Hitch fishing

Types of hook protection. Secrets of good swinging unhooks. Custom game bait. Loose gear must be selected for the fishing conditions.

Each, probably, spinning player had to deal with the problem of hooks and cliffs of gear. A lot of great catchy lures have been lost, often quite expensive. This is due to the fact that often the predator clogs into the very “supports” and “chapyzhniki”, where you can see and hear the blows of fair tails. And this often happens in the midst of complete silence on clean and deep reaches, where just a day before this beakless pike was well caught. And now, when the predator went into the snag and grass, all that was left was to watch its fight in the midst of the "branch frog", gripping the spinning handle with longing and envy.

For such cases, it is always necessary to have in stock various unengaged baits, some of which work without hooks for almost a hundred percent, unless in the thickets of aquatic vegetation grass blades attach themselves. Usually, however, unhooked ones bounce off the marshes, jump over sheets of egg capsules, flop into a window in the middle of this burdock and often cause here a grip of a predator, not as careful as in clear water.

Types of hook protection

There are various types of hook protection against hooks. First of all, it is the protection of oscillating lures by spring wires, antennae. Some baits are protected by a thick fishing line, while others have a hook sting hidden in the bait itself, in its silicone body. There are other ways to protect the hook. For example, at spinnerbates and buzzbates, the hook is open, but in front of it is a metal arch, on which a rotating element is fixed - a petal or something like a propeller. The handle has two roles: it closes the hook and at the same time serves as a mount for the spinner itself. This is a very catchy and ingenious bait, despite its appearance, which is absurd at first glance. Probably the most reliable way is to hide the hook in the body of the bait. Usually, an offset hook is used for this, turning his sting into a silicone bait: a twister, a vibro-tail, a worm, and other products made of silicone. Hooks with this method are almost excluded, but in order for the fish to be securely hooked, a good quality silicone bait is required, that is, the rubber should be soft .

Some of the most common include swinging lures like the Minnow Spoon. Non-hitching among the oscillating lures, as already mentioned, have a hook protection in the form of elastic wire springs. Among these lures are known for the quality of workmanship and the performance of the Kuusamo spinner. These Finnish lures have long gained popularity with anglers around the world.

Very successful unobtrusive baits are also considered foam rubber fish. Here, the hook protection principle is very simple. Double stings are firmly pressed to the body of the foam rubber.

As already mentioned, silicone baits with an offset hook hidden in the body of a slug, vibro-tail or twister are very well protected from hooks, but when using rigid baits, fish often go off the hook.

Secrets of good swinging unhooks

Good, brand-name swinging unhookings have their own little secrets that contribute to a stable bait game. In particular, a weight is used for this purpose, which is located in the head of the lures of this class. A striking example of the spinner of this design is the Finnish plastic blende Rapala Minnow Spoon. Apparently, it was from this spinner that the principle was taken, according to which now many such baits are made, both home-made and factory ones. The forward center of gravity of the snag is shifted forward giving a unique game attractive to any predator. In addition, this design serves for the stable operation of the bait in a variety of conditions. Oscillating unhooks have a weak point. If the springs of protection are too tight, then often the pike simply can not squeeze the jaw and the hook is empty.

Custom game bait

Sometimes to give the bait a non-standard game, somewhat slowed down and felling, as well as as a defense, silicone worms or twisters are planted on the hook of the oscillating lures. In addition, another method is used when connecting the hook and the antennae of the non-engaging spinner Minnow Spoon with a miniature twister creates a new bait with a game completely unlike the game of an ordinary oscillating spinner.

Silicone slugs and narrow long john type vibration tails work no less effectively as unhooks. Mounted on an offset hook, these baits protect well from hooks and hold securely on the hook due to the shelf that secures the bait.

Vibrating tails long john

There are also silicone worms that accurately mimic true leafworms. These baits are pierced by a hook, and then the hook tip is drowned in the body of the bait. Being an excellent non-hooking, these artificial worms are often the most successful bait, especially when fishing for zander. With the method of dragging along the bottom during the autumn step wiring, the grasp of this predator is often followed by a pause or at the beginning of the movement of the worm along the bottom.

