With rubber fish and heavy heads on cod: Only a few cutter anglers try it and those who fish with it do not tell. Because the soft players are real secret weapons for difficult days.
The cod is begging for it There are days when it doesn't matter what we put in front of the cod. Lead, rubber, iron or worms - everything is greedily arrested as soon as it reaches the bottom. The problem is that such days are rare, very rare! The cutter's everyday life looks quite different. Often the cods let themselves be asked very much. Good anglers may then catch their fish at every second stop, less experienced ones go home with two or three cod or even without any prey.
Give rubber in the drift During the last pilk tours it has been shown more and more often that even such bad days can be turned around with the help of the right tactics. And the right tactic was mostly called rubber fish. Small jumps, big effect. In order for the rubber fish to play to its strengths, it depends on the guide. In no case should the jig be fished like a pilker with more or less violent jerks. I prefer to use the rubber fish in the drift - when the cutter drifts away from the bait.
The head weight must be right Now we just have to hold the rubber fish in the drift. Important here: the right head weight. The head must be chosen so heavy that the bait stays on the bottom. When fishing with braid, you will constantly feel a slight jerk as the bait bumps over rocks and shells. That's just the way it is! Every ten seconds or so, I give the lure a careful jerk. The rubber fish thereby performs a small bounce and then sinks back to the bottom on tightened line.
Drilling out from under the keel of the cutter For this to work properly, the weight of the head is again important. If we mount a model that is too heavy, the lure will either not lift off the bottom at all, or it will sink far too quickly. Perfectly "leaded", the rubber fish should take three or four seconds to reach the bottom after a short loupe. In drift (with the wind at your back), fishing with a rubber fish is a bit more difficult and usually not quite as successful. Now there are two options: You can also keep the rubber fish in the drift as described above. However, your line now passes under the keel of the cutter.
Disadvantages of fishing under the keel You will quickly catch a fellow angler from the other side and also larger fish are difficult to drill out from under the boat. If you still want to fish this way, you should choose a slightly heavier head weight so that the line is as vertical as possible in the water and the bait is not too much in reach of the other anglers.
Heavy weights on board The second option: you cast the rubber fish as far as possible and guide it back to the boat in small jumps - just like when twisting for perch or zander. We can use the same technique if the drift is not strong enough to make the rubber fish play. Head and body. The right head weight is quite crucial in cod twisting. In most cases, we do fine on the cutter with 50-gram heads. In very calm weather, 35 grams can be sufficient. To be prepared for deep water and strong drift, however, a few real heavyweights should be on board - 80, 100 and 120 grams.
Experimenting with the marbled Suitable heads with high weight with a relatively small hook are now available from many manufacturers. I combine the heads with rubber fish between 8 and maximum 16 centimeters in length. In terms of bait size, it pays to experiment a bit. If the cod are collecting small crustaceans on the bottom, small rubbers are top; if the marbled fish have an appetite for herring, it can be a larger morsel. We can also take our cue from the size of the cod. If only relatively small fish come on board, we should not unpack the large rubber lobes, but rather offer bite-sized baits. If you don't want to buy rubber fish in all sizes right away, I recommend 12-centimeter rubbers. That is the standard length, on which actually always something goes.
Colors that catch The color can also be decisive for the catch. Even with rubber fish, the familiar Japanese red is usually a sure thing. In clear weather, the combinations silver-blue, blue-red and blue-white have also proved successful. We could also make very good catches with rubbers in brown-glitter and yellow-red. And another top tip: Try black rubber fish with a red tail (available from Profi Blinker, for example) or even completely black models. On some days, the dark ones are a big hit.
Stimulating bait By the way: fishing with rubber fish is a really exciting affair. Often the bites come as with natural bait fishing. Then only a barely noticeable jerk or tremor drives through the rod tip. Take your time with the strike. Only when the rod tip is slowly curved is the time ripe. The cod hardly suspect anything when they bite the soft rubber fish. They often attack it a few times before inhaling the bait completely. If I get a short "grab", I react by changing the lure. Either I let the lure jump a little higher or I quickly crank it in a little bit. This change in the running behavior is often the signal for the cod to take it heartily after all. (Tobias Norff - Rod&Roll)
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