- How to choose a catchy winter spoon
- Rating of the best winter lures
- The best winter lures for perch
- Nils master hanski
- Kuusamo Kilpa-Loiste
- Rapala harja
- Kuusamo SIIPI-LEIJA
- Kalamies 6 Hop-Mes
- Rapala Bergman BWB030 SG
- Lucky john scandi
- The best winter lures for walleye
- HALCO OUTCAST
- Kuusamo SIMFONIA
- Kuusamo SERENADI
- HALCO TWISTY
- RAPALA SM-Pirken Glow
- NILS MASTER JALO
- Nord water ‘s “Dopey”
How to choose a catchy winter spoon
Despite the fact that ice fishing from the hole is not the prerogative of all the countries producing baits, the market is overflowing with specialized models of lures. Not every experienced angler can make the right, and in all respects, a competent choice, and for beginners, the buying process becomes a real lottery. In order to avoid mistakes and not waste money, we recommend that you pay priority attention to the following aspects:
Type of spoon. It’s not a secret for anyone that special vertical spoons are used for vertical spinning. However, this category also has its own division. All verticals are divided into:
- nailing – practically do not deviate from the hole during animation, have good accuracy and are mainly used for fishing at great depths;
- gliders – have significant amplitudes of deviations from the plumb line, resemble rushing fry and are caught mainly in the upper depth horizons.
When fishing for perch, the choice of gliding lures is most preferable, while it is more expedient to go for zander (and other deep-sea predators) with a nail lure.
The center of gravity. The game of the spinner depends very much on the position of the center of gravity, which consists in the behavior when swinging and then lowering the bait to the nominal level. Traditionally, there are three variants of the location of this center:
- from below – a different-amplitude game of spinners is provided when deviating from the axis of the hole;
- in the middle – the bait occupies an almost ideal horizontal position and sways attractively without deviating from the axis;
- above – the rarest, but at the same time the most ‘lively’ type of location of the center of mass, forcing the spoon to write out unimaginable pirouettes. Neither perch, nor pike perch, nor pike, nor other commonly caught fish species can resist playing such models.
Hook type and attachment. Winter fishing from the hole is unique in that it gives anglers the right to freely choose the configuration of both the spoon itself and its accompanying accessories. There are four options for hooks on verticals:
- soldered single hook;
- rigidly fixed tee (less often a double);
- hanging hook (single, double or triple);
- hanging hook on a metal chain.
Each of these options gives the spoon useful properties, but also has characteristic vulnerabilities.
Rating of the best winter lures
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|The best winter lures for perch||1||Nils master hanski||540 RUB|
|2||Kuusamo Kilpa-Loiste||278 r|
|3||Rapala harja||373 r|
|4||Kuusamo SIIPI-LEIJA||194 r|
|5||Kalamies 6 Hop-Mes||RUB 790|
|6||Rapala Bergman BWB030 SG||490 RUB|
|7||Lucky john scandi||RUB 300|
|The best winter lures for walleye||1||HALCO OUTCAST||408 RUB|
|2||Kuusamo SIMFONIA||235 RUB|
|3||Kuusamo SERENADI||252 RUB|
|4||HALCO TWISTY||306 RUB|
|5||RAPALA SM-Pirken Glow||RUB 350|
|6||NILS MASTER JALO||540 RUB|
|7||Nord water ‘s “Dopey”||RUB 180|
The best winter lures for perch
Nils master hanski
The leader in the rating by the number of consumer votes, the Hanski winter lure was developed in close cooperation with Nils Master with a group of professional anglers participating in prestigious world championships. Having enlisted such powerful support, manufacturers quickly determined the most optimal dimensions of models, colors and features of building a contour for a productive game in the water column. The presented spinners received lengths of 35, 50, 60 and 75 millimeters, each of which has its own limits of applicability. However, they all have one thing in common – they are too tempting for a nimble perch. Without the ratio of its own size to the size of the artificial ‘prey’, the small impudent predator rushes into the attack with lightning speed, barely seeing the primary alluring elements. These include the glare created by the smooth surface and the bright drop on the Owner tee.
Anglers recommend animating the Nils Master Hanski winter lure with short, low-amplitude jerks of the rod with a gradual raising and dropping. Such a game is able to attract not only an active predator, but also stir up sedentary individuals. The price parameter of the spoon refers it to the segment of expensive baits, but the funds spent on the purchase will definitely pay off.
- a wide range of colors (glare and classic);
- the ability to animate at various amplitudes of motion;
- high-quality body kit from Owner with a bright front sight in the center;
- four modifications in the line;
- not found.