Foam Fingerless Hooks

In a detailed examination of the game of foam rubber fish, also good unhooking, one can note their brisk and quick game, reminiscent of bait racing at the bottom, when the foam stick rises almost vertically, resting its head on the bottom. When equipping foam fish with heavier flat lentil sinkers, these baits acquire an additional game. When falling to the bottom, the sinker rises first vertically on the edge, and then falls to the side. At the same time, the foam rubber fish makes an additional circular brisk movement. Often at this moment a predator's grip follows, most often a zander. In autumn, baits are equipped with heavy sinkers and are indispensable for stepped bottom wiring, especially in late autumn.

Spinnerbates and buzzbates

In a detailed examination of the game of the other lures mentioned above, one can also note the non-standard form, somewhat exotic, and the amazing principle of operation of spinner bates and buzz bates. These baits, if we say corny, are made on the “two in one” principle, where the propeller or petal, already being a bait, is connected in the same construction with the bait on the hook. It can be a twister, vibro-tail, but the so-called “squid”, consisting of a rubber fringe, is more often used. Craftsmen-anglers often make these artificial cephalopods even from baby rubber balls. Both spinnerbates and buzzbates, which are very attractive to a predator externally, still know how to make sounds due to the rotation of their moving elements, that is, a petal or propeller. Among the baits listed above, they are distinguished by the fact that they work more in the upper layers of water. Being surface baits, under certain conditions they can be the most productive. And as unhooked, they are fortunate that the hook of these baits is open for hooking, unlike other unhooked baits.

Spinner bates


Pros of Non-Interlocking Lures

A big plus of non-hooking baits is that they make it possible to catch where other anglers with ordinary baits do not even stop the boat or move when walking along the shore of a pond at the sight of snags sticking out of the water and thickets of grass. It should only be taken into account that such grassy and shabby places are usually not deep. Therefore, one must observe silence and disguise here.

Non-hooking lures also need to be matched to fishing conditions.

For snaggy places, oscillating lures are most suitable. Spinnerbait and buzzbait are better suited for overgrowth of egg-pods. For shady places with duckweed and small vegetation, narrow vibro-tails and weaknesses are more suitable. For deep holes and eyebrows along the boundaries of these holes, there is no alternative to foam rubber fish. Well, and, of course, the most sneaky of non-catching baits are various artificial worms that are able to slip among sticky mud while being attractive to fish. Other baits are simply smeared to indecency in greens and mud.

Wiring unhooks

But the secret of the success or failure of a particular fishing is not always the only bait. If the wiring has its own zest, that is, it is not boring-motononna, but diverse and alive, then the predator can be tempted by even the simplest home-made bait.


For catching on non-hooking baits, a spinning rod must have special characteristics, namely, fast or ultrafast action, as well as increased power. This rod is different for this fishing from universal rods, which rarely have test values ​​above 28-30 grams. A margin of power or strength is required so that, if necessary, it is possible to drag the bait through thickets of dense vegetation and other obstacles, or as they say - "tear through the grass ...". But here, probably, one fishing rod cannot be dispensed with, because unobtrusive lures can be of various sizes and weights, where the range ranges from the lightest lure to rather heavy forty-gram oscillating lures. It’s better to have several different spinning rods left. In general, short spinning rods are used, ranging from 2.1 to 2.4 meters. Longer rods are not able to react sensitively to jerks with the tip of a spinning rod when twitching. They are somewhat wobbly and often enter resonance. Correct balancing of the rod is also required, where the center of gravity is always close to the front of the reel. With such a center of gravity, you don’t need to work with your whole hand for twitching, just enough hand movements.

Such a trifle as the small diameter of the first ring at the reel can create beating fishing line during the wiring and disrupt the movement of the bait. Well, you need a good power coil with a worm gear, large gears, an instant stopper. Wicker fishing line is used as having no extensibility, which means that it accurately and sensitively shows bite even among thickets of grass.