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How to avoid becoming a victim of fishing advertising

We will help fishermen to understand the advertising fog that sellers are letting in, with the goal of selling new baits, baits, and gear. Are they so catchy, as we are told.

Nowadays, fishing advertising, pushing sales of new gear, lures, baits, usually presents them as “improving catches.” Usually this is not an outright lie, but such allegations cannot be called true, and half-truths are of little value to the angler, and the realization of this is the higher the more and more often you fish.

As one famous satirist used to say – “how much to hang up”? That is, how much improves catches? Always, everywhere, for everyone? And does it improve at all? It is clear that there is a common excuse about fishing interest, saying that if it’s not even subtle, it’s interesting to try something new. But I’m not interested if it doesn’t add in quantity, quality of catches, and I’m sure that I’m far from alone, because there is plenty of interest directly in the process of fishing.

Winter lures
In winter I like to run a perch with a vertical, and there was a problem, succumbed to advertising – I bought branded Swedish and Finnish spinners a couple of pieces of different models, and of course, “pecked” at the balancers. But he did not improve his catches with these baits, no matter how hard he tried, there is no cardinal breakthrough! Virtually no worse than catching homemade vertical lines of domestic production. “Practically” because some effect from an expensive “company” was nevertheless caught, but this effect is so minimal that it can be neglected. Or maybe there is no effect? He simply inspired himself, justifying spending on expensive baits. If this effect is significant, when the fish goes to beakless, then another thing – give me this and more … But this does not happen. I tell many people how I came off on excellent perches with a bastard, having first experienced this bait. So, that fishing became a “control shot” in front of a protracted strip of a very weak biting of perch during a thaw period. The weather is gloomy – rain, mirror ice, transparent, two centimeters of water on top, perch perch everywhere up to 50 g. I spent almost the whole day, and did not take a single test fish. And until the light bulbs there were large perches of all kinds and other lures, including the bastard, which had invigorated me on the last fishing trip, the fish seemed to have died out.

For spinning
Or in a spinning rod with its incredible variety of artificial baits, which fishing advertising pushes most zealously. Especially wobblers, to which I have a prejudice because of their high price. And well, if it was justified, as in trolling, where fans of this method do not particularly complain about the price, because the wobbler is structurally stronger than all the other lures in the head, this is clearly seen in the catches of fishermen fishing on large rivers and lakes. But where are these global advantages of wobblers when casting, the same touted twitching? I believe only in my own eyes, and they do not see these advantages point-blank even on the most suitable for twitching overgrown, shallow lakes with working depths of 0.5-1.5 m, where it is full of pike, but it’s better to take it on turntables. I see how people catch on wobblers, but they do not catch more than lovers of turntables! I tried to tweet it myself, but something doesn’t work, and again I get lost in spinners.

I admit that I didn’t catch it, I didn’t understand, I bought the wrong models, I pulled it wrong, but after giving the wobblers some time, I am convinced that they can’t catch fish much more than spinners and rubber. There can be no wobble cardinal leap, a breakthrough! It just goes against common sense. If this were so, then would the lure and rubber survive? Can a spinner choose bait to the detriment of his catches? I do not want anything new, including wobblers. I know that someone is very interested in these baits, they like to catch them, it is the complexity of their development that attracts people.

Previously, he made wood wobblers with a propeller on his tail, painted some with his own hands, gave some to a friend of the artist, then covered with epoxy – it was super, and how many pikes he caught! Then it seemed that there was no better lure, but soon a banal ripper appeared, showing that it could catch better and bigger … A lot of things came, and the fisherman began to lure money, speculation began on our desire to catch – “and this is super-bulky must be bought.” But it was only many years ago, in the Soviet period, that there was indeed a need for purchases of certain baits, which were extremely few, and a significant part of “none”. I remember that in order to confidently catch pikes on our lakes, the “Udachnaya”, “Miraculous”, and especially “Chernoshinka” oscillations were necessary. Not to have them – meant to deprive yourself of a lot of bites. There was nothing to catch, if you look only at the shop windows. Now open the box of almost any spinning player, so why not just there! But for the most part effective rubber, ordinary and edible. The latter, by the way, is being advertised less and less, because they are starting to fill up the Chinese, which the fishermen already praise no less than the brand name …

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