The extremely beautiful winter lure Kilpa-Loiste from the Finns from Kuusamo got into the rating by no means by chance, becoming the most productive element of winter hunting equipment for nimble perch. With a length of 3.5 centimeters, its weight is only 3 grams, which provides a slow sinking of the bait to a depth with a large amplitude of drift. Such movements are rarely noticed by the fish, however, with an advantageous combination with color design, the situation changes radically. The symbiosis of a gold finish (pink or natural) and a reflective film creates an amazing play of light on the spoon, even in conditions of limited lighting due to the thickness of the ice. The Kilpa-Loiste tee has two rubber rings to add a defiant look and orient the predator to the attack site.
It is noteworthy that with such a performance, the spinner barely crosses the threshold of the middle price segment. Its purchase is unlikely to greatly affect your financial condition, but there are more than enough useful dividends.
- a successful combination of reflective film and a bright color base;
- average price;
- strong deviation from the plumb line when making a dash, reminiscent of throwing a fry;
- soft immersion in water with vertical lure;
- compactness, suitable for perch fishing;
- not found.
According to the manufacturer itself, the Rapala Hajra winter vertical lure is a private modification of the Arkku model, which has a slow and smooth game with elements of floating in the water column. Accompanied by the setting of a single hook from the VMC, through a chain connected to the body of the spoon. It has three overall dimensions in the series: 5.5, 7 and 8.5 centimeters, which correspond to 6.7 and 14 grams of weight.
According to users, all variants of the Rapala Harja have a pronounced sharpening for catching grayling, pike and perch of various sizes. Moreover, all the color options that are only available in the company’s assortment (monochromatic lures for silver and combinations of silver with copper and gold) are fired on the reservoir. Opinions differ regarding the cost, however, unlike the same 6 Hop-Mes, the average price tag is almost two times lower. All in all, the Harja winter lure appears to be an excellent model, especially when taken in isolation against competing lures.
- absolute catchiness of all color schemes in the line;
- the possibility of a radical change in the game of the bait when moving the hook;
- single, but very tenacious hook from VMC;
- soft, planning play that attracts even a passive predator;
- three different modifications according to the dimensions of the spoon;
- not found.
One of the few Kuusamo winter lures, still handcrafted, is a worthy contender for the best winter perch bait. It differs from its competitors in its non-trivial appearance, non-standard movement and actual uniqueness, since it does not have a single serious analogue on the market. In the upper part of SIIPI-LEIJA there are two glider wings that act as a kind of balancer. When diving to a depth, the resistance of the water makes the spoon sway from side to side, and the wings add amplitude to these movements, completely capturing the attention of predators from all over the area. In addition, a red speck in the tail part, imitating a wound on the body of a spoon, has a luring effect.
Kuusamo Leija comes in 50, 70 and 90 millimeters in length, with a weight of 6.10 and 15 grams, respectively. All of them, to one degree or another, are suitable for winter perch fishing, but they are no less good at pulling pike and zander. The cost does not hit the wallet very much, and therefore the most scrupulous consumers can buy a spoon.
- rich colors;
- effective immersion play;
- manual work, excluding machine defects;
- the presence in the line of three modifications;
- original glider design;
- not detected.
Kalamies 6 Hop-Mes
The next line of the rating goes to the aesthetic and gorgeous vertical 6 Hop-Mes lure from Kalamies. Having been on the market for over ten years, it has managed to gain popularity among professional anglers who rely on the correct operation of the lure in the water with various options for vertical movement. With a length of 6 centimeters, the Hop-Mes has a significant mass, which makes it possible to penetrate horizons up to 8 meters. Yes, catching perch at such a depth is at least not rational, but after all, no one considered this lure to be ‘exclusively perch’. She perfectly carries pike perch, pike, and other deep-sea predators, thereby beating off its value.
By the way about the price tag. Largely because of him, Kalamies 6 Hop-Mes is practically not found among fishing beginners. Anyone who wants to buy this spoon for their collection will have to pay at least 800 rubles. However, be sure: such a serious spending on the bait can threefold payback itself already at first.
- the possibility of sheer fishing at depths of up to 8 meters;
- a manic game with high-amplitude ripples during immersion;
- pleasant appearance, limited to two color options;
- high catchability of a predator found in various layers of the reservoir;
- very high price, excluding beginners from the target audience.
Rapala Bergman BWB030 SG
The Rapala Bergman BWB030 SG winter lure also got into the rating as a very old but reliable ‘fighter’ with perch and small pike. Lacking the grace of Lucky john scandi and the aesthetics of the Kalamies spinner, it has an excellent provocative movement, with a little twitching, exactly imitating the chaotic throwing of fry in a confined space. With a long movement with a fishing rod, this winter lure completely moves a considerable distance from the hole, thereby demonstrating an imaginary independence from other people’s manipulations. For more provocation of the predator, the tee of the spinner has a bright red drop that serves as a target for a targeted, accented and smashing attack.
