An important point in the hunt for bream is the ability to correctly present a nozzle to it. If you closely follow publications in the modern periodicals, you probably noticed that here we have a certain gap. In this case, I would explain the lack of specificity by the desire of fans of fishing bream to create a universal snap. But the fact of the matter is that different fishing conditions require a different type of equipment. This question is wide enough, and here I will only touch on fishing in still water and places where there is almost no current. The term “presentation” (presentation of the bait) is more often used by fly-fishing companies when it comes to the manner of feeding an artificial fly with giving it an appropriate natural movement that most attracts fish. All this, although to a lesser extent, relates to fishing for bream.
When fishing with a float fishing rod with a dull snap (without rings), the gainer most often turns out to be the angler, who, by trial and error, will be able to choose for himself such tackle in which the errors of individual elements are minimized. The main element is the rod. The range and accuracy of casting, the softness of hooking, the degree of depreciation during jerking of the fished fish largely depend on its characteristics. Recently, we have a number of magnificent rods produced by foreign companies. Unfortunately, for the time being they are not available to everyone. Therefore, the overwhelming majority of lezhnikov use relatively cheap domestic models, among which, in my opinion, the “Master”, “Expert”, “Sabaneev” and some others are a pleasant exception. I am personally quite pleased with my Master’s carbon fiber rods. True, they were made to order.
For bream fishing, the rod of medium stiffness is most acceptable, which makes it possible to deliver the nozzle to a well-fed place without special problems, not only in calmness, but also with significant headwind or crosswind. However, it must be borne in mind that the stiffer the rod, the thicker it is necessary to put the main fishing line and leash. And this, as a rule, significantly reduces the number of bites. The disadvantages of soft models include the impossibility of accurate casting in windy weather, the unpredictability of the rod tip at the time of hooking, and, as a result, delay. And in the process of fighting, they behave not in the best way, bending literally into an arc, even from a kilogram bream.
Let us return, however, to the main topic of our conversation – how to choose equipment so that when casting and presenting the nozzle it does not cause suspicion in such an extremely cautious fish as bream. It is well known that, in addition to a very short spring fishing for posting, this fish most often has to be caught on baits lying at the bottom. And this, in turn, determines the choice of design of the float and the most optimal options for loading it. Immediately ask ourselves the question: “Can a bream be guarded by a garland of pellets above the hook, and even if the leash and the main fishing line are stretched in a straight line?” Probably yes!
Now let’s imagine another option: the hook with the nozzle is 10 centimeters away from the small feeder sinker lying on the bottom, that is, by the length of the inconspicuous leash, which is a right angle with the 0.15-0.20th fishing line. Above the sub-pitch, in 10-20 centimeters (depending on the activity of the bite), we will fix the main sinker in the form of an ordinary-looking “olive”. I dare to assure you, ceteris paribus, the chances of catching a “gold-faced” in this case, we will noticeably increase. But the main thing, of course, in another – in the careful setting of the float (at home), as I will say a little lower.
I think it is not so important who and when for the first time subdivided our floats into “sports” and “amateur”. Most likely, this happened due to the wretchedness of the domestic fishing tackle market during the years of stagnation. For decades, our plants have been stamping unattractive, coarse plastic floats (now switching to hard polystyrene foam), while foreign firms – “D. A. M. ”,“ P. E. X. Floats ”,“ Shakespear ”and others have produced excellent floats that meet the most demanding tastes. With these products, for the manufacture of which are used balsa, Indian cane, peacock feather, high-quality plastic and other scarce materials, we primarily bought fishermen who participated in international fishing competitions. From the brought samples began to make copies. Thus, a sports float is nothing more than an achievement of Western Europeans transferred to Russian soil. Thank God, it’s not difficult to get good floats in Moscow now.
At one time, I tried dozens of models of foreign floats for fishing bream. Having an antenna of 30-40 mm and a keel of 30-70 mm, they behaved perfectly when, along with a bream, they took roach, rudd, ide. When only bream was concentrated on the feeding place, I changed the equipment every time, using a Waggler-type balsa float with an extended (up to 1012 cm) black antenna, which surrounded not “sporty”, but taking into account the peculiarities of purely bream bite. Bream is a tall fish. To take the nozzle from the bottom, he, one way or another, takes an inclined position. Raising the nozzle slightly, the bream relishes it for some time, then it becomes horizontal and moves to the side or in depth. Now let’s compare how a regular bobber and a specially bream float react to a similar bite, which for convenience we will call “regular”. In the first case, as you know, the main sinker immerses the float at 2/3 of the length of its body (until thinning in the upper part). The stock also drowns the float to the base of the antenna. Therefore, regardless of the distance by which the bream lifted the nozzle, such a float pops up only 1/3 of the body. At the same time, it is often necessary to calculate the moment of cutting not visually, but speculatively, which does not always work.
A regular bream float behaves more reliably. It is surrounded in such a way that the main sinker completely drowns its body. The weight of the subset is selected so that in the working state of the equipment the long antenna only 1-2 mm out of the water. After casting, we gently pull the float onto ourselves – the sub-reserve lies on the bottom, and the tip of the antenna (1-2 cm) appears above the water. This is enough to follow the bite without straining your eyes. Western European fishermen call this method of loading “Liftmethode”, rightly considering it the most successful in relation to fishing for careful bream. In this case, two options for loading are possible: with a weak bite and calm, it is advisable to raise the main sinker as high as possible, and then the antenna that is completely out of the water will “tell us” about the time of cutting.
With active zhora, the main sinker can be positioned 10-15 cm from the sub-pass. In this case, the bream, especially large, puts the entire float on the water. Which, speaking in figurative language, means: the “elevator” has risen to the desired “floor”, and the option of zero buoyancy of your float no longer works. In windy weather, so that the float does not drift and the bait does not drag along the bottom, it is desirable to move the main load to the reloading. Usually experienced trainees have a set of ready-made equipment for various fishing conditions. They store snap-ins on special walkers. The leash to the main fishing line is attached in a loop-to-loop fashion. On the choice of leash is worth mentioning specifically.
… Somehow, having arrived early in the morning on a well-fed place, I was too lazy to replace the leash with a diameter of 0.11 mm, on which I had caught a small scavenger the day before. And suddenly he took a large bream onto a bunch of bloodworms. It took me to stand up to my full height and show all my skills so that I could hardly hold the fish for several minutes. Fortunately, the leash broke after I brought the bream into the net. Of course, we made him so sensible that there was no question of any further biting. I had to urgently feed another place.
As practice shows, when catching a large bream in the early morning and late evening hours, as well as in cloudy weather, if the bite is good, it is quite appropriate to put a leash of soft fishing line with a diameter of 0.15-0.17 mm. But in clear sunny weather, it should be much thinner. If you catch at night with a luminous float (and sometimes such fishing is more effective), you should not get carried away with thin leashes. Large bream are not taken so often, and the equipment must be set reliable, so as not to lose the coveted trophy.
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