Mug, floating equipment for fishing predatory fish, device and materials, disk and stick sizes, painting and assembly of the mug.

The circle is a floating tackle for catching predatory fish. It consists of a disk inserted into a disk of a stick and a snap. The best material for making the disc is a one-piece cork and foam. The disc cut out of these materials is lightweight and strong enough. It has excellent buoyancy, easily spins when a predator grabs live bait and pulls the forest. Such discs, having little weight, are very convenient for long trips to fishing. 

Mug, floating equipment for fishing predatory fish, device and materials, disk and stick sizes, painting and assembly of the mug.

The discs are also made from linden, spruce, aspen and alder wood. A groove for winding the forest is selected around the circumference of the disc. In the center, a hole is drilled into which the wand is inserted. Two cutouts are made on the upper side of the disk (usually painted red) to secure the scaffold and eliminate its arbitrary winding from the gutter.

Cutouts do not reach the bottom edge of the red side of the disc. Since only under this condition the predator easily winds the forest. The wrong cutout, across the entire top side, is one of the reasons for the empty flips. Forests in such a cutout are stuck, and the predator, feeling resistance, throws bait.

Right and wrong cutouts on a disk mug.

Mug, floating equipment for fishing predatory fish, device and materials, disk and stick sizes, painting and assembly of the mug.

Disks from cork and polystyrene are smaller than wood in size, their diameter is 130 mm. Here are the usual sizes of a wooden disc for fishing in bodies of water where there is pike and pike perch. For smooth reeling of fishing line, the edges of the groove are rounded and polished..

A wooden disc has the following dimensions:

Diameter 150 mm.
30 mm thick.
Gutter width 10 mm.
The depth of the gutter 10-15 mm.
Diameter of the central hole 10-15 mm.
Weight does not exceed 4 kg.

When catching a larger fish, the diameter of the disc must be increased to 180-200 mm. Disks are sanded with sandpaper and puttyed with putty made on natural drying oil. Putty should be thin. Weighting the disc is undesirable.

A cork and foam disk is best putty with fine cork dust. It remains from processing the mug with sandpaper. Puttying is recommended on varnish or glue. After drying, the circle must be sanded again with sandpaper and then painted. To achieve a more even color, the circle should be proliferated and coated twice with oil paint.

Disassembled mug.

Mug, floating equipment for fishing predatory fish, device and materials, disk and stick sizes, painting and assembly of the mug.

You can use nitro-paint, but in this case it is impossible to oily, because the nitro-paint dissolves drying oil and the surface of the circle will be rough. It is customary to paint the upper side of a disk in red or orange, and the lower side in white. The color of the disc is of great importance, since during fishing it facilitates the observation of gear. In addition, the color change of the part of the disk located above the water from red to white (invert) indicates that the bait has been captured.

Stick for mug.

A round stick is inserted into the hole of the disk with a thickening at the lower end, a head, and a slot on the upper. The length of the stick should be at least 150-180 mm. Thickness across – 10-15 mm.

To facilitate the removal of the stick from the disk, it is necessary to glue a stopper drilled in the diameter of the stick into its hole. The spring walls of the cork will fix the stick at any height and will not prevent it from being removed if it swells. The wand is painted in two colors. The middle part is white, the top with a slot is black. Head – three quarters white and one quarter black.

The combination of two colors improves the visibility of the wand, and the white-black head when flipping shows from afar, the circle is spinning or standing motionless. The stick serves not only to facilitate the turning of the circle, but also to regulate its course and greater stability.

When assembling the mug, the stick is not always inserted to failure. The less the stick is lowered in the disk, the more stable the circle. This is necessary if large bait overturns it. In addition, a lower lowering of the sticks in the disc of the circle slows down its progress in high wind.

Assembled Mug.

Mug, floating equipment for fishing predatory fish, device and materials, disk and stick sizes, painting and assembly of the mug.

Disks of circles and sticks pre-selected for them are usually numbered by one number. This is necessary so that during fishing do not waste time picking sticks. The thickness of the stick of one circle does not always exactly fit the hole of the other. The numbering of the circles is important for the fishing technique. The circle-maker, having noticed the numbers of the circles established at different depths and acquired by fish of different breeds, can get very valuable information for the success of catching information, at what depth and at what rate the predator takes better.

Numbers are placed on both sides of the disc and on the thickened end of the stick. Currently, some fishermen on the top of the disk circle mark the name of the live bait breed. It is very convenient when fishing for live bait fish of various breeds. To do this, an arrow is drawn on the upper part of the stick, and the initial letters of live bait rocks are placed around the circumference of the disk, at the same distance from each other. For example: P (roach), K (crucian carp), O (perch), E (ruff), etc..

When you snap a circle, the arrow is set against the letter meaning the name of the bait, which will be used to make tackle. The circles must have equal size and weight for the same speed of movement on the water. If some circles go far ahead, while others are far behind, the circle begins to dart around, risking being late for cutting and losing circles.

To protect the mugs from spoilage in the spring, before the start of the fishing season they need to be cleaned of dirt, remove all roughness with sandpaper, and then painted. Keep the mugs in a dry place..

Based on the book Catching Fish on Mugs.
Bernstein S.M.

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