Catching perch and pike perch on a “knock”
I think it was so. Once upon a time, our ancestors were severely tested – they met the arrival of the ice age. For them, I believe, it was even worse than we survive the economic crisis. When other species that could not adapt to the new conditions died out, an ancient man – dressed in the skins of our ancestor with you – went to the bank of the river in which he caught fish with a bone hook, and was surprised to find that the water somehow became solid!
Having offered a prayer to his gods, he thanked them for the fact that now he would not have to swim to the coveted island. After that, a man broke ice with his stone ax and lowered a bone hook tied to a vein into a hole.
Thus began the first season of active fishing from ice. And then he (or his son, or great-great … grandson) tied a round pebble near the hook and began to knock this pebble on the bottom. And before this ancient angler had time to toss his bait ten times, he felt a lively aggressive weight on the other end of the vein. So the first man-made “eggs” appeared. To this simple tackle the expression “everything ingenious is simple!” Is as applicable as possible.
Millennia have passed, and the principle of operation of the “eggs”, as well as the “bombs” very similar to them, has remained unchanged: the weight bait knocks on the bottom, creating the illusion of a creature digging the bottom of a fish – a small fish, or amphipod, or insect. The main objects of catching “to knock” are perch and zander. Sometimes a pike also bites, but for obvious reasons, with targeted fishing for perch, its bites rarely turn out to be realized. Therefore, we will mainly discuss fishing for perch, although these observations are more or less applicable to zander.
“Eggs” are a load of conical, pear-shaped, spindle-shaped or even pyramidal shape (there are many options, as you see). In the upper part of the weight there is a hole through which a loop from the fishing line is passed. Two single hooks hang loose on this loop. There are other options. For example, hooks are in wire loops on different “sides” of a weight. Thanks to this equipment, it is possible to avoid overlaps and hooks of hooks for each other. I will say right away: I do not like this equipment, which, of course, has the right to life. Why – I hope it becomes clear below.
Briefly about how this bait works. Naturally, there can’t be any “game” in the water itself, but there is a clear and directed blow to the bottom, and since the “eggs”, unlike the projectile, “beat” at approximately the same place, there cloud of turbidity. The density and size of this cloud depends both on the weight of the “eggs” and on the composition of the bottom soil, the amount of silt on it, and so on. The weight of the “eggs” used for catching perch varies on average from 3 to 15 g, although I saw some sinkers and much more weight among some anglers. If the fisherman, without lifting the sinker from the bottom, begins to pull and weaken the fishing line, the bait begins to move. Depending on the shape of the weight, its elongation, the nature of the “movements” at the bottom can also differ markedly. The hooks during the fall first move along the loop as high as possible, and after hitting the sinker, they catch it to the bottom, and the bait folds its “legs”. That is, the hooks, in my opinion, resemble claws of a crustacean, but much more – the “wings” of an insect.
The classic “bomb” looks like a heavy “winter” bait with a ring for tying fishing line and a hook firmly soldered from the side opposite to the ring. The inner edge of the bait is flat or curved inward. There is another version of the “bomb”, which differs from the “eggs” only by the presence of a soldered hook (usually double or triple). The weight category of these lures used to catch perch is the same as that of the “eggs”. Above the “bomb” on the fishing line is usually put a sliding tee of 10-18 numbers (depending on the size and activity of the fish). Most “bombers” hang beads, cambrices on it or wrap copper wire on the forearm. What is characteristic: the vast majority of perches come across precisely this little threesome. Unlike the “eggs”, the classic “bomb”, depending on its shape, goes far enough (though not so far as the balancer) from the center of the hole after the toss, so it works out a large area, and the tee has a much larger amplitude of movement than single hooks of “eggs”.
On the market you can find a variety of models of these lures, and most of them “work”. However, it should be said that the “eggs” and “bombs” of many anglers are attracted by the fact that, unlike most other baits, they are very easily made at home or even in a pond from an ordinary weight or a load of olives. At the risk of incurring the wrath of the craftsmen, I note that I did not observe the advantages in biting with their beautifully cast, chiseled, or even soldered baits. In my opinion, this is more a matter of faith – I believe in my own made bait.