Pike fishing with rubber fish is one of the most successful methods of fishing for predatory fish with artificial bait. After all, you probably won’t find a lure in such great variety in the fishing shop. In this article you can find out exactly what makes fishing with rubber fish for pike so special.
By the way: Towards the end of this article you will learn a really great trick with which you can easily build a perfect and extremely catchy pike rubber fish yourself. So be curious and make sure to read until the end of this article.
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1 Why rubber fish for pike?
This is a question especially for beginners and old-established anglers who have only caught fish with spinners and spoons. After all, there are many other artificial lures for pike fishing besides rubber fish, such as plugs, spinners and spoons. After all, why should you choose a rubber bait?
In contrast to the classic “hard” lures (also known as “hard baits”), the soft rubber material offers an unbelievable variety of possibilities to imitate the prey fish and animals of predatory fish. After all, this is exactly what we are aiming for when fishing for predatory fish with artificial baits. The almost perfect imitation of the existing prey of the predator in its territory.
Rubber fish offer us almost endless possibilities to address the individual charms of the predators and to have the perfect bait for every situation. After all, there are big, small, strong but also weak moving rubber lures. They come in a wide variety of colours, shapes and even flavours. As already mentioned, these lures appeal exactly to the predators’ charms, for example by seductively running, special colour patterns or special vibrations to persuade the pike to bite.
In the following you will find a small compilation of different rubber fish for pike. We will come to the individual models of the rubber fish and their advantages in the further course of this article:
So if you want to fish successfully for predator fish and especially with artificial bait for pike, you should definitely carry some rubber fish with you.
2. in what situation should you use a rubber fish?
To answer this question correctly we must again refer to the variety of different rubber fish. Because by using a rubber fish we can imitate the predator’s various prey fish (be it a small rudd or a large bream), we can use a rubber bait for pike fishing in the most diverse situations.
So you can use a rubber bait for pike fishing in really all conditions. It simply depends on which model, colour, size and weight is used for fishing.
If you want to fish for pike on a large deep lake, you will of course have to choose a rubber fish that sinks quite quickly (i.e. it should be rather slim to offer less water resistance) and is equipped with a rather heavy lead weight.
At the same time when fishing in very shallow, small waters you can rely on rubber lures that are equipped with very light weight or no weight at all.
It’s also not bad if the lure is a bit more voluminous to displace more water when you pull it in and thus ensure more attention. After all, in quite small waters even the slightest noise and “splashing” will make the pike curious and make them go on the prowl.
But of course caution is also required here. A rubber bait of over 30cm, which triggers a real explosion on impact, can also scare the fish away in small lakes.
So it’s not true that you can only use a rubber fish in certain situations. The family of rubber fish is so broad and so huge that a suitable model can be found for every situation.
3. the best rubber fish models for pike fishing
Due to the fact that there are so many different lure models it is of course almost impossible to describe all of them in one small article. For this reason I would like to introduce you to some very successful pike rubber fish and explain why they are so effective.
It should be noted that these 7 listed pike rubber fish have a certain ranking. The first rubber lure is probably the most unnatural and the last / seventh the most natural lure.
This means that a natural pike rubber fish is most similar to the actual prey fish, while an unnatural pike rubber fish is usually the result of fantasy and is intended to attract the predator with its aggressive running behaviour only to bite.
- Creature-Bait (creature bait): Unlike many other pike rubber fish, this rubber fish model does not imitate the prey of predators. However, this lure bursts with action with its twister sleeves + twister tail paddling in the water. In general, rubber lures that have such curved twister tails are very good rubber fish for pike fishing, as they can be caught both very quickly and very slowly and at the same time have a seductive game underwater. In addition, this lure, with its slats built into the body, creates vibrations in the water that attract the pike.
- Big twisters: As already described, rubber fish with twister tails are very suitable for pike fishing. With this lure the quite big tail provides seductive vibrations that often lure even a quite old experienced pike out of the reserve.
- Rubber fish with paddle tail: This lure is probably the most common form of pike rubber fish. The plate tail, which comes in various sizes, turns very strongly underwater and thus provides unbelievably big vibrations, which the predators feel and attract several meters away.
- Rubber fish with unnatural color patterns: Although we want to imitate the prey fish when fishing for pike with rubber fish, every now and then we have to help the predators in certain situations. For example, in very murky, dark water, a conspicuous green rubber fish can encourage the predators to bite. In this case we not only address the fish’s lateral line organ with our vibrations of the rubber fish, but also the eyes of the pike.
- Striking details (eyes on the lure): Similar to the eyes of predatory cats, which usually attack their prey by the head, it also behaves underwater. Because predatory fish also attack their prey mostly at the head. A rubber fish for pike, which has a conspicuous head with large eyes, is thus better perceived by the predator and gives him the opportunity to fix his prey more precisely before he starts the deadly attack.
