Pause between strokes of the fishing rod

Pause between strokes of the fishing rod

Talk about winter lures can endlessly. Probably, if you make a full review on this topic, you can create a whole multivolume encyclopedia. In this short essay I will try to briefly talk about such a small section of the LITTLE GAME, such as a pause between waves. Why about a pause? Because this is the most understandable action.

What an elephant might look like

Explain the game spinners, talk about how to wave it – a completely subjective matter. Remember the parable of the blind sages feeling the elephant? One wise man, touching the foot of the animal, confidently reported that the elephant looked like a thick tree. The other, feeling his side, recognized in it a wide rough wall. And the third, clutching the trunk, yelled: “Snake! Snake!!!"

Therefore, now we will not consider the entire "elephant". And focus on the most understandable part of it. After all, a pause is easiest to calculate from the side. We do not see what the spinner does under the water after each stroke of the spinner. Changed, and quite imperceptibly from the outside, the dynamics of the fisherman's swing – and that’s it: the bauble began to play in a completely different way. Therefore, it is often impossible to copy the “right” game of the lucky one, even if the spinners are the same. But the pause (time between waves) is visible from the side perfectly. Unless, of course, pay attention to it.

Characteristics of a pause. Long pause

So, let's start with what can be called a short, and what – a long pause. So, in my subjective opinion, a pause of less than 1-1.5 seconds can be called short. The long pause, in my opinion, exceeds 3.5-4 seconds. In fishing reports, there is often a pause of 5, 10, or even more seconds. Someone generally likes to catch almost on a motionless lure. But in my practice, a long pause never brought a decisive result. So that the perches began to be hung on the bait hook one by one. Yes, it was possible to finish off some fish with non-standard behavior of the bait. But that it was a decisive factor in success – never.

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That is, in my opinion, a long pause can be considered as a variety of games when catching “finicky and complex” fish, when each capture can be of significant importance. But for the "distribution" of perch it is pointless to use it. At the same time, it must be understood that on a long pause the bait should continue to move under water. That is, do not freeze almost motionless under the hole, returning to the vertical. In this case, the perch, even if it dares to attack, does it extremely uncertainly. Usually (not always) in this case, the angler feels a sharp idle stick on the bait. And very often, after this, the fish may lose interest in a tasteless and uninteresting object.

There is a little secret here. Personally, I continue to slowly lower the lure down for a relatively long pause of 3-3.5 seconds. Slow enough – no more than 5 cm per second. On the other hand, some anglers slowly raise the bait in a long pause. But the bottom line is that the baubles, even if it starts to stop after deviating to the side, still continues to move, though now not horizontally, but vertically. Someone will say that on a long pause you can move the bait or even shake it. Yes, it is necessary and often very useful. Only, most likely, in this case we are talking about a wave, but very short. That is, the pause immediately at the moment of such shaking formally ended. And this is a completely different story. Not about a pause.

Is it worth it to move?

Well, I usually do not recommend stirring a lure during a pause or playing it like a mormyshka. Although one of the experienced fishermen will probably tell now how, thanks to such a technique, he was able to provoke a flock of hungry trophy humpbacks. In my memory, every time the beginning of my sporting practice pops up, when I considered mormuscular shaking during a pause (and I still caught with a nod) the key to future success. As soon as I ceased to think so, my results went uphill. It is understood that the amount of pause may depend on the amplitude of the swing. In theory, the higher we wave the fishing rod, the farther the spinners will fly away. And the longer it will return to the vertical. Accordingly, we will have the opportunity to significantly extend the pause. Therefore, when dropping the bait from the hole itself, when in the first seconds of the fall the bait has time to go farthest from the vertical, the pause may be the largest.

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Short pause

But a short pause, in my opinion, is much more promising compared to a long one. And with its use I have much more interesting stories. The transition to the “non-stop shake” did not accidentally lead to the capture of fish that could not catch the fast-moving bait in any way. And more often associations with the real teasing of the gathered perch flocks come to mind, when the fish began to literally attack the spinner like crazy. It all started on Ladoga, when my partner (Sasha Combinator) and I were just mastering ice fishing on this lake. And somehow we did not bite at all. But the local peasant was fishing literally in every hole. We approached him and began to find out the size, make and color of the balancer on which he was catching. We set the exact same bait – but the result was the same. In the end, the peasant revealed the “secret”: “Guys, I’m leaving this place anyway. Shake your balance more often, this perch is a good racket. ”

We began to shake the balancer like crazy, generally without pauses: the balancer only managed to play, as he had to immediately throw him up. And – about a MIRACLE – we also began to bite beautiful humpbacks in almost every hole! True, in such a game the fish was more rewarding, not keeping up with the tossing tee. But after these “hurts,” the fish had to slightly increase the pause – and the bites became more confident. This is precisely how the correct pause value is selected during the fishing process: if the fish is re-energized (or pecks directly at the moment of swing), the pause should be slightly increased. Not dramatically, but literally a little bit. If the bites constantly follow significantly earlier than the start of the next swing (for example, almost immediately after wagering), then it is worth reducing the pause.

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And if there are no bites?

However, in a situation where the pause needs to be changed dramatically, such fine-tuning may not help. After all, there can be no bite at which you set the pace. And in this case, sometimes you need to switch the "gearbox to several speeds at once." So it was at the Russian championship in Uglich in 2015: at some point I noticed that successful athletes from other teams shook their lures with almost no pauses, while our team preferred standard pauses between waves – about 2 seconds. The transition to the main pause of “less than a second” then helped me to confidently win this most significant lusty tournament both for our St. Petersburg team and for me in the individual competition.

author Sergey Usov

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