The Rapala Bergman BWB030 SG line of winter lures includes 6 lures, the length range of which varies from 30 to 80 millimeters (and weighs from 4 to 17 grams, respectively). For catching perch, on the case, each of them is suitable, but with a slight restriction on the size of the prey itself in the fished pond. The cost looks a little overpriced, especially in relation to visual scarcity, but it quickly pays off in the first days of fishing.
- excellent adaptability of all models of the line to perch fishing;
- the presence of a provoking drop on the hook;
- high efficiency, proven over the years of operation;
- decoy, provocative game, reminiscent of throwing fry;
- slightly overpriced;
- external scarcity of design and body kit.
Lucky john scandi
The classic line of Scandinavian-type spinners, which has earned a hit in the rating due to the precise work of manufacturers on the smallest aspects of the game in all the variety of models. Includes several variations of lures at once with a single hook on a leash or a tee with a bright three-color drop in the middle. When diving to a depth, it plans and sways with a small amplitude, which actively attracts even a passive predator.
According to users, the most suitable Scandi model for fishing perch is the 3.5cm T-piece, weighing 6.7 grams, which can vary widely in depth to find active humpbacks. From the point of view of cost, this model leaves almost all competitors out of work, paying off already at the first productive fishing.
- low price;
- the presence of a provoking drop on tee variations;
- smooth attractive movement;
- small but sturdy tees included, and no less hooked single hooks;
- not found.
The best winter lures for walleye
It is not by chance that the Halco Outcast wobble winter lure has reached the leading positions of the rating, because both the question of cost and all the accompanying technical characteristics play in its favor. Visually, the metal model is a full-fledged fish fry, with a characteristic relief imprint on the lateral surfaces, realistic 3D eyes and color (both neutral and provocative). One type of spoon becomes enough to seriously interest a predator, which most often becomes a pike perch and other deep-sea inhabitants.
In the overall dimensions of the representatives of the Outcast series, the main emphasis was placed on a clear ranking of spinners by weight. The most popular for pike perch fishing continues to be the 20-gram model – the smallest in the line and the most flexible for vertical lure. From the point of view of users, it is she who is the flagship of Outcast and only in her can you find the perfect combination of price and quality.
- low price;
- wide range of models;
- high catchability in river (pike perch, asp) and sea areas (mackerel, cod);
- great exterior design;
- not detected.
As practice shows, Kuusamo adheres to the strictly defined principle of minimalism in matters of the appearance of lures. Its next representative in the form of the SIMFONIA model is very similar to the previously considered SERENADI, but it still has a number of characteristic differences in a number of features. Rejecting thoughts about the smooth outline of the contour, the manufacturer began to create an angular profile with a characteristic active animation with a sheer spinning. The immersion of SIMFONIA to the depth is accompanied by a changeable game, replacing planning with vibration and chaotic yaw. Not a single self-respecting predator is able to miss such a sight.
The main similarity of this winter spoon with SERENADI lies in the plane of overall dimensions and colors. With a universal body length of 6 centimeters and 9 grams of weight, SIMFONIA becomes a tasty prey for quite large and small fish such as pike perch and pike. All other things being equal, this winter lure looks preferable to its ‘sibling’ in the manufacturer … even though the problem of an unsuitable hook has not been closed.
- active changeable play when immersed in water;
- high catchability of the river predator (mainly pike perch);
- universal dimensions;
- wide color variation with flexes on the front;
- same single crochet problems as SERENADI.
Another representative of Finnish manufacturers in the person of Kuusamo SERENADI is a very remarkable vertical spoon, striking in its unpretentiousness and, nevertheless, phenomenal demand among river predators. The profile of this ‘stick’ completely resembles the look of the classic minnow wobbler, as well as its habits when working in a pond. Smoothly sinking to the required horizon, SERENADI makes characteristic low-amplitude vibrations that do not go unnoticed by vigilant fish.
In fact, the only factor holding back this excellent spinner is the actual lack of a series as such. With good (in a sense, universal) body parameters – namely, 7 centimeters in length and 9 grams in weight – she can easily carry medium and small predators, but often more is required to catch a trophy. A modest single complete hook also leads, the replacement of which allows you to solve problems with a break and a lack of hook. Due to the low cost and catchability of the winter lure, Kuusamo SERENADI has every right to get into the collection of any angler, but only on condition of catching medium-sized fish.
