Most of our winter Volgars are used to catching almost all of the fish with active shaking, and they "catch" the stanchion in almost the only case – when they take out a thermos with sandwiches. And that is a fact. Almost all of our anglers are focused on catching perch, and moreover, large perch. He is caught on rather large mormyshki, which almost never know peace – they are in a constant "shaking" movement. Roach and bersh are mined in the same way. If we talk about catching husters, then the correct combination of “shaking” and “stanchion” is required. I don’t know why, but “stand-up” fishing is very attractive to me: you are sitting in a warm tent, the receiver is buzzing in your ears, and you are waiting for a nod. Gustera, like a large bream, prefers to take the bait from the bottom, sucking it. Therefore, her bite is similar to an ordinary bream, to rise.
When I found a pack of boosters in the next hole, I acted as follows. He nodded for a minute or two, smoothly raising the mormyshka no more than a meter from the bottom, and very slowly, with stops, lowered it. If the fish was more or less active, it attacked the mormyshka in the lowering phase. If bites did not occur during these minutes, I lowered the mormyshka to the bottom. However, he did not put a fishing rod on the ice: very often the nod took off a second or two after the mormyshka was at the bottom. This technique is suitable for catching active husters. It happened to me several times that by playing a game I scared away fish, and did not attract. If I felt that the hustler was pecking after a fairly long period of time after I finished nodding and put the fishing rod “on the riser”, then playing with a jigsaw should not be more than once every five minutes and not for long – thirty seconds. It would seem trifles, but how it affected the bite!
In those days when the current was strong, I did not put mormysh to the bottom at all: it was a few centimeters from it. Here the bite of the hustler was no longer “lifting”, but like ordinary downward strikes. In general, it was noticed that in days with a strong current, the fish moved much more actively and catching “on a stand”, although it did not completely lose its relevance, but nevertheless sometimes it lost ground before a competent nodding. Another interesting trick. When you know for sure that the fish is passive and it is under you – and sometimes it is just physically felt! – you begin to gently tap the mormyshka on the bottom. Fishermen say: "To raise the turbidity." So you knock, knock, then you want to raise the mormyshka from the bottom, but you don’t feel its weight! You hook – and the next trophy on the hook.
When there is a strong wind on the Volga, but there is no tent, you have to catch a winter fishing rod. There is something magical about this piece of plastic. The heart of anyone, even the most cold-blooded and restrained, skips a beat when the float, with a little twitching, begins to emerge! But even if you catch with a float, do not forget to periodically raise the mormyshka from the bottom and try at least a little nod. In days with a perceptible course, I am already moving to a more active, "game", catch. As a rule, the fish at this time moves and eats. The main thing here is to find its local cluster. Most often, such clusters are found on a dump, not necessarily steep and sharp, like a zander. The main thing is that there should be a more or less pronounced difference in depths.
But again, not every such dump can attract the attention of our heroine. Here there is one very simple rule: the softer the dump (meaning the soft bottom), the more attractive it is for husters. It is absolutely indifferent to sandy soils; it is more like a muddy bottom. True, I had several cases of capture of a bream on a rocky bottom, but this is most likely an exception to the general rule. I found the best in terms of catching edgebrows in areas with depths from 4 to 6 meters. What is the eyebrow attractive for this fish? When a flow is made on the Volga, movement begins under the water: amphipods, shell rock and other particles of interest to the fish are dragged along the bottom. All this rolls, rolls until it encounters an obstacle in its path, which is exactly the edge. The edges, I note, are not longitudinal, but transverse. Here, respectively, the fish quickly pulls itself up.
It is possible to fully catch the dump only by using the strength of the current. The backward step method is very effective here. In practice, this method looks like this. We find the edge, we drill about five to six meters away from it, lower the deliberately light mormyshka to the bottom and then drive it onto the dump in a step. This is done as follows: they found the bottom with a mormyshka, but because of the current and due to the fact that we had a light mormyshka, it “ran away” – we hand in a little fishing line, we feel for the bottom again, then we throw up the mormyshka, it is picked up by the current again. So we catch as if a jig spinning, just the opposite. Of course, our mormyshka will not reach the top of the dump. But we don’t really need this: it’s important to catch the foot and the lower part of the slope – the parking lots and feeding of the breeding grounds.
In such places, fish is almost always active, but not to the extent that they begin to catch it using the “sport crushing of perch” method. Gustera respects the smooth, soft, measured flow of mormyshka. She loves to attack the bait at the stage of its slow lowering. Bites are very specific. The nod shudders a little, and you lose the feeling of the weight of the mormyshka in your hand, as if it had fallen to the bottom. Often, the hand feels and is simply a striker. Sometimes it makes sense to feed a little on the edge. But this must be done correctly and in no case should you feed fish with kilograms of, say, millet porridge. It is better to use good branded baits, from which the fish will only have an appetite, and there will be nothing special to eat except mormyshka.
The pace of fishing on days with a course is very low, it is better not to rush anywhere. If you find an interesting brow and feed it a little, or immediately catch a tail or two, it makes sense to linger on this hole and catch at least half an hour. In the absence of bites, you can search for fish in another place, but be sure to return to this hole in an hour and a half. There are very pleasant meetings with a dozen or two thick goosterins on a completely inactive and, it seemed, unpromising hole. There is such an unwritten rule on the Volga: the largest fish pecks when there is a current. And sometimes it even happens that all the fish bite only on days with the passage. And this must be remembered by a fisherman going to the Volga for a bream.
author Sergey SEMENOV
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