Roach is one of the most common fish found in rivers and lakes. You can start catching it from the end of April to the end of summer. In spring, the water is usually cloudy, so it will be difficult for you to see schools of fish and determine the places of accumulation of fish.
Features of roach fishing, perch as the most suitable fish for fishing, preparation and conduct of fishing.
Be guided by the trees growing on the shore, the rhizomes of which are located in the water, as well as by the presence of a dense vine shrub hanging over the water. Try to fish in shallow places. In cold water, your hands freeze very quickly, so do not forget that you have very little time for fishing with your hands, 20-30 minutes.
, try to keep their palms facing each other, with their fingers closed. When catching roach, be aware that the latter is kept at the distance of about 1-2 centimeters from the bottom. Therefore, when catching an edge with your palms, you should constantly feel the bottom of the river or the base of the washout under the shore. You will feel the fish literally right away, so at the very beginning of fishing, so as not to scare it away, do not rush.
Get settled in the water, get used to the sensations and calmly deal with the fish. When you gently touch it with your fingers, you will feel that the fish located between your palms is not leaving. A few seconds after the mutual touch, you will guess where the fish has a tail and where the head is. At the same time, you should remember that, as a rule, the fish stands with its head against the stream, and you should settle down in the water so that your face is facing the shore. Then the palms of your hands will automatically be located in planes perpendicular to the direction of movement of the fish, that is, its movement against the current.
Once you determine where the fish has a tail and where its head, do not try to quickly grab the fish, because it will easily break out of your hands. Act simultaneously with both hands: gently squeeze the hand in the palm of which the fish head rests, and hold or push the fish from the side of the tail to the side of the hand that grabs the fish. At the same time, both ribs of your palms feel the bottom, periodically touching it. During spawning, roach has a rough lateral surface. Therefore, you determine it accurately by touch. Try to take the fish in such a way that its head is in the dent of the palm and the tail is caught with the thumb and forefinger.
After the roach is completely in your palm, squeeze it tightly and, having pulled it out of the water, place it suspended from the belt in a cage or throw it ashore. In the same place where the first roach is caught, you will most likely catch the second, third and fourth. If you come across small items, then you can pull out two or more pieces at a time. In this case, each hand in your water should act independently. You can pull out several fish at the same time. Clasping them with both palms and squeezing the last together. In general, remember this rule. When fishing with your hands, if possible, take one fish, and with a large concentration in one place, first select the largest one by touch.
Large roach from reservoirs to small rivers spawns very rarely. Thickets of reeds suit her in small places of the lake, therefore it is very difficult to catch large roach. But if she did meet you somewhere under a cramp or under the beach, be careful and very careful. Touch it with your fingertips, determine approximately its size, one of the hands get close to the head, and the other at this time should constantly feel the tail of a large fish. Slowly with both hands, turn the fish and press it to the bottom with the side surface, first lightly, and then with such an effort that large roach could not escape. Feel the gills at the roach and put the thumb of the right or left hand under the gills, while trying to press the thumb to the index.
At the same time support the roach with your other hand near the tail, raise the fish with both hands and throw it ashore. Do not try to place the fish in a cage attached to your belt, as you risk missing out on large fish caught. Pay attention to the places where willows grow. In their rhizomes, under the coast, roach is collected in large numbers and catching it there is not particularly difficult. This is due to the fact that the roach, on the one hand, is surrounded by thick rhizomes of willow, and on the other, the fisherman’s hands prevent her from leaving. Roach also accumulates in small, sun-heated places, littered with pieces of branches, branches, boards and logs. In these places, roach is a little more difficult to catch, as it has all the escape routes in a variety of directions..
When fishing in the spring, try to choose small places and not dive completely in the water. Roach loves to huddle near blackcurrant bushes hanging over the water. Apparently, the currant smell attracts insects that fall into the water and become a treat for the fish. You can also catch roach all summer, but every day it is becoming increasingly difficult to catch it, as the total number of fish in the river is reduced by predators.
We should not forget that a long stay in the water is accessible only to a seasoned person, therefore, when you feel a chill, get out rather to the shore, take off your wet clothes, change into everything dry. Light a bonfire and keep warm. It is advisable to limit fishing to one entry into the water, which can last from 10 to 40 minutes. In fish places, with sufficient speed and skill of the fisherman, this time is enough to catch the present.
Perch as the most suitable fish for hand fishing.
Early in the morning you can observe sharp bursts in places rich in dense fry and rudd. Perch hunt here, and the hunt continues until the predator is saturated. Then the perch rests in shallow places, dense grass or shallow under the shore. It can also be located under alder rhizomes or in vines. Small perch, weighing two hundred grams, is fussy both during spawning and until the end of the summer season, kept in shelters in small flocks of three to ten pieces. The technique of catching perch is not much different from roach fishing.
The only thing you should always remember is that perch is barbed fish from all sides. The upper fin of the perch, dotted with sharp spikes, at the moment of contact with the hands of the fisherman, instantly straightens. There is a danger of injuring the palms, fingers and the back of the hand. In the event that the bottom is covered with a small layer of silt and a large specimen comes to your hand, try to first grab it with both hands and turn it on its side, pressing the perch sideways into the silt. This gives you the opportunity to deprive the perch of mobility and obstruct the movement of its gills..
As a result, the perch is significantly weakened and after a few seconds you can carefully open your mouth with his right hand and put your thumb in there so that the last goes beyond the gill slots of the perch. With your left hand, in the meantime, hold the perch near the tail and try to press its upper, dangerous fin to the back. Hurry to get the perch out of the water and throw it ashore. In the event that you catch at a considerable depth, swim closer to the shore, where you can firmly stand on your feet with a caught perch in your hands.
You should not put perch on a kukan, especially a larger one, so as not to get scratched, especially about the upper fin. Large perch is quite careful about shock loads. Therefore, try not to hit the rhizomes with your hand or foot, so as not to scare away this fish. Keep in mind that the movement of a frightened perch is straightforward. He flies out of his shelter like an arrow, while it may stumble on your legs or hit hard enough on the body. Catching perch, like roaches, requires some time in the water. During the fishing period, leeches can be attached to your hands or feet, which are abundant in the thick grass and bulrushes.
Fishing with your hands is so exciting and so exciting that you don’t even feel sucked leeches, especially if you are well caught. On the shore, when you see a couple of leeches hanging on your feet, take your time to tear them off with your hands and wait for them to fall off themselves. The place where the leech sucked should be treated with something disinfecting and then rest on the shore so that contaminated water is not sucked into the bleeding wound, which is very unsafe.
Based on the book Hand-fishing.