A brief introduction to pencil lure

What I want to share with my fishing friends today is pencil lure bait. Some people call it the "devil" on the water! So, why is it called a water monster?

Pencil bait is a floating bait in the surface water series of baits. When the pencil twists its body on the water, it will show a charming "dance posture" and the water will stir up waves. The seemingly elegant water snake is actually a devil that cannot be messed with.

Because pencil baits usually parade alone on the water, shuttling back and forth on the water in rivers and lakes, bait pencils are also called lonely dancers. So what kind of bait is noodle pen?

pencil bait

1. First, let’s learn about the bait pencil
1) Physical properties

The Lure Bait Pencil adopts a slender body design, and the entire shape is slender and resembles a pencil. From the outside, it looks like a lifelike little fish. Lure pencil body colors and single tail pencil colors can be divided into 2-3 or more types. There are very few single tail baits of the same color.

2), overall structure

There is an iron ring on the floating pen head at the fish's mouth, which is used to tie bait. There is an iron ring on the tail, under the body, and on the abdomen. These two hoops are used to tie fish hooks, but pencil baits are also available. Below are double loops and double hooks, but they are generally larger pencil lead baits.

Caught with pencil bait

3), external hook type

The hook on the pencil is very important. Fish caught with pencils are usually aggressive fish, not only manic but also very violent. Fish hooks are all three-hook, and barbed fish hooks must be used.

4) Suitable fishing environment

Floating pencils have a wide range of adaptability and can be used not only in freshwater rivers and lakes, but also in inland rivers and ponds. Pencil baits can be used year-round. At the same time, it can not only fish during the day, but can also be retracted on the water when used at night. The effect is also very popular among fishing friends.

Why is the floating pencil bait, known as the "Water Demon", so obsessed with lure enthusiasts? What is its charm?

Double belly hook pencil lure

2. What fish species do artificial bait pencils mainly catch?
The graceful dance and lifelike movements make predatory fish willing to be fooled. Floating pencils are specifically designed for these fish and perform extremely well.

Culter alburnus
The reason why it is easy to catch Culter alburnus with a floating pen is closely related to its habits. This fish is both tolerant of low temperatures and loves high temperatures, so it has a strong appetite all year round. Even in the cold winter, it will look for food everywhere, but usually only eats in deeper waters after the temperature rises. Close to the shore.

This fish is a pelagic fish and is good at swimming. There is a saying: "A journey of a thousand miles by day is a journey of eight hundred miles by night." It moves very fast and likes to hunt fish and shrimp on the water surface. He opens his mouth and has a habit of chasing the wind and waves. If it sees small insects or fish floating on the water, it will immediately chase them. It rides the wind and waves, is more active in the morning and evening, and also parades in groups.

Fishing for catfish with a bait pencil is different than fishing for finches. Catfish are smart because they are fast-paced and like to chase fast bait. Catfish are also known as freshwater tigers. It is extremely ferocious and has few natural enemies in fresh water. Wild catfish mainly live in rivers, lakes and large reservoirs.

Anchovy is a pelagic fish that is good at swimming and very fast, and can catch prey quickly. It is a large carnivorous fish that mainly feeds on fish and is also a freshwater economic fish. Mandarin fish are good at attacking and chasing other fish, and are more ferocious than the snakehead fish, mandarin fish, etc. that we are familiar with.

sea ​​bass
Bass fishing is even better than Cape fishing with a floating pen. The reason is that bass are ferocious and like to live near vegetation, brush and dead brush in the water. It specializes in ambush hunting. As the bait pencil dances on the water, once a bass spots it, success is guaranteed.

Pencil baits are also a good choice for bass fishing

3. Whether the bait pen can be used for fishing depends on the operation method.
While pencil baits are part of the surface family like wave crawlers and other fish baits, pencil baits are different. Because of the pencil bait's unique movement pattern, it walks in a "Z" shape as it dances across the water. This posture is also known as "walking the dog" or "walking the dog" in the lure circle. This pace not only makes a sound on the water's surface, but also simulates the motion of a frightened fish scurrying in all directions.
After casting the bait pencil (both the spinning wheel and the dripping wheel are acceptable), wait until the pencil falls to the water surface, press the rod tip toward the pencil, and retract the excess until the main line and the bait enter a straight line. You can shake it a little at this point. The purpose is to allow nearby carnivorous fish to discover the presence of artificial bait. Sometimes after entering the water, it will "intercept and kill" and explode in the water instantly. Wait a few seconds. If there is no fish mouth, the bait is working.
Bait control is the most critical step in the entire operation. Use the strength of your wrist to rock or press the clubhead, and then return the clubhead to its original position. When the joystick reaches the top, the rewinding action of the reel is synchronized. However, there is no need to retract the line when the rod tip is pressed. As you lift the rod tip, retract the excess rope. During bait control, you can also pause. By repeating this, the bait pen can move forward smoothly in a "Z" shape on the water surface, which is what fishing friends in the circle often call "walking the dog". At the same time, the bait pen and the specific bait control rhythm also distinguish different fish fishing. So, how to control the method specifically?

4. When operating a bait pencil, you need to pay attention to the details in order to catch different fish.
When operating the bait pencil, distinguish three techniques: continuous small twitching, pause plus small twitching, and combination of fast and slow twitching.

Constant little twitching. If you keep twitching the tip of the rod, the pencil will swim like a water snake on the water surface. This swimming style imitates the scene of a frightened small fish running around on the water surface when it feels very scared. This technique is very tempting to the bass. In waters with better water quality, you will see bass following and then bursting into the water instantly.
Pause and small twitching. Pause and twitch. This technique is quite simple. After throwing the bait in place, pause for about 8-10 seconds each time, then make a small twitch, then pause for 3-5 seconds, twitch again, and repeat. This technique is extremely tempting to curl your lips. Usually, fish will not bite the bait when it is twitching, but whenever the bait stops and just starts to twitch, it is most likely to snap.
A combination of fast and slow pumping. We mentioned before that the catfish is very smart and will not be interested if the bait pencil is slow in the water. Therefore, when the bait enters the water, it must twitch quickly. After continuous rapid twitching, the bait is slowly twitched in the water for a period of time, mainly to cause movement, and then it is twitched quickly. The purpose of this is to make the aggressive catfish discover the bait pencil and accelerate the twitching, so that the catfish will mistakenly think it is real.

Finally: the bait pencil, although it is both a devil and a dancer, it should also be used according to the time of day when fishing in the wild. When using a pencil to fish for croakers, you usually choose the morning and evening periods. These two time periods are when small fish surface, and croakers will also surface for fishing at this time. So, this is the best time to use your pencil.

In rainy weather and at sluice gates and other places, pencil fishing can be used throughout the day. At the entrance of the riverside tributary, in the evening, catfish will swim to this area to hunt. At this time, use a pencil to quickly search the water surface, and pause briefly during bait control.

When you see water exploding on the water surface, you must be careful and don’t rush to fish with your pole. Because, sometimes, although fish bite the bait and fry the water, they do not eat it. Therefore, it depends on the curvature and alignment of the fishing line and fishing rod. If it has entered the mouth, it can be penetrated with only a little force. Do not use excessive force to prevent it from rebounding and stabbing you.

Fishing friends, these are some of the author’s experiences and methods when using lures and surface pencils. What are your opinions and better techniques on this?

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