Zhivtsovaya gum on the lake

How to catch gum on the lake. What are the advantages of the gum over mugs and flyer-boxes.

This tackle showed itself in the best way on forest lakes, where I usually catch pike and large perch with fixed circles and flyer-bucks. In the heat had to change live bait very often. No more than half an hour they were kept in warm water. So, you must first catch the perch, then swim in the sunshine gear, constantly adding water to the canal, remove the bent and put fresh bait fish. While this voyage was taking place on the boat, the first sleepy little fishes were already whitening their belly up in the canoe.

Another thing - the "gum"

I usually didn’t deliver the goods. Choosing a place where a gully path stretched from the shore among a field of water lilies, I stuck a pine pole at a distance of about forty meters. A rubber shock absorber was attached to it at half-water. Sometimes the tackle was exposed from some clean toe along the coastal reeds or grass. The bait fish began to catch only when the shock absorber was already delivered and fixed. In the heat, perches were caught right under the shore, in the shade of the hanging alder branches, in the coves near the fallen pines and toplis. Here, in the shade, a spacious cage was lowered into my water, where live bait were alive and ambitionists all day, they survived until the next morning.

Unlike zergolits - fixed gear designed for swallowing a live bait by a predator - I usually put nichrome or tungsten leashes with tees on the “elastic band". At the same time, during the predator's grip, cutting is necessary. Self-motivation also occurs due to the elasticity of the rubber.


The zergirls are equipped with not very common, but catchy so-called “Finnish” hooks. The hook is a short double forend with sharpened sharpened antennae-stings without sagging extending to the sides. These stings when swallowing live bait are taken aback and the pike will not be released. The leash is passed into the mouth of the perch and pulled out from under the gill cover, and the hook, really resembling a tendril, is in its mouth. Thanks to the short forend, which does not reach the gills (unlike tees), live bait lasts longer. On lakes, where the current is usually not observed, I hook the live bait fish on the “elastic band” under the dorsal fin. For rivers, I have special leash-tackles, which are double single hook and double. In this case, live bait clings to the lip and under the dorsal fin at the same time. If you restrict yourself to one tee, bait fish, hooked under the fin, will rotate like a propeller.

Leashes on a live bait rubber band are attached to the undergrowth using swivel fasteners. This allows you not to resort to bloody surgical operations to remove the hook from the stomach or mouth of the predator. Easier to unfasten the leash.

So, the "gum" is rooted and carefully released into the water

Perches roam the leashes. There is no need to hold the fishing line and make pulls, as the bait fish themselves “work” and provoke the ferocious-eyed pike to its grip. You can only occasionally move the undergrowth with leashes along the grass by pulling and loosening the shock absorber, which allows you to catch different parts of the reservoir. When you are at the tackle, it is not necessary to hang the bell, as the grip of a predator is swift and furious. A powerful rod is bowing to the beat jerking on the shore, while breakers are boiling near the water lilies, bursts are heard, and if only they could withstand the tackle ... However, the rubber shock absorber dampens the jerks and jumps of a fish, if it is not too big. Clippings also happen, but this is a lottery of any catch .

It happens that during the time of eating large perch, the aforementioned tackle “works” better than mugs and zerlits. If the humps of a humpback are heavier than a kilogram, they are more reliable, then two-hundred-gram perches only tear the line from the splits of the girders and, almost without unwinding it, leave. The same thing happens in circles. Zyvitsa "gum" is sensitive to the grasp of a predator and allows you to hook fish in time.

Disadvantages and advantages of fixed gear

Of course, such fixed gears as a zerkla, a circle, the already mentioned live bait “gum” are inferior in recklessness and sportiness in catching spinning, but on forest lakes the large perch often “turns away” from the variegated turntables, twisters, vibro-tails, rippers offered to it. But desperately grab the aforementioned decoy baits a little more than a palm, tearing off silicone "tails" in excitement. I just combine bait fishing and spinning.