Light tackle – enviable trophies

Light tackle - enviable trophiesCurrently, among magazine publications, one can increasingly find materials on ultralight gear. Indeed, is it always necessary to double or triple margin of safety? Especially if you are not going to raise driftwood on the fishing line from the bottom of the pond, and the weight of the fish to be caught allows you to use fairly thin monofilaments or braids with a breaking load of up to 4-5 kg. For two seasons in a row I was actively fishing with an ultralight fishing rod with a weight test of 5-25 g. And I was completely satisfied with the results of fishing.

At first glance, it may seem strange to say that an angler using ultralight spinning makes fewer mistakes, concentrating his attention on decisive details and factors. But that is exactly so. Take, for example, such an unpleasant phenomenon as a line break. It is well known that in the vast majority of cases fishing line breaks at the knots. If you observe the knot tying process under a microscope, then it is easy to notice how monofilament under load begins to stretch, naturally thinning, and then breaks. To avoid this, you must make such an effort that will not lead to the destruction of the knot during its tying.

Experienced anglers try to reliably form each knot and check it, in order to make sure that it is tied correctly. This is not easy when you are dealing with monofilament fishing line, the breaking load of which is only 0.9–1.0 kg. Its diameter is so small that all knotting operations turn into real torture, especially if you have low vision. The problem is that a thin fishing line can simply tear in your hands, even if you are not making a lot of effort. More often it happens: some fishers tighten the knot too much (in a critical situation there will be a break), others tighten it insufficiently (when fishing the fish, it is untied easily).

It doesn’t matter whether you catch delicate tackle at competitions or just for your own pleasure, it should be kept in proper form. It is not enough to choose the most perfect fishing line, but you must constantly monitor its condition. In the process of fishing and with not quite accurate handling of monofilament, for example, roughness, burrs and other defects may appear that significantly weaken its strength. Modern multifilament fishing lines are also not immune from the appearance of defects on them, mainly in the form of “breaking up” and breaking the shell. The braid is best attached using a knotless method.

Many spools do not have instructions on the capacity of the spool for monofilaments with a diameter of 0.120.14 mm. This means that such fishing lines most often have to be wound on a spool, partially filled with old fishing line or a pad of porous rubber. After winding, the fishing line should not reach the edges of the sides of the spool by 2-3 mm. When fishing on thin lines, some anglers prefer to use short, soft fishing rods. However, if we take into account that in most cases the casting range and the ability of the whip to provide the necessary cushioning during jerking fish play an important role, then you still need to choose a more authentic fishing rod. Perhaps the most acceptable and workable model will be an Ultra-light type 2.4–2.7 m long. The range of ultralight rods produced by many companies has a wide range of such models.

At the same time, the plug rod has obvious advantages over the telescopic one, since in the first case, the load when fishing the fish is distributed more evenly throughout the whip. Generally speaking, strictly speaking, the secret of a suitable rod for such delicate fishing lies in its ability to smoothly distribute the load from the top to the butt. You should not forget about this when choosing a gear, as well as that the fishing technique for thin fishing lines should also be appropriate. There are many features in this part, without knowledge of which it is impossible to achieve good results. First of all, it is necessary to get rid of reflex actions during fish hooking. If you wave the rod, as if you were going to throw the trophy right into the pan, then you risk breaking the thin line. Instead, let the fish hook themselves. I assure you, she will do it more tactfully. The only condition is the use of hooks with carefully sharpened stings, which can easily penetrate the tissues of the jaws of the fish.

If you can withstand the first few seconds of the fight, extinguishing the fish’s attempts to escape, you have a good chance to win the exciting fight. Conversely, forcing the fight in the hope that the victim is about to give in, the angler is usually doomed to defeat. The principle here is one: you should use light tackle with the greatest efficiency, but be extremely careful at the same time. Of course, an elegant rod and fishing line with a breaking load of up to 2 kg cannot withstand strong pulls and sudden jerks of large fish. This is always fraught with the loss of a trophy. In such situations, it is better to use a calm manner of "working" with fish. If she does not want to budge after a cut, she should hardly be in a hurry. Let's not forget that the fish especially begins to panic when we hurt her.

It is wiser to give the victim a free walk, at which time she will gradually become exhausted. There are more hardy fish, less. This must be taken into account when carefully fighting. In the case when the fish goes deep, try to change the direction of its course, say, to the right. If this succeeds and she goes to the right, move the rod in the opposite direction and try again to change its route. Sometimes such movements of a fish with a bait in its mouth resemble the course of a sailboat sailing tacks under the wind.

During the maneuvers described above, the friction brake of the inertialess coil is adjusted so as to only keep the spool from completely free rotation. Still, the brakes are done manually, with the index finger of the hand in which you hold the rod. Usually, even large fish do not unwind a lot of fishing line, because you tire it on the "circles". It should be remembered that the farther away a potential trophy is from you, the more difficult it is to contact it. The next problem of fishing is that the fish, seeing a fisherman, a boat or being taken out in shallow water, in a panic makes the last desperate throw. A spinning player should always be ready for this dangerous moment. To forestall the fish, it is necessary to lower the tip of the rod below and to weaken the friction clutch as much as possible. That is, at the time of throwing the fish, you must give it the opportunity to go to a deeper place. If, in this situation, trying to stop it at all costs at once, the line break is almost inevitable.

When fishing on the course its own specificity. After cutting, it is not recommended to fish fish against the tide. Most predatory fish use the power of the stream to free themselves from the hook, rushing sharply down the river. If you catch in a wade, after hooking you should try to turn the fish across the stream and without too much haste to find a place in the coastal area where there are no flooded stones, snags and other undesirable obstacles that could interfere with the game. But no matter in what conditions you catch – in the stream or in still water – the main thing, as experience shows, is the ability to measure efforts when moving fish to smaller places or in the upper layers of the water. If this condition is met, the results will be stunning, especially in the reservoirs frequented by fishermen, where predatory fish do not want to twice "step on the same rake."

The help of an experienced companion can greatly alleviate your fate. But it’s better if you will fight one-on-one with worthy fish from start to finish. Only in this way with time will you be able to achieve sportsmanship, become the owner of record copies.

author: Kazantsev V.
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