Catching zander with wobblers. Part 1

Catching zander with wobblers. Part 1

Catching walleye in civilized lakes and reservoirs

Vivid examples of civilized reservoirs are most of the reservoirs of the Moscow region: Istra, Ruzskoe, Verkhneruzskoe, Ozerninskoe, Lake Senezh, etc. By and large, these are the habitats of pike perch well known to the reader, where they practically do not catch it with a wobbler. They do not catch because they do not know how, because this is a very specific business, and we can say that it is troublesome.
And nevertheless, such reservoirs are a kind of keys to understanding not only wobbler fishing, but also the habits of a predator that any angler needs to know for successful fishing. A fisherman who has mastered the techniques of catching pike perch in small stagnant reservoirs, in other places it catches without any problems, quickly making an allowance for both the current and the vastness of the “sea” expanses, for example, the Rybinsk reservoir or Lake Onega.

General recommendations

If the predator is at a depth not exceeding 3.0-3.5 m, then it is better to fish with elongated wobblers, whose design allows you to enter the water at an angle of no more than 25-30 °. They don’t alert fish. The effect is achieved when the floating wobbler is driven at the maximum permissible depth. There may be the following options:
1. The wobbler is brought into the water column smoothly, without acceleration (with this technique, you should start fishing). The wobbler plays more due to its properties and parameters incorporated in the design.
2. After a smooth winding, the bait is given a slight acceleration, alternating in the future the pace of the wobbler. Changing the pace of the wiring, periodically forcing the wobbler to accelerate, is possible only with lures with a submersion depth of no more than 1.5-2 m.
3. The wobbler is driven at a depth of 0.5-1 m, sometimes allowing it to rise, after which it is deepened to the same depth and continues to lead at the same pace. This technique can be applied during the battle of a predator in the upper layers of water. The pike perch perceives such a game of a wobbler as the movements of a wounded fish, and he cannot but react to it. Driving a wobbler with an immersion depth of more than 2 m almost on the surface of the water is ineffective, since the pace of its wiring, and with it the game of the bait, does not correspond to the behavior of small fish that make up the main food for pike perch.
4. The wobbler is evenly led in the water column and, due to a decrease in the winding speed, is brought to the surface itself. Then the angler lifts the spinning rod as high as possible and at the same time stands up to his full height. This technique is good during a battle, it imitates small things that jumped out of the water when chasing, and a predator always attacks a wounded fish.
5. The wobbler should not make sharp jumps when moving to another level of wiring. The passage of the wobbler in one plane should be at least 2-3 m. Try not to lower the floating wobbler to a depth not calculated for it. Otherwise, he will completely lose his game and become of little interest to the predator.

Attempts to fish in the bottom layers

Zander is less afraid of a diving wobbler with a large nasal blade when it is at the very bottom. But it is advisable to deepen the floating wobbler not in the supposed location of the predator, but at least at some distance from it, that is, by throwing over its supposed parking lot. When a fisherman catches in the same places for a long time, knowing the places of the predator’s camps (deep edges, underwater hillocks, a fallen tree, the foundation of a flooded house) is a common thing. When fishing from the bottom, the wobbler is forced to dive sharply, touching the bottom with the nasal blade. Then, temporarily stopping the rewinding of the line or simply lowering the rod, let it float up, and then deepen it again by lifting the rod 45 ° up or reeling in the line. Most often, the predator attacks the bait at the moment of its emergence, when it comes off from the bottom by no more than 0.5-1.0 meters.

Fishing of suspected deep-water places with wobblers with noise effect brings a positive effect. It is almost impossible to catch a pike perch with a deep-diving wobbler even with special effects at a depth of 6-8 m in a civilized reservoir, but you will surely be able to whet his appetite, stir up the predator. During the preparatory stage, the wobbler is held across the edge from the depth to the aground. The fishing itself is carried out along the edge, the bait is carried out evenly at the lowest possible speed a few meters from the bottom, and the predator attacks it in all seriousness. When performing any of the above fishing techniques, you should not repeat it more than three or four times in one place. If the angler stubbornly continues to fish in one place, then the omnivorous pike may be interested in the wobbler. When driving a wobbler, the position of the spinning rod relative to the water plays a huge role. An incorrect slope at any stage leads to an early exit of the bait to the surface, or going deep (which is undesirable).

In order to hold the wobbler as long as possible at the bottom during deep wiring, the spinning rod is tilted and pressed to the water from the first meters of the line reeling. In some cases, they finish wiring by lowering the spinning rod into the water almost to the coil. Summarizing the experience of catching pike perch with circles and spinning, I came to the conclusion that pike perch bite less often at the bottom than in the water column or on the surface. But there is one nuance here. The pike perch takes the bait lying on the bottom or moving along it without preliminary processing, which makes it easier to catch. In the water column, the predator acts differently. He, as a rule, stuns the fish for easy capture, sometimes without even opening his mouth, and only after that he swallows. In some cases, the pike perch hits the fish or drives it away from itself, not even going to try it on the tooth, simply “punishing” it for breaking the distance and getting too close to it. Sometimes this is enough to hook the “prickly” one of the tees (more often located at the “belly” of the wobbler).

Despite all the tricks, catching pike perch at depth or in the bottom layers in a reservoir with stagnant water is very problematic. The reason for the failure lies in the fact that the predator is afraid of a large diving wobbler, and it is impossible to bring a slightly deepening wobbler to a depth without special refinement. It should be noted that the additional weight in front of the wobbler, as well as winding a thin strip of lead on the front tee, helps out only on the Lower Volga, and in confined water bodies leads to the loss of the game and the uselessness of further fishing. If the fisherman knows for sure that the predator keeps in the water column, for example, at a depth of three meters (with a total depth of 6-7 meters), then he should start the wobbler (present the bait) in stages, at an angle of 20-30 °, so as not to scare away fish. If in shallow water the angler does not know how to properly deepen the bait, it will be very difficult for him to catch large fish.


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