The article describes the advantages of soft spinning lures for pike fishing, the features of their application in different places of fishing.
Today soft baits are widely used for pike fishing. They have one very important advantage over wobblers, oscillators and turntables - low price. They can be used in fishing places where the fisherman will simply regret throwing other types of bait. Thanks to this soft bait allows you to catch pike in the most inaccessible places. These lures currently dominate the spinning arsenal.
Soft lures can be used not only in jig fishing, but also when trolling. Large vibro-tails up to 20 cm long with appropriate equipment catch a pike no worse than expensive trolling wobblers. Often a toothy predator comes across soft baits when fishing in a plumb line. This method of fishing is rarely used, but skillful anglers prove its effectiveness.
But mostly, spinners use soft baits when jigging. The advantage of this class of spinning lures is the plausible imitation of the fish feed object. Even when the bait is attacked, the fish does not immediately realize that the object is inedible, and continues to hold the twister or vibrotail in the mouth. And the spinning player, having missed the bite, has a chance to catch fish.
To catch pike, you need to use large soft baits. Their length in the unfolded form should be in the range from 8 to 15 cm. Both small pike and large will catch such baits.
All soft lures can be divided into active and passive. Active baits include worms, twisters and vibro-tails, which work thanks to the tail game. They are most effective for pike fishing. Passive lures such as foam fish have their own dignity. They are indispensable for catching pikes in hard-to-reach places in the non-hook version. Cutting fish using foam is always better than using a silicone model.
When choosing a silicone bait, it is important to pay attention not only to the size, but also to the pronounced game. A vibro-tail, which barely moves a “hoof, ” or a twister with a thin tail, is unlikely to interest a toothy predator. Good vibrations in the water during wiring are provided by twisters with a wide tail and vibro-tails with a massive “hoof”. Pike prefers to peck on such soft baits that have a slow and measured game.
When fishing on soft lures, it is better to have several snap options. The same model of the bait should be with an open double or triple hook, with an offset in the form of a non-hook, etc.
The use of soft spinning lures allows the angler to be creative and resourceful. One model can be used in different fishing conditions with different equipment and loading.
Successful pike fishing on soft spinning lures depends not only on the correctly selected and equipped model, but also on the wiring technique. And here you should know about pike preferences.
If we compare pike fishing and pike perch, then we need to highlight the main difference. A toothy predator loves to attack the bait during horizontal movement or at the fall stage. Therefore, even with step wiring, the horizontal movement of the bait should be longer than when fishing for zander. In addition, this wiring step should be slow. Describing with geometric shapes is quite simple. For pikeperch fishing, a fragment of stepped wiring resembles a triangle, while for pike fishing it resembles a trapezoid. Therefore, when catching a toothy predator, you need to be more sensitive to the selection of cargo. Under similar conditions for pike fishing, the weight of the sinker should be less.
When using silicone baits, the balance of load and base is important. Each twister or vibrotail has a minimum weight load, at which they work in free fall. It is advisable to test the operation of any model in shallow water, alternately selecting a load head. If the silicone fish plays on the rise, but does not play on the fall, therefore, a heavier load is required. For twisters and vibration tails there is a restriction on the maximum mass of the sinker. Excessive weight may not visually change the game of the bait, but the number of pike bites decreases sharply. Most often, the fisherman has to find out the ultimate boundaries on his own.
In pursuit of a minimal load of silicone bait, another difficulty arises. Such a snap cannot be cast far. The way out of this situation will be the use of a boat or an overalls. Then it will be possible to get close to the place where the fish were parked. And a short cast will not interfere with pike fishing.
When hunting for a toothy predator, serving soft bait is necessary from different points. This is because the pike ignores the bait that moves on its side. It is enough to change the angle of the wiring, and the fish immediately grabs the bait. Therefore, promising pike ambushes must be carefully caught from different angles.
The minimum load of soft lures is relevant when fishing at a depth of up to 2.5 m. At such depths, pike can hide at the border of reeds, under overhanging trees and bushes, in the windows of algae, in rocky ridges. Here the spinner should stay longer.
As for the depths of more than 2.5 meters, the fish need to be searched for on the edge, pits, swirling areas, underwater tubercles. And then the use of heavy rigs is justified, even to the detriment of the game of bait.
When fishing for pike, dragging the bait along the bottom often helps. And although this is more related to pike perch, in the fall the pike attacks the foam or polyurethane fish from the bottom.
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