, and afterwards they redirect these questions to me. In this short article, I decided to go over very quickly on the topic of how I improve rubber (silicone) baits, so that the younger generation had an understanding of what and how, well, some experience has appeared. For example, in my practice there have been cases when the purchased rubber just doesn’t work: it’s either too hard or the amplitude doesn’t suit, etc. Accordingly, there were less bites, and the mood was somehow not very good. But as soon as she conjured a little over the bait, it transformed and began to play in the right rhythm, pleasing not only my eye (and the joy of a fisherman while fishing is not so little, even without a catch, but having received moral satisfaction, we can assume that the day succeeded), but attracting fish, provoking it to attack.
So, I won’t talk much, first I’ll voice my methods for improving the lures:
3. Creating holes.
5. Change of form.
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From the name it’s clear that here you need to work with a knife or scissors. Sometimes it becomes necessary to slightly narrow the body of the fish, slightly cut the tail, make a finer transition between the body of the fish (bait) and the tail, so that the latter starts up from a slight movement.
Creating holes and notches in the fish
This is a method that has proven its effectiveness many times. It’s difficult to talk about any statistics, since I didn’t do any special research, but I have long noticed for myself that a couple of holes in the body and tail of the rubber bait have the best effect on the bite, although the bait itself loses its strength and comes to unsuitability. As they say, there are pros and cons. The holes in the rubber can be pressed with a regular ballpoint pen or a hollow tube of the desired diameter.
Sometimes you can make one of two lures
Take the tail part from one bait, the body from the other, melt them over the lighter, press them tightly together and glue them together. Such experiments are sometimes very successful. Specially, I don’t tear whole baits, but if a pike or perch tore off the tail, and the body of another bait turned into foam, then this method helps to do something new.
Change the shape of silicone bait
It is enough to hold the bait over the lighter, bend it a little, let it harden, and “voila” - the bait changed its shape. This is sometimes required when it is not possible to actively play the bait, but you want to create the illusion of a sick fish. By the way, the reverse procedure can return the bait to its original form.
As you can see, with rubber baits you can experiment and experiment, the benefit is that in some stores the cost of such rubber is not great, and the field for a creative person, for a fisherman who is used to discovering something new, is simply enormous.
Good luck and all the best.