Autumn feeder fishing for bream

Five or six years ago, I became interested in a new type of fishing – the feeder, which at that time was actively promoted in many fishing newspapers and magazines. What interested me most was the versatility and effectiveness of this tackle. I fish mainly in the reservoirs – Vazuzsky and Verkhneyauzsky, and from fish I prefer bream, although sometimes large roach, silver bream, roach, perch are also in the by-catch. Today I would like to focus on autumn fishing: finding a place, setting up gear, bait and clothing. As a rule, with the beginning of water cooling, bream gradually moves in reservoirs from the coast to deeper places. At this time, bream flocks can be found on the riverbed edges, on deep-water “tables” near the edge or channel.

Using a good bait, that is, a fragrant and high-calorie mixture with the obligatory presence of animal components – maggots, bloodworms, cut worms, it is easy to attract a flock of bream to a place convenient for feeding and keep it there for a long time. The main thing here is to clearly define a good place, feed it carefully and cast the tackle as accurately as possible. The relief of the bottom of the reservoirs is rather monotonous – in fact, these are fields, meadows and forests flooded with water. But on any plain in the past there were roads, ponds and lakes, settlements. Thanks to this, pits and plateaus, curbs and ditches appeared on such reservoirs. To find an interesting fishing spot, I use the following tactics. Instead of a rig with a feeder, I attach a sinker weighing from 20 to 60-80 g to the fishing line, depending on which area of ​​the reservoir I want to explore, whether there is wind and waves. I use a bullet sinker, if they are not at hand, then you can use a simple jig cheburashka. Gradually moving along the shore, every 5-7 meters I make the most distant cast, let the load fall to the bottom, and then slowly drag it along the bottom.

You feel the pits by the sagging of the fishing line and additional falling or rolling of the load, the edge – by the fact that the load has to be pulled with effort, the table or ridge – first at the stop, and then the load falls after a few meters. The nature of the soil is determined in the same way. On a rocky or shell bottom, the blows and movements of the load are more sonorous and light, on clay – soft and viscous. You can also use a float marker, as do carp anglers. There is no difference, it just seems to me that this method is faster. Try to find a good fishing spot, not only in terms of fish, but also in terms of fishing. If you find a table or an edge at the maximum throwing range, then it will not be very convenient to catch there. After all, no one guarantees that the rig will always fly to this place, and even after two or three hours of fishing, the wind, including the head one, may rise. Never be afraid to spend a couple of extra hours looking for a spot, especially if you are going to fish for several days. The fish, if it exists and is going to peck, will not go anywhere from you!

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Having found a good place, we equip it for fishing. We lay out tackle, equipment, cut off uncomfortable coastal ledges, coastal grass, install stands, a cage, be sure to disassemble the landing net. The next step is to prepare the groundbait. Usually I use ready-made mixtures of domestic and foreign production – “Unicorm”, “Milo”, “Dynamite Bates”. Be sure to add to them a little boiled steamed rice, steamed hemp seeds and live components – a chopped worm or maggot. After mixing the bait, I divide it into two parts: I use one for starting feeding, and the second in the process of fishing to fill the feeder. I feed the place with a slingshot or directly with tackle. I do not put a leash with a hook, but only fill the feeder with bait, throw it into the fishing place, release it from the bait with two or three intense jerking movements and exhaust the tackle.

In my opinion, this method is more correct: it allows you to create tracks from the bait at the bottom and distribute it evenly along the bottom. The bait is over, now the question is with the tackle. In the fall, I almost always use a 3.9 meter long feeder as the main one with a test up to 90 g. It allows you to cast over long distances. Taking into account the fact that fish, as I wrote above, occupies deep-sea places, this is very, very important. Baitrunner 2000 or 3000 series reel, 0.2 to 0.25 mm monofilament line. Equipment – symmetrical hinge or with anti-twist. The leash is necessarily long, 30-40 cm. I found it out empirically, rather even statistically. On shorter leashes, bites are much less – apparently, the fish is cautious or a short piece of rigid fishing line behaves unnaturally in the water. Leash fishing line – 0.14-0.16, sometimes even 0.18 mm.

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The hook is small, made of thin wire, rounded. Again from experience: with a small hook, there are more bites, and the fish comes off much less often. When, when choosing a “bream” hook, the seller looks at me with some bewilderment, I no longer hesitate to answer him that “these big and thick” ones should be sold to those who will ask for 0.35-0.40 mm line, also “for bream “. The thin hook will allow you to fish with bloodworms, maggots and worms. It is these nozzles that are most relevant in autumn, although there are cases of good biting on both steamed barley and dough. By the way, the dough with albumin (dry blood) helped me out several times in the most seemingly dead-end situations. The rest of the fishing is quite ordinary, no different from the summer one: casting, waiting for a bite, hooking and playing. The only difference is the more accurate and indecisive bites, so in the fall I use the softest tips.

Now about the clothes. In autumn, especially late, you can safely dress for fishing in the same way as when going out on the ice. You will not go wrong! Sitting in one place in appropriate clothes, if bites are also quite rare, will be not only pleasant, but also justified from the point of view of health care. In general, I am a supporter of layered clothing. A layer of linen, a layer of warming, and then outerwear. Let me explain why. During the search for a place, preparing it for fishing, there is always a fuss. Hands are itching to make the first cast and see the long-awaited bite. At this moment, active sweating occurs. Excess moisture must be taken away from the body so as not to sit wet like a mouse and not freeze! This requires thermal underwear. I refused synthetics. That is, I did not completely refuse, but in the attachment to fishing.

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Skiing – no questions asked! Two or three hours, then wash the laundry, shower yourself! Otherwise, a “pleasant” smell is provided, and if you walk in unwashed linen for several days, then skin irritation. This is why I love linen with natural “ingredients”, preferably wool. Frankly speaking, Western woolen thermal underwear is too expensive, so I opted for T-underwear “Zubr” of domestic production. No questions asked – good blended fabric with merino wool, excellent workmanship, quality and price on par. This is a moisture-wicking first layer. The second should be insulating. In order to assemble a monotonous set, I also chose the insulating layer from the assortment of T-underwear – I liked “Walrus” more. On top of two layers of linen, I put on outerwear – preferably windproof and waterproof. For me on fishing, the main thing is comfort, and such a tactic or philosophy of clothing makes it easy to achieve!

Nikolay LAVOCHKIN