- The optimum ratio of price and quality;
- good fishing for zander;
- characteristic low-amplitude play that arouses the interest of a predator;
- wide variability in color selection;
- weak ‘body kit’ for hunting a trophy predator.
According to many authoritative publications, the Halco Twisty winter lure is the most successful variation of the vertical lure that has ever appeared for use by anglers. The contour of the model, curved towards the ends, creates the most attractive-looking game that no other bait can do. In addition, the limits of applicability allow it to work perfectly with both slow and very fast wiring, without ‘choking’ on the go.
The huge variability in size makes Halco Twisty even more versatile. While models from 15 to 70 grams are great for catching trophy asp and catfish, lures 1.5-10 grams are ideal for catching perch, pike and large zander in winter. Such a spoon is produced in two basic colors – gold and chrome, with a special holographic insert of the Sparkle type. A slight difficulty in terms of buying can create the cost of these spinners, which traditionally stands out strongly against the background of all the same competitors. Rest assured, however, that the initial investment will more than pay off during the fishing season.
- a huge series (from 1.5 to 70 grams);
- the ability to fish with slow and fast retrieves;
- excellent engagement of complete tees;
- attractive external data;
- high price.
RAPALA SM-Pirken Glow
The catchy winter lure SM-Pirken Glow is a modified version of the popular Pirken model, which has received many accolades in the world fishing arena. Rapala has deliberately redesigned its running lure with the qualities it needs to effectively lure and trap predators in difficult steep fishing conditions. In particular, the weight has undergone a change, deliberately reduced with a constant body length (for example, in the SMPG10 model, only 2.3 grams of weight is 3 centimeters in length). The coloring received a smooth gradient transition from a bright (red, green or blue) crown to a softer main part.
In addition to purely stylistic solutions, the SM-Pirken Glow lure has acquired a powerful hooked tee with a drop, the accentuated look of which irritates the predator and makes it mindlessly rush into the attack. Such a winter spoon is worth quite decently, slightly more expensive as you move along the size range (some stores have options for a 5.5-centimeter spoon with a weight of 12 grams).
- visual qualities (gradient coloring, 3D eye);
- powerful and hooked fittings;
- high catch rates on the world stage;
- wide range of models;
- somewhat high price.
NILS MASTER JALO
The Nils Master Jalo vertical winter lure has made it to the rating due to its combination of unusual performance, accompanying catching power and remarkable fishing versatility. The representatives of this series can be used throughout the year, freely replacing the hooks depending on the specific season. According to the manufacturer’s standard, complete with all variations of lures by standard size (of which there are only two on the market at the moment), small hooks are supplied, suitable for vertical lure in winter. In addition to a drop in the central part, they have a connecting spacer in the form of a metal leash, which skillfully imitates the movement of a ‘tail’ in water. The spoon itself has a pronounced oscillatory game, which is achieved due to the special geometry of the profile.
According to experienced consumers, there is no significant difference between the two Jalo models on the market (65 and 75 millimeters in length, 8 and 12 grams in weight). All of them have good flight characteristics and excellent catchability when changing hooks on both sides according to the season. The only drawback of the series is the cost, however, it also fights back for a couple of trips to the reservoir.
- original profile design;
- universal lure for fishing in winter and summer (subject to changing tees to more powerful ones);
- widespread in the market;
- complete hook with a leash and a bright alluring drop;
- high price.
Nord water ‘s “Dopey”
Winter baubles, the purpose of which is eloquently noted in the name itself. However, in spite of everything, it shows itself perfectly both when fishing for perch (in the variation of 40 and 50 millimeters), and when fishing for pike (models from 50 to 70 millimeters long). Due to the presence of a small deflection, it shows an exceptionally expressive and high-amplitude game on the reservoir, moreover, both with sheer trolling in the winter, and with spinning fishing in a cast. The smoothed monochromatic surface of the ‘Sudachya’ shines perfectly in the sun, thanks to which it actively attracts predators from the depths. To enhance this effect, one of the surfaces of the bait has a flex insert, which adds variety to the appearance and disorder of bright highlights.
According to the fishermen, Nord Water’s “Sudachya” is excellent in any fishing period. Its catchability largely depends on the spinning technique, which imposes some restrictions on the range of users. However, the cost without any problems allows you to purchase this winter lure and a beginner, gradually paying off in the course of use.
- excellent alluring abilities;
- acceptable cost;
- quality fittings from Owner;
- the presence of a bright drop on the tee;
- the ability to fish during the entire fishing season (cast and plumb);
- the flex insert very quickly moves away from the surface of the spoon.