- Natural colours for clear waters: Our number 4 is particularly suitable for fishing for pike in murky waters. In fairly clear lakes, on the other hand, it is important to address the fish with their main hunting organ. Whereas a pike in murky waters is more likely to pay attention to vibrations, a pike in clear lakes hunts more with its eyes. Accordingly, our pike rubber fish should have a natural colour pattern. Especially in clear water, silver and blue tones have crystallized out for this, as these probably best imitate the scale dress of the prey fish.
- One to one imitations: This rubber fish was almost perfectly modelled on a slim white fish. Thus we remain true to our rule and imitate with a simple rubber fish as far as possible the prey of the robbers. In very overcrowded waters, in which a lot of fishing is done or in crystal clear lakes these pike gummy fish models are particularly suitable.
4. small parts for pike fishing with gummy fish
If we want to fish pike with gummy fish as simply as possible, there are a few basic small parts that we should take with us when we visit the fishing shop.
Finally a rubber fish has to be pulled onto a hook, compared to a spoon or plugs that are simply hooked in.
5. the jig or also lead head
This special hook, which like the rubber fish exists in numerous shapes and sizes, is best suited for fishing for pike with rubber fish as uncomplicated as possible. One of the best shapes is the so-called “round head” (round lead ball shape). This has the best flying characteristics and can be combined with almost any rubber fish due to its numerous sizes. Depending on the size of the rubber fish, the hook size of the jig head must therefore be adjusted. Here you find some values for orientation:
- Rubber fishes from 6-8 cm: hook length of 3-4 cm
- Rubber fishes from 8-12 cm: hook length of 4-5 cm
- Rubber fishes from 12-20 cm: Hook length from 5-7 cm
I have intentionally not mentioned hook sizes for this small orientation, because every manufacturer differs with his hook sizes from the real centimetre specifications. At one manufacturer the 3/0 hooks are 3cm long, whereas at the other one they are 4cm long.
And of course the above specifications are only guidelines. Every rubber fish is built differently and because of the different shapes the body and the tail of the lure are in different relations. So a 20cm rubber fish can have a body that is only 10cm or a 15cm long.
So as a basic rule you should remember that the hook of your jig head should come out in the front third of your rubber fish.
6. the additional fear triplet or stinger
There are many names for this additional triplet, which is attached to the back of your pike rubber fish. Especially with lures longer than 12cm, such an additional triplet can usually decide on success or failure. Especially if the fish bite a little hesitantly.
Now you might ask yourself why you don’t just use a longer jig head that doesn’t come out in the front third but for example from the middle of the rubber fish.
The reason for this is that we stiffen our rubber fish completely by using a jig hook that is too long. So we lose the advantages of the rubber fish. Namely that it runs seductively underwater and imitates the prey fish all the more because of its soft material.
So it’s better to choose a slightly shorter jig head that exits in the front third of the pike rubber fish and to fix an additional triplet in the back.
This way the running behaviour of the lure underwater is preserved and we still have the chance to catch even cautiously biting predators.
7th lure trick: The perfect pike rubber fish – Out of 2 Mach 1
As promised I would like to give you a trick to help you build a very successful pike rubber fish. More of these lure tricks and how you can save a lot of money in the tackle shop, you can find here.
How to fish for pike with a rubber fish
This little rubber fish unfortunately lost out after a long day in the water. After numerous hungry robbers the tail of this lure broke off.
To be able to continue working with this lure we remove the end of the rubber fish with a sharp knife or a razor blade. With this we have a clean surface with which we can now work.
The ends of a twister are perfect as a replacement tail. But if you find another suitable tail in your bait box, it can be combined wonderfully. Here creativity is needed to turn your rubber fish into something special.
Also with this second rubber fish (Twister) we remove the back part with the help of a razor blade in order to have as flat an interface as possible.
Now we have to connect the two different parts as robust as possible. Here a special “rubber fish melting tool” is suitable for broken soft baits to melt the interface of the two rubber parts.
Learn how to build this special “rubber fish melting tool” at home.
Now that the two parts of our rubber fish are connected to each other to some extent, we can use our tool to melt the interface a little further.
After some fine work with our tool we then hold a completely new rubber fish in our hands, which has an extremely seductive, unprecedented running behaviour under water.
This mixing of different rubber baits can of course be applied to any bait size and shape. This quite big lure has now grown a bit more due to the additional twister tail and has an incredible flank under water that drives many a pike crazy!
I really hope that you enjoyed this article and small lure trick and that you are already using your creativity to create a new pike rubber fish for you.
This lure trick is from the book 10 Mysterious Lure Tricks. In it you learn how to make your existing rubber fish even more catchy, which artificial lures are crucial when fishing for predatory fish and how you can save more money in the tackle shop. The book with its tricks ad can be found here.
With this in mind, I wish you lots of fun and of course success on the water when pike fishing with rubber fish.