Part 2. Where to find the pike, the circuit arrangement of gear.
Photo Anatoly Mailkova
Lovers spring catching pike zherlitsy order of magnitude larger than the hunters perch. The reason is that, theoretically, look for pike easier because they do not have to explore the huge expanse of large bodies of water. In general, a lot of pike in ponds larger than walleye. But the most important thing is that the pike in almost all reservoirs.
Catch small pike in small ponds and rivers is not very interesting, although the difficulty of hunting in these conditions might like. In large bodies of water are always bigger fish, but look for it difficult. Search without a specific plan, and some ideas about the behavior of the fish at the moment can be a thankless and difficult task. Increase the probability of success will help knowledge as the relief of the reservoir, and the habits of the fish. Every fisherman accumulate their own experience, which may not coincide with the experience of others. And the findings may be quite different, but that’s fishing.
In my opinion, the most likely routes of predator are about coastal headlands. Another likely place outputs are seamounts, but at the very top of the hill pike comes rarely. Very well be the edge, walking along the underwater vegetation. If the flat terrain of the reservoir is called «trough»Then it makes sense to look for pike, ranging from coastal headland towards depth as pike can be everywhere. One way or another, but even «trough» there pits and hills, rocks and submerged tree branches. In large and deep reservoirs of very promising coastal shallows with smooth down the bottom from the shore to a depth of half a meter. These shores are characteristic of the reservoir with a variable water level. All the good places are united by one — small fish are concentrated. Typically, this fingerlings perch and roach.
With the advent of melt water is the fish to the shore, in the shallows, to the mouths of rivers and streams, so it makes no sense to look for pike in the pits. Now, as I believe, it is safer to look for pike perch next to a pack. I guess a bunch of perch fry drives or small fish in the shallow shelf and pike are behind or alongside. As a perch bream. And there is also a bunch of pike, keeping their order. I suppose that small pike perch to participate in the hunt for small fish and large pike and perch grab.
The reservoirs, which bred sprat, the picture is even more interesting. Ahead is the pen of perch, pike from behind the flock, followed by another and perch. Sudak bit, but he is. A coast curb already occupied burbot. It may seem that it is sufficient to find a flock of bass, and fishing will take place.
Firstly, a flock of active bass remains to be found. Assume found a perch, but suddenly started to drop water. Fish waste instantly meter depth on the three-meter, that is on the edge. Fish waste and gets a few hours, does not move and does not eat. Pike with this scenario will bite, but not as active.
Secondly, the pike is not in the pack perch and nearby. And on either side. When the bass pushes only fry stranded, pike goes behind. Flock perch departs from the shore, and the pike continues to hunt and climb just under the ice in the shallows. She did not get used, because it periodically throughout the winter hunt for the smallest places. But then the pike is on the rocks, and perch on the edge already. This is repeated periodically. All would be good if such a simple scenario was repeated with some frequency in the same place. But as an evil, perch somewhere to go, the weather is changing, and where to find it, is not clear.
This uncertainty pushes the angler to bind to any particular area of fishing. We study the terrain and began to exhibit a number of zherlitsy. And it makes sense to put zherlitsy lot and in different places. If the time-predator is not known, it is necessary to begin to catch the dawn. Ultimately, everything is in the first bite. After three bites picture is clearer, and it is already possible to draw any conclusions. Become known depth and relief, which now zhiruet predator. Well, if this is not the place of passage and not the occasional bite. Then we can concentrate gear and look like a point. It is also determined by the time of biting. The next day, if not change the weather and the water level, it is necessary to begin with this place, but put a few tackles offset deep or shallow. After the first few bites, I immediately move the gear on level bites. For example, the bite started at a depth of a meter. I take the ice screw, do well, stand on it to tackle the depth and ongoing series. Then take the next zherlitsy, ie bear gear slowly, one by one. This certainly leaves a couple zherlitsy at a deeper place. There are likely bite when Pike leaves the bank, but it is desirable to know when it will happen. It may be so that enough time and effort to have time to move the gear for the second time. Catching labor, and more than a dozen zherlitsy one handle hard.
A few words about a snap. I stopped at the snap of the fishing line 0.30-0.35 mm, single or double hook number 1 or 1/0, a lead of fishing line 0.5 mm (if the object is to catch big pike, then I use the line 0.6 mm) and sliding sinkers kartechiny a round shape. That round sinker least overwhelmed at the line while lowering snap under the ice. It is important to choose the weight of the load. He should be, on the one hand, the minimum that after the bite not to resist predators. On the other hand, the weight of the cargo should be such as to counteract attempts to bait fish to hide in the nearest shelter.
Sometimes important to choose the bait. For the lazy fishermen in many stores sell goldfish. But carp are not the best, or rather, not the universal live bait. In many water bodies, especially in those where the pike is enough food in the form of roach and perch, carp predator pays any attention at all. Very good and versatile live bait is a minnow, but personally I have «hand does not rise» use this fish as bait, and even for fishing not so «noble» gluttons.
Personal experience says that at the aggregate for and against the best, we can say, the universal bait fish is perch. Moreover, the local grouper.
In reservoirs with sprat from it does not give up, no predator, however, as from verkhovka. Some may confuse that sprat frozen, that is not active. Reporting that a large pike in many northern lakes with cold bottom water catch and catch it on the fresh snulogo large bait. Bait is placed on the bottom.
If I find one, and I do, in most cases, it is similar to the following tactics. I arrive at the pond before daybreak, drills wells, put zherlitsy and go to the beach to harvest bait. Once caught perch, I immediately «I charge» zherlitsy first, and so on. Usually not charge all zherlitsy before sunrise. After about twenty minutes after sunrise I drill another well. Question — Where? Well, if you already had a bite, then I’m doing well at the same depth, eyebrows or shoal. If the bites were not, well I cook over another perspective, in my opinion, the place. It takes a few minutes and I rented the first zherlitsy, checks the status of bait and tackle stand in a new well. Slowly make the next well, which stand zherlitsy second, and so on until the first bite. The first bite reveals no output predator area and depth.
The most unpleasant thing that can happen is the total absence of fish from the shore. This phenomenon is typical of the reservoirs at the end of winter, when the heat and the influx of melt water yet. You have to find and fry predators above the zone of separation of water over the holes and channels. The hardest thing to take resolute decision and walk away from the shore. Start search again. In such cases, it helps sounder configured for fish of any size. It is important to find not a pike, and a place where concentrated fish and at what depth it. As each new hole is meaningful check fish and the level at which it stands.
Often, the level of the fish in different parts of the waters are different. The lower the level, the better.
Andrew Yanshevskiy31 March 2014 at